PWA World Cup Sylt: superlative among the windsurfing events
The World Cup in Sylt represents the superlative among the windsurf events. Not necessarily for the surfing conditions – but with regard to the number of visitors, prize money and enthusiasm for the sport, this cult event is the unchallenged front-runner on a world-wide scale.
In september 2008 the event celebrates its 25. anniversary. The organizers expect over 100 athlets from 30 nations to compete on Germany's most famous island. Overall 105.000 Euro price money is in the pot. Already since 1984, the traditional spectacle takes place at the Brandenburger beach of Westerland, thus embodying the worthy finale of the PWA World Cup Tour. There, freestyle conjurers, slalom pilots and wave virtuosi fight for the last and maybe decisive points in the overall results.
Because in Sylt, not only the winners of the event will be crowned, but also the new world champions – for instance in 2007 the young Brazilian Marcilio Browne in the category freestyle and the French Antoine Albeau in slalom 42, the slalom variant of the PWA. The stars of the waves had to be patient for the first time in 2007, because another tour stop in frosty Scotland lay ahead of them.
Sylt, that meant no less than 190.000 visitors in 2007, more than 100 surfing pros, 105.000 € prize money and 6.340 square meters of performance space. The event attracts media attention and each year again is a favourite topic in the news reports all over the country. The World Cup in Sylt is not only the biggest windsurf event in the world, but also the biggest fun sports event in Germany, with regard to the numbers of visitors. (Video Tonix Pictures)
Sylt, that meant no less than 190.000 visitors in 2007, more than 100 surfing pros, 105.000 Euros prize money and 6.340 square meters of performance space. The World Cup also attracts media attention and each year again is a favourite topic in the news reports all over the country. The World Cup in Sylt is not only the biggest windsurf event in the world, but also the biggest fun sports event in Germany, with regard to the numbers of visitors.
Ashore there’s also a lot to see
The social programme of the world cups in no case has to hide behind the show on water. Surf simulators, beach soccer and volleyball, the “Quattro High Jump”, by means of which especially venturous visitors can survey the event from airy heights, legendary parties and of course interviews, autograph sessions and meetings with several national and international stars of the scene are all part of the programme. Record world champion Björn Dunkerbeck, for example is a permanent resident on Westerland and has already experienced some of the most beautiful moments in his life there. Whoever plans to visit this mega event, but hitherto hasn’t been in touch with the surf sport, can find here the necessary "basics".
20-metre-high jumps with gale-force wind against an urban backdrop – that’s the World Cup in Gran Canaria. Willingly advertised as the “European Hawaii” by tourism experts, the Canary Islands meet this reputation especially in the summer months.
The 17 year old whirlwind Sarah-Quita Offringa extends her unprecedented run for the season 2008 and wins the freestyle title at the PWA World Tour in Fuerteventura. The 19 years old Brasilian Marcilio Browne wins in outstanding heats the freestyle title in the men section.
During five days of exciting windsurfing action, the 100.000 visitors witnessed one more time Bernd Flessners leading position in the German Windsurfing scene. For the 13th time in a row he finished the national season as the best windsurfer.