Victor Fernandez Victorious At 2010 PWA Cabo Verde World Cup
To the disappointment of many, only five man-on-man heats had been completed at the 2010 PWA Cabo Verde World Cup within the nine-day holding period.
Since the rankings remained unchanged, Victor Fernandez claimed his first ever PWA wave world title, ahead of former freestyle world champion, Ricardo Campello and 2009 Pozo champion, Philip Koster.
Despite the lack of official results, the ten sailors who fought hard during the contest deserve a mention. The first to advance was the windsurfing master, Thomas Traversa, who defeated Yann Sorlut on day three.
On the sixth day of competition Sal witnessed the all-British affair of Ross Williams battling it out with Jamie Hancock for a place in the final 16. Hancock had far more waves, but in the final few seconds Williams caught the highest scoring ride of the entire day to help him advance.
The next heat was an all-Venezuelan affair with Diony Guadagnino taking on current world number two, Ricardo Campello. Campello’s turns looked more impressive, but Guadagnino was busting out the aerials. It was a close run heat throughout, but in the end the judges gave it to Guadagnino – a godsend for Victor Fernandez in the race for the title, but a huge blow to the three time former freestyle world champion who had his sights set high.
Next to tiptoe their way off the rocks, and ride for their lives along the shore were Alex Mussolini (Tabou, Gaastra) and Jules Denel. Denel put up an impressive fight, but with Mussolini launching into aerials over dry sections of rock, it was always going to be tough for the Frenchman to advance.
In the end, the 2009 Sylt wave champion, Mussolini won by a convincing margin to secure his spot in the final 16. The final heat of the contest saw Canarian ripper, Dany Bruch pass ahead of German, Florian Jung.
German, Florian Jung fell victim to the rocks on the sixth day of competition. Having completed his heat against Bruch, he was hotfooting it home when a wave washed in and forced his sail against his leg.
The local doctors said he’d sustained multiple fractures and dislocations to his foot, ankle, and leg, so he flew home immediately to seek the best advice. From everyone here at the PWA, we wish him a speedy recovery..
Official 2010 PWA Men’s Wave Rankings
1st Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North, MFC)
2nd Ricardo Campello (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)
3rd Philip Koster (Starboard, NeilPryde, Dakine)
4th Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde)
5th Dany Bruch (Patrik, Severne, AL360)
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The 2010 PWA Cabo Verde World Cup came to a slow end and the world's new favorite windsurfer, Victor Fernandez, remained standing as the Wave World Champion. Fernandez speaks his mind...