2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup

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  • After a short hop, skip and a jump from Japan to South Korea the world’s fastest sailors are ready for their next battle of the season as Jinha Beach prepares to host the next stage of the Men’s and Women’s Slalom and Women’s Foil between 18th-24rd May for the 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup.


    With there not being enough wind to complete any slalom in Japan things remain as they were after the opening event of the year in Marignane, but after a long week of waiting in Yokosuka the slalom fleet will be pleased to see that the forecast for Jinha Beach looks much more promising.


    Situated in the southeast of South Korea, Jinha beach is a thirty-minute drive from Ulsan and has developed the reputation of being the top windsurfing location in the country. With a rich eastern culture, amazing white sand beaches and reliable trade winds, it is easy to see why windsurfers all over South Korea hold this spot in such high esteem. Jinha Beach can often be one of the most testing stops on the world tour with its sometimes gusty winds and seaweed adding an extra dimension to an already demanding test.


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    Sunrise over Jinha Beach

    Slalom


    Women’s


    As previously mentioned, no slalom eliminations were completed in Japan meaning reigning world champion and current world tour leader - Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) - will still start the third event of the year as the clear favourite. The 3-time world champion made the perfect start in France and is now on a winning run that stretches back to November 2017 and she may prove difficult to stop again - especially after also gaining victory in the first ever women’s foil contest.


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    Delphine Cousin Questel leads the way


    Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone) made a solid start in France by claiming second place ahead of Oda Brødholt (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins), who is absent from proceedings, and could well prove to be Cousin Questel’s biggest threat again, however, the likes of Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails) and Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins) are also more than capable of challenging for top honours. Erdil, in particular may offer more of a threat here than in France with a couple of additional weeks training under her belt as she continues her come back from injury.


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    Marion Mortefon


    Elsewhere, Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / Duotone) could also feature with the Brit winning one elimination here in 2018, while the likes of Fulya Ünlü (Starboard / Severne), Mio Anayama (Starboard / S2Maui) and Ayako Suzuki (Tabou / GA Sails), Océane Lescadieu (S2Maui), Yuki Sunaga (Loftsails) and Nimet Tulumen (Tabou / GA Sails) could all feature.


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    Jenna Gibson


    Foil


    Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui / Starboard Foil) will enter South Korea as the favourite for the second ever women’s foiling world cup after claiming a clear cut victory in Japan last week. The 3-time slalom world champion showed the same devastating form on the foil course as she has done over the last few years on the slalom course and ended the week with a perfect score of 3.5 points after winning 5 out of the 7 eliminations completed.


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    Delphine Cousin Questel


    However, 2012 Olympic Champion - Marina Alabau (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil) - will be looking to gain revenge and level up the race for the 2019 Women’s PWA Foil World Championship title race. Alabau went toe-to-toe with Cousin Questel in the opening 4 races and will more than likely be the 27-year-olds major rival.


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    Marina Alabau


    Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone) completed the podium in Japan after performing extremely consistently throughout the week, which saw the French girl only finish outside the top 3 once in 7 eliminations. Mortefon will no doubt be challenging for the podium again and could well go a place or two better here.


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    Marion Mortefon


    Also look out for Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil) and Helle Oppedal (Fanatic / Duotone), who finished 4th and 5th in Japan.


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    Blanca Alabau


    Slalom


    Men’s


    Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins) will come into South Korea full of confidence after winning his first ever foil event in Japan. The Frenchman is the current world tour lead after pipping Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) to victory in France is on an incredible run with his first victory on the Foil World Tour meaning he has now won the last 3 racing events (2 Slalom victories - 1 Foil) . Mortefon is flying high at the moment and will look to maintain that early season momentum as he bids for a maiden world title.


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    Pierre Mortefon


    Having changed board sponsor late last winter, any questions about whether Albeau’s board speed would be competitive have been firmly answered in France. AA led the final and showed excellent speed throughout and he’ll once again be in the thick of the action as he eyes world title No.26.


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    Antoine Albeau


    Current vice-world champion - Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses) - will look to bounce back from a disappointing result in France, but with just one race completed in Marignane there’s no reason to panic and you can expect to see a strong showing from the Italian, who claimed the event title here in 2018.


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    Defending event champion - Matteo Iachino


    Some people may have tried to write Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails) off after a disappointing 2018 Slalom campaign, but the German clearly never lost faith in his own ability. Kördel bounced back immediately in France by earning his second ever slalom podium - 3rd - and continued his excellent start to the season with a second place in the Foil in Japan. Kördel will now look to maintain that early season momentum.


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    Sebastian Kördel


    Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone) came into 2019 off the back of his best overall result to date - 4th - and the flying Dutchman showed in France that he’ll be a force to be reckoned with again for the coming season after starting the season with a solid 4th place.


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    Jordy Vonk


    Finian Maynard (FMX Racing) made a bright start in France as he qualified for the final where he finished 5th and he too could be in the running again here in if he’s back to 100%.


    Last year’s world No.5 - Julien Quentel (Patrik / Gun Sails) - also made a decent start to the season with a 6th place and will be in the mix again.


    The top 10 coming into South Korea is currently completed by Bruno Martini (I-99 / Challenger Sails), Malte Reuscher (Tabou / GA Sails), Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde) and Marco Lang (Fanatic / Duotone).


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    Mateus Isaac


    Elsewhere, Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses), Pascal Toselli (JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins), Cyril Moussilmani (RRD / RRD Sails) and Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) will all look to bounce back from missing out on the top 10 in the opening event of the year.


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    Pascal Toselli


    Other names to look out for include the aspiring young talents of Ethan Westera (Tabou / GA Sails), Basile Jacquin (I-99 Point-7), Nicolas Goyard (Tabou / GA Sails) and Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) - who finished 11th, 12th, 14th and 15th respectively.


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    Amado Vrieswijk


    The forecast looks extremely wet for the opening day of the 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup with up to 50mm over rain expected to fall over a 3 hour period around 3pm local time, so while there is plenty of wind on the forecast it may prove too unstable to provide any racing.


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    Jinha Beach Forecast


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    Current Ranking 2019 PWA World Tour - Women’s Slalom


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA - Starboard / S2Maui)

    2nd Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone)

    3rd Oda Johanne (NOR - Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)

    4th Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA - Patrik / Loftsails)

    5th Lena Erdil (TUR - Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins)


    Current Ranking 2019 PWA World Tour - Women’s Foil


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA - Starboard / S2Maui / Starboard Foil)

    2nd Marina Alabau (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)

    3rd Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)

    4th Blanca Alabau (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)

    5th Helle Oppedal (NOR - Fanatic / Duotone)


    Current Ranking 2019 PWA World Tour - Men’s Slalom


    1st Pierre Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)

    2nd Antoine Albeau (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)

    3rd Sebastian Kördel (GER - Starboard / GA Sails)

    4th Jordy Vonk (NED - Fanatic / Duotone)

    5th Finian Maynard (KV - FMX Racing)

    6th Quentel Julien (SXM - Patrik / Gun Sails)

    7th Bruno Martini (ITA - I-99 / Challenger Sails)

    8th Malte Reuscher (GER - Tabou / GA Sails)

    9th Mateus Isaac (BRA - JP / NeilPryde)

    10th Marco Lang (AUT - Fanatic / Duotone)

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  • Nix los in Korea:


    The opening day of the 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup was expected to be wet and windy, but only one element of the forecast proved to be true and unfortunately, it was the rain rather than the wind that was correct. For a brief period in the late afternoon, the wind did look as though it may kick in with gusts of up to 14 knots, but despite the Women’s Foil fleet being called to committee boat, the wind proved too unstable to race, while the seaweed was also troublesome.


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    Delphine Cousin Questel cruising in the wintery weather


    Earlier in the day, the sailors registered for the next 5 days of the contest, which sees 52 men and 15 women lineup for the Slalom, while 9 women will compete in the second ever Women’s Foil event.


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    Marco Lang signs up


    Shortly before 1pm, the opening ceremony was held on the beach and despite the poor weather it was well attended by the locals, who thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment and fireworks to mark the official start of the 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup.


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    The Opening Ceremony


    The forecast for tomorrow would suggest another lay day with just 5-7 knot easterly winds expected in the afternoon, however, as always you never know. The sailors will meet again at 1pm (GMT+9) tomorrow afternoon for the skippers’ meeting.


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    Latest forecast model for Jinha Beach


    To stay up to date with all the latest developments from South Korea — including the live stream, elimination ladders, entry list, images, and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.


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    Current Ranking 2019 PWA World Tour - Women’s Slalom


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA - Starboard / S2Maui)

    2nd Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone)

    3rd Oda Johanne (NOR - Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)

    4th Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA - Patrik / Loftsails)

    5th Lena Erdil (TUR - Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins)


    Current Ranking 2019 PWA World Tour - Women’s Foil


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA - Starboard / S2Maui / Starboard Foil)

    2nd Marina Alabau (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)

    3rd Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)

    4th Blanca Alabau (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)

    5th Helle Oppedal (NOR - Fanatic / Duotone)


    Current Ranking 2019 PWA World Tour - Men’s Slalom


    1st Pierre Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)

    2nd Antoine Albeau (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)

    3rd Sebastian Kördel (GER - Starboard / GA Sails)

    4th Jordy Vonk (NED - Fanatic / Duotone)

    5th Finian Maynard (KV - FMX Racing)

    6th Quentel Julien (SXM - Patrik / Gun Sails)

    7th Bruno Martini (ITA - I-99 / Challenger Sails)

    8th Malte Reuscher (GER - Tabou / GA Sails)

    9th Mateus Isaac (BRA - JP / NeilPryde)

    10th Marco Lang (AUT - Fanatic / Duotone)

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  • Das war Tag 2:


    With light winds expected on the morning of Day 2 of the 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup, the sailors were taken on a tour to explore the Seoknamsa Temple, which is situated around an hour away from Jinha Beach.


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    Seoknamsa Temple


    Seongnamsa Temple (석남사 울산) means ‘Southern Rock Temple’ because of its southern location in the Gaji Mountain range, was built in 824A.D. by monk Master Master Doui under the reign of King Heondeok with the hopes of preventing the country from foreign invasion.


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    Ethan Westera, Amado Vrieswijk & Taty Frans


    However, in 1592 the temple was destroyed during the Japanese invasion and wasn’t rebuilt until 1674. Since then the temple has been rebuilt and expanded several times and now consists of 30 buildings with the temple now home to many Buddhist nuns.


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    Temple artwork


    Getting to the temple itself requires a beautiful 1km walk along a pine canopied path, which is considered one of the best walks in the whole of South Korea.


    The sailors returned to Jinha Beach at around 1pm and after a couple of hours of light winds and waiting there was soon a flurry of action as the wind kicked in almost out of nowhere.


    The original plan was to start with the Women’s Foil, but with a gnarly shore break and the wind gusting up to 19 knots attentions turned to the Slalom. However, it soon became apparent that racing would be almost impossible with the seaweed wreaking havoc due to the onshore winds. So, after a frenzy of rigging action, the sailors were released at 4:30pm.


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    Malte Reuscher & Nico Prien tune up


    The forecast for tomorrow indicates that the wind should swing back to its prevailing southwesterly direction, so the hope is that there will be less seaweed and that the first races of the week will be able to be completed. The latest forecast predicts shows moderate winds during the morning, so with this in mind the skippers’ meeting has been called for 8am (GMT+9) with the action commencing from 9am - if conditions allow.


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    Forecast for Day 3 and 4 of the Ulsan PWA World Cup


    To stay up to date with all the latest developments from South Korea — including the live stream, elimination ladders, entry list, images, and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.


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    Current Ranking 2019 PWA World Tour - Women’s Slalom


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA - Starboard / S2Maui)

    2nd Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone)

    3rd Oda Johanne (NOR - Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)

    4th Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA - Patrik / Loftsails)

    5th Lena Erdil (TUR - Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins)


    Current Ranking 2019 PWA World Tour - Women’s Foil


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA - Starboard / S2Maui / Starboard Foil)

    2nd Marina Alabau (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)

    3rd Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)

    4th Blanca Alabau (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)

    5th Helle Oppedal (NOR - Fanatic / Duotone)


    Current Ranking 2019 PWA World Tour - Men’s Slalom


    1st Pierre Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)

    2nd Antoine Albeau (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)

    3rd Sebastian Kördel (GER - Starboard / GA Sails)

    4th Jordy Vonk (NED - Fanatic / Duotone)

    5th Finian Maynard (KV - FMX Racing)

    6th Quentel Julien (SXM - Patrik / Gun Sails)

    7th Bruno Martini (ITA - I-99 / Challenger Sails)

    8th Malte Reuscher (GER - Tabou / GA Sails)

    9th Mateus Isaac (BRA - JP / NeilPryde)

    10th Marco Lang (AUT - Fanatic / Duotone)

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  • Die karren Tonnen von Material durch die Gegend, jeder hat kiloweise Carbonfinnen mit einem cm Abstand am Start, aber keiner scheint eine Lessacher Finne zu kennen oder gar zu besitzen.

    Komischer Haufen, aber das war ja schon immer so.

    können die finnen wind herzaubern? ;)


    ih kann deinen beitrag nicht einordnen - was hat PWA worldcup mit lessacher zu tun?

    Hitze, Kälte, Dürre, Flut - Hauptsache, es geht der Wirtschaft gut! - Salzburger Graffiti

  • Die karren Tonnen von Material durch die Gegend, jeder hat kiloweise Carbonfinnen mit einem cm Abstand am Start, aber keiner scheint eine Lessacher Finne zu kennen oder gar zu besitzen.

    Komischer Haufen, aber das war ja schon immer so.

    können die finnen wind herzaubern? ;)


    ih kann deinen beitrag nicht einordnen - was hat PWA worldcup mit lessacher zu tun?

    Es geht um das störende Seegras. Das scheint ansonsten im World Cup kein Thema zu sein.

    Und Lessacher = Mister Anti-Seegras.

  • und weil an einem spot grad mal die windrichtung nicht passt und seegras anspült glaubst du dass die ihr ganzes setup zusätzlich mit weedfinnen abstimmen? und dann ausgerechnet lessacher?

    satire, oder?


    wenn die umstände faires racing nicht zulassen dann gibts halt keine wettfahrten - zuwenig wind, zuviel wind, unüberwindbarer shorebreak, whatever - oder halt seegras

    Hitze, Kälte, Dürre, Flut - Hauptsache, es geht der Wirtschaft gut! - Salzburger Graffiti

  • Das war Tag 3:


    The early skippers’ meeting paid off on Day 3 of the 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup with the opening Women’s Foil eliminations of the week being completed during the morning. With a small swell running and the wind gusting up to 15 knots, the racing proved to be exciting and dynamic with plenty of overtaking and drama in each of the eliminations completed.


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    Highlights Day 3 - 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup


    Foil


    Women’s


    Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui / Starboard Foil) currently tops the event rankings after the first two eliminations in South Korea. The 27-year-old was leading the first race but dropped her gybe when in the lead, so had to settle for second place in the opener. Cousin Questel then produced a superb gybe to move from third to first in the second elimination and wouldn’t make any more mistakes to secure her first bullet of the event.


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    Delphine Cousin Questel


    Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL), who finished 3rd in Japan, currently sits in second place after the first day of racing. Mortefon took advantage of Cousin Questel’s mistake in the opener to claim her first foil elimination victory, which she then backed up with a 3rd place in the next race. The 27-year-old looked extremely quick upwind and is firmly in contention for the podium again.


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    Marion Mortefon


    After the opening two races - Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil) - completes the top 3 after a very solid 3rd and 4th place, but was a little unlucky to see the 3rd elimination cancelled when leading. The Spaniard currently trails Mortefon by 3.3 points and Cousin Questel by 4.3 points.


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    Blanca Alabau


    17-year-old - Hella Oppedal (Fanatic / Duotone) - sailed consistently again, just as she did in Japan, and is currently ranked 4th, while Marina Alabau (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil), who finished second in Japan finds herself in 5th place. The former Olympic Champion came in to change equipment just before the first race and couldn’t make it out past the shore break before the start meaning she is currently counting a 9th place. Alabau then bounced back with a second place but will need at least two more races to be completed to have a shot at the event title.


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    Marina Alabau


    During the afternoon, the skies cleared and the sun made an appearance for the first time this week, but the wind failed to return, after a short flurry of foiling in the morning, and the sailors were released shortly before 6pm.


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    Sunshine returns


    The good news is that the forecast for the next two days looks extremely promising with clear skies and southwesterly winds of 17-23 knots expected during the afternoon. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 9am (GMT+9) tomorrow morning with a first possible start of 10am.


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    Forecast For Day 4 and 5


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    Current Ranking 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Women’s Foil
    *After 2 Eliminations


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA - Starboard / S2Maui / Starboard Foil)

    2nd Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)

    3rd Blanca Alabau (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)

    4th Helle Oppedal (NOR - Fanatic / Duotone)

    5th Marina Alabau (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)

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  • Das war Tag 4:


    Day 4 of the 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup produced the most racing of the week so far with a further 2 Women’s Foil Eliminations and the opening 9 heats of the Men’s Slalom being completed. However, things were incredibly slow going with those 11 heats taking 6 arduous hours to complete with the wind fluctuating both in strength and direction, which made racing tricky, to say the least.


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    Matteo Iachino & Ross Williams racing for pole position into first buoy


    Foil


    Women’s


    Overnight leader - Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui / Starboard Foil) - started the day with a one point advantage over Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL), but after a further two races were completed today the current world tour leader has opened up her advantage to 2.3 points after claiming her second bullet in 4 eliminations and a 3rd.


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    Delphine Cousin Questel


    Marion Mortefon remains Cousin Questel’s closest rival in second place after a second and 3rd place today, but she now has Marina Alabau breathing down her neck - just 1 point behind. For a short time, it looked as though Alabau M. would be leading the event as after winning the third elimination, the 33-year-old held pole position in the fourth race after rounding the upwind mark first. However, Alabau M. crashed on the next reach when trying to adjust her harness line, which saw her drop from first to 4th. That result still allows Alabau. M to discard the 9th place from the first race to improve from 5th to 3rd in the overall rankings, but she will know she could have potentially been at the top of the rankings. Alabau M. Is now just 1 point behind Mortefon in second and has closed to within 2.7 points of Cousin Questel with two days to go.


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    Marina Alabau


    Meanwhile, Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil) and Hella Oppedal (Fanatic / Duotone) both fall one place to 4th and 5th respectively.


    After the opening 11 eliminations (7 in Japan and 4 so far in South Korea) the above top 5 women have firmly established themselves as the current top seeds in the Foiling discipline.


    Slalom


    Men’s


    The opening two rounds of the Men’s Slalom saw the usual suspects advance with no real upsets. However, in the first 3 quarterfinals that followed there was a multitude of big upsets.


    In the opening quarterfinal - Heat 7 - last year’s world No.5 and No.7 - Julien Quentel (Patrik / Gun Sails) and Pascal Toselli (JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins) - as well as current world No.3 - Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails) all suffered early exits. However, it will be Toselli and Kördel who will be particularly disappointed to have missed out as they were qualifying in the previous 3 efforts to complete the heat, but missed out in the one that counted. Qualifying from Heat 7 are Ethan Westera (Tabou / GA Sails), Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Phantom Sails / Chopper Fins), Antoine Questel (I-99 / S2Maui) and Taty Frans (Future Fly / Point-7).


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    Pascal Toselli leading the pack before one of many cancellation flags


    In Heat 8 Arnon Dagan (Future Fly / NeilPryde) and Bruno Martini (I-99 / Point-7), who finished 7th in Marignane were both disqualified for false starts. After several failed attempts to complete the heat due to big holes in the wind, the second quarterfinal was eventually validated, but there were more big name casualties with reigning world champion - Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) - and current world No.10 - Marco Lang (Fanatic / Duotone) being eliminated. Albeau appeared to be impeded by seaweed on the opening reach meaning the Frenchman lost valuable ground, while Lang also trailed into the first mark and in the light airs it is incredibly difficult to reduce the deficit.


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    Antoine Albeau shows disgust at missing out with potential world title implications on the line


    Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) eventually won the heat ahead of Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins), Ben van der Steen (Goya Windsurfing / Gun Sails) and Ingmar Daldorf (Tabou / GA Sails) - all of whom qualify for the top 16.


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    Benny van der Steen and Ingmar Daldorf into the top 16


    Heat 9 proved to be the final heat of the day and there was further drama with Andrea Ferin (I-99 / Challenger Sails / AL360) claiming that Steve Allen (Patrik / Severne) had t-boned him at the first mark when in the qualifying positions. However, no action was taken and the result stands. Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde) would go on to win the heat ahead of Finian Maynard (FMX Racing), Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone) and Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne), who did well to overtake Allen to grab the final qualifying position. However, both Basile Jacquin (I-99 / Point-7) and Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) miss out.


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    Amado Vrieswijk battles back


    With the wind continuing to frustrate the racing was eventually called off shortly after 7pm. The sailors will meet again tomorrow morning at 8am (GMT+9) for the skippers’ meeting with the action commencing from 9am onwards. The wind is expected to be slightly stronger on Wednesday, but the strength was never the really the issue today and key point for tomorrow will be the consistency of the wind. On paper though there is the potential for a solid day of racing.


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    Current Ranking 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Women’s Foil
    *After 4 Eliminations


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA - Starboard / S2Maui / Starboard Foil)

    2nd Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)

    3rd Marina Alabau (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)

    4th Blanca Alabau (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)

    5th Helle Oppedal (NOR - Fanatic / Duotone)

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  • Das war Tag 5:


    The first Slalom eliminations of the 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup were finally completed on the penultimate day in South Korea on a day with possibly huge title race implications for the men’s fleet should things remain as they are, while in the women’s fleet Lena Erdil ((Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins) showed she’s ready to challenge for the top spot on the podium again after winning the opening slalom elimination.


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    Potentially the new world tour leader - Jordy Vonk


    Slalom


    Women’s


    Lena Erdil showed everyone she’s ready to challenge to top honours again after returning from a lisfranc fracture. The Turk led from start to the finish in the opening women’s elimination to claim her opening bullet of the season and her first since that injury. Erdil looked blisteringly quick throughout and was required to call upon that speed in the second elimination after being taken out by Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails) in the semifinals, which left Erdil outside of the qualification places. However, the 30-year-old overtook several rivals to move back into 4th place by the final buoy and is safely into the winners’ final. Erdil has an excellent record here over the last few year’s - winning the event in 2016, while finishing second in the last two years and it looks as though she could add to that victory heading into the final day as the event leader.


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    Lena Erdil leading the way


    However, reigning world champion and current world tour leader, Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui), will have other ideas as she looks to extend her winning run which dates back to November 2017. The 3-time world champion finished second in the opening elimination and it wouldn’t take much to see the tides reversed tomorrow.


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    Delphine Cousin Questel


    Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone) maintained her strong start to the racing year by securing third place in the opening slalom race ahead of Guilbaud and Lilou Granier (Starboard / Phantom Sails), who finished 4th and 5th respectively. However, Guilbaud will drop down the rankings slightly after missing out on the winners’ final of elimination 2.


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    Marion Mortefon


    Having missed out on the opening winners’ final Nimet Tulumen (Tabou / GA Sails) successfully navigated her way into Heat 4 of the second elimination, while Mio Anayama (Starboard / S2Maui) and Noriko Nishikata (Starboard) also booked their place in the top 8.


    Men’s


    Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone) will be sitting on cloud nine after today’s racing after the flying Dutchman claimed his first ever bullet on the PWA World Tour and he was understandably delighted, punching the air in celebration as he crossed the finish line. Vonk has been in many winners’ finals over the last couple of years and today everything clicked Into place as he led from start to finish. Vonk leads the event heading into final day and is safely into the semifinals of Elimination 2. If things were to remain as they are then Vonk would also take control of the title race with many of the other top seeds struggling here.


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    Jordy Vonk celebrates first bullet


    Taty Frans (Future Fly / Point-7) qualified for just his second winners’ final since that infamous crash in Fuerteventura in 2017 by winning his semifinal heat. The Bonairean endured a tough 2018 with no top 16 results and looked firmly on course to eradicate that record after finishing second in the opening race, while also gaining a confidence boost. However, Frans was then involved in a crash with Malte Reuscher (Tabou / GA Sails) in the quarterfinals of the second elimination, which resulted in the 35-year-old being disqualified from the round for dangerous sailing. Frans accepted the outcome, but did add that he was blinded by the glaring sunlight as he approaches the mark and simply couldn’t see Reuscher. Frans’ result now rests on what the wind does tomorrow as the second round does not count yet. A further two heats need to be completed in order to validate the result, so Frans could yet hang on to a podium finish or plummet down the rankings.


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    Taty Frans


    Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses) suffered an early exit in Marignane in the opening event of the year, but the Italian bounced back today with a solid third place.


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    Matteo Iachino hits back


    Like Iachino, Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses), Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Phantom Sails / Chopper Fins), Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails), Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins), Ben van der Steen (Goya Windsurfing / Gun Sails) and Antoine Questel (FRA - I-99 / S2Maui) were all looking to bounce back from disappointing results in France and they all did that in the opening elimination here in South Korea. Williams secured 4th place, while Cousin claimed 5th ahead of Bordes finished 6th, Algret 7th, van der Steen 8th and Questel 10th. However, Cousin, van der Steen and Questel will all be praying for no wind tomorrow after being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the second elimination.


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    The finalists attacking the first mark


    Ethan Westera (Tabou / GA Sails) continued his solid start to the season thus far by winning the b-final - Heat 13 - to secure 9th place in the opening elimination, while also navigating his way into the top 16 of elimination 2. If things were to remain as they are then Westera would rise to 3rd in the overall world tour rankings after a very consistent start and many of the top seeds faltering.


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    Ethan Westera


    While some sailors will be praying for a no wind scenario on the final day, there will also be several sailors praying for wind so that they can improve their result here. Pascal Toselli (JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins), Julien Quentel (Patrik / Gun Sails), Andrea Ferin (I-99 / Challenger Sails / AL360), Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde), Arnon Dagan (Future Fly / NeilPryde), Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde) and Bruno Martini (I-99 / Challenger Sails) will all be looking to improve their results here after early exits in the opening elimination, while already being in the top 16 of the second round.


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    Julien Quentel takes the inside line


    Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins) had been in tremendous form coming into South Korea having won the last two slalom events and his first foil event. However, the Frenchman has been well off the pace here with two quarterfinal exits and realistically he will be looking to discard this event by the end of the season. As things stand Mortefon would go from world tour leader to 9th.


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    Pierre Mortefon with a few things to ponder


    Elsewhere, Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) produced another superb comeback in Heat 9 as he pipped Alexandre Cousin to the final qualifying place in Heat 9. Cousin looked to be in control as they headed down the last and looked to squeeze Vrieswijk out of it, but in doing so Vrieswijk quite literally sat on Cousin’s board, which slowed the Frenchman down and allowed Vrieswijk to accelerate into the top 16 of elimination 2.


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    The forecast for the final day predicts lighter gradient winds than the last couple of days with 9-12 knot southwesterly winds currently expected for the afternoon. With clear skies and the wind remaining in its prevailing southwesterly direction there is definitely a chance of more thermal activity during the afternoon, but there are no guarantees that it will be windy enough to finish the second Slalom eliminations, however, there should definitely be enough for the Women’s Foil Fleet. The sailors will meet for the final time this week at 9am for the skippers’ meeting with a first possible start at 10am (GMT+9).


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    Current Ranking 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Women’s Foil
    *After 4 Eliminations


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA - Starboard / S2Maui / Starboard Foil)

    2nd Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)

    3rd Marina Alabau (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)

    4th Blanca Alabau (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)

    5th Helle Oppedal (NOR - Fanatic / Duotone)


    Current Ranking 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Women’s Slalom
    *After 1 Elimination

    1st Lena Erdil (TUR - Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins)

    2nd Delphine Cousin Questel ( FRA - Starboard / S2Maui)

    3rd Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone)

    4th Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA - Patrik / Loftsails)

    5th Lilou Granier (Starboard / Phantom Sails)


    Current Ranking 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Men’s Slalom
    *After 1 Elimination


    1st Jordy Vonk (NED - Fanatic / Duotone)

    2nd Taty Frans (NB - Future Fly / Point-7)

    3rd Matteo Iachino (ITA - Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses)

    4th Ross Williams (GBR - Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses)

    5th Alexandre Cousin (FRA - Patrik / Phantom Sails / Chopper Fins)

    6th Cedric Bordes (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails)

    7th Tristan Algret (GPE - Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)

    8th Ben van der Steen (Goya Windsurfing / Gun Sails)

    9th Ethan Westera (ARU - Tabou / GA Sails)

    10th Antoine Questel (FRA - I-99 / S2Maui)

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  • Das war der heutige letzte Tag:


    The forecast for the final day of the 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup looked the lightest day of the week on paper, but it actually produced the best racing conditions of the week with the thermal wind filling in early and being more stable than on Tuesday and Wednesday and left many of the girls reaching for their 6.3s and the Men 7.7s. In total, a further 3 Women’s and 2 Men’s Slalom were completed, while one Foil Elimination was also completed on an action packed final day as Jinha showed its true potential.


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    Fully lit slalom on the final day


    Foil


    Women’s


    Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui / Starboard Foil) led from start to the finish in the final Foil elimination of the week to claim a clear cut victory in the second women’s foil event. At the start of the day she had just a one point advantage over Marion Mortefon ( Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) and two point lead of Marina Alabau (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil), but by winning the 4th elimination that allowed Cousin Questel to discard a 3rd place. Eventually, Cousin Questel won by 4.6 points with 3 victories from 5 races.


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    Delphine Cousin Questel glides to victory


    Meanwhile, after a disastrous start, Marina Alabau did well to recover into second place and with a little bit more luck the 2012 Olympic Champion could’ve easily been the one to end the week on top of the podium and there is an exciting rivalry developing between herself, Cousin Questel, Mortefon and Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil) with the 4 continually battling it out between each other.


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    Marina Alabau and Blanca Alabau rounding the buoy


    Mortefon just misses out on second place on count-back having finished tied on 8.7 points, but still completes the podium ahead of Blanca Alabau in 4th. Meanwhile, Helle Oppedal (Fanatic / Duotone) completes the top 5.


    Slalom


    Women’s


    The final day of the women’s slalom saw 3 eliminations completed and the event lead changed hands on several occasions. Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins) began the day with as the event leader, but the last day won’t have gone as the 30-year-old planned as she not only lost the event lead, but also her place on the podium. After a 4th place in the second elimination, Erdil then finished 8th and 10th in the next two races as she dropped a couple of late gybes to crash out of contention and eventually finished 5th.


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    Lena Erdil crashes out!


    Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone) briefly held the event lead after winning her first elimination of the season in the second race after producing a brilliant gybe to overtake Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui).


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    Marion Mortefon hits the front


    However, her event lead was short-lived as the reigning world champion produced her best performances of the week when it mattered most as the 27-year-old claimed back-to-back bullets to extend her winning streak on the world tour.


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    Delphine Cousin Questel celebrates extending winning streak


    Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails) went slightly under the radar after finishing 9th in the second elimination, but the 22-year-old fought back brilliantly to claim the final place on the podium after recording a 4th and 3rd in the last two races, while denying Lilou Granier (Starboard / Phantom Sails) a place in the top 3.


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    Maëlle Guilbaud


    Men’s


    Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone) started the day at the top of the event rankings after winning his first ever elimination yesterday. However, Vonk saw his bid for a first event victory dwindle away after being eliminated from the second round in the semifinals. However, a 6th in the third and final race steadied the ship and he still walks away from South Korea with his second ever podium - 2nd.


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    Jordy Vonk


    With Vonk missing out in the winners’ final of Elimination 3 that opened the door for vice-world champion - Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses) - and the Italian duly obliged as he finished 5th and 4th in the two eliminations completed today to claim his first event victory of the year. The Italian was the only sailors to qualify for every winners’ final and that consistency paid dividends.


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    Matteo Iachino pumped up


    Tristan Algret has been close to securing a place on the podium before, but has never quite made it a reality, but today that all changed as he pipped Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) - who won the third elimination - to the final place on the podium by just 0.2 of a point after Algret finished 7th in Elimination 3.


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    All smiles for Algret after earning first top 3 finish


    With the results varying so greatly here in South Korea there were plenty of changes in the overall standings on the final day. 7 of the sailors ranked in the event top 10 at the start of the day remained in the top 10, but with the second elimination being completed several sailors saw their ranking slip away. Taty Frans (Future Fly / Point-7) is the sailor that lost the most as he dropped from second in the overnight rankings to 29th after his disqualification from the second round. Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Phantom Sails) and Ben van der Steen (Goya Windsurfing / Gun Sails) were the other sailors to lose their place in the top 10.


    One man’s misfortune Is another man’s gain and in this case, those men are Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde), who climbs into 5th place, Antoine Albeau, who as previously mentioned finished 4th and Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde), who claims the final place in the top 10.


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    Mateus Isaac gybes


    Elsewhere, Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) climbs 4 places into 6th after the Frenchman claimed a brilliant second place in the third elimination, while Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses) dropped out of podium contention after a quarterfinal exit in the third race, which saw the Brit drop from 4th to 7th for the event. Meanwhile, Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) falls two places to 8th, while Ethan Westera (Tabou / GA Sails) records his first top 10 finish on the world tour in 9th.


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    Antoine Questel


    Bruno Martini (I-99 / Challenger Sails) followed in the footsteps of Jordy Vonk as the Italian earned his first ever bullet on the world tour in Elimination 2 with a highly impressive performance, but was then quickly brought back down to earth after being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the next race.


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    Bruno Martini celebrates maiden bullet


    Things may not have gone the way either Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins) or Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) would have wanted in South Korea, but both will be pleased to have signed off in a positive manner in the final elimination. Mortefon suffered two quarterfinals exits but then finished 3rd in Elimination 3, while Rutkowski went on to win the b-final - 9th.


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    Overall Result 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Women's Foil


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel ( FRA - Starboard / S2Maui / Starboard Foil)

    2nd Marina Alabau (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)

    3rd Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)

    4th Blanca Alabau (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)

    5th Helle Oppedal (NOR - Fanatic / Duotone)


    Overall Result 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Women's Slalom


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel ( FRA - Starboard / S2Maui)

    2nd Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone)

    3rd Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA - Patrik / Loftsails)

    4th Lilou Granier (NC - Starboard / Phantom Sails)

    5th Lena Erdil (TUR - Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins)


    Overall Result 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Men's Slalom


    1st Matteo Iachino (ITA - Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses)

    2nd Jordy Vonk (NED - Fanatic / Duotone)

    3rd Tristan Algret (GPE - Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)

    4th Antoine Albeau (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)

    5th Mateus Isaac (BRA - JP / NeilPryde)

    6th Antoine Questel (FRA - I-99 / S2Maui)

    7th Ross Williams (GBR - Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses)

    8th Cedric Bordes (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails)

    9th Ethan Westera (ARU - Tabou / GA Sails)

    10th Enrico Marotti (CRO - JP / NeilPryde)

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  • Das war es in Korea 2019:


    After a slow start to the week with rain and light winds keeping the contest on hold the 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup gradually gathered pace, leading to a frantic final day of racing as Jinha Beach produced some of the best racing conditions of the year, which allowed 3 Men’s and 4 Women’s Slalom Eliminations to be completed, while 5 Women’s Foil Eliminations were also finished over the course of the last 6 days in South Korea to end the Asian leg of the tour on a positive note.


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    Full highlights of an action packed last day at the 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup


    Foil


    Women’s


    Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui / Starboard Foil) walks away from the Asian leg of the tour with a perfect record after the 27-year-old successfully claimed victory in South Korea, having already won in Japan earlier in the month. Cousin Questel led the Foil from start to finish in Ulsan and finished the event with 3 bullets from a possible 5 while finishing second and third in the other two eliminations. Cousin Questel continues to set the pace and deservedly walks away from Asia with a commanding lead at the top of the overall rankings.


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    A jubilant Delphine Cousin Questel


    Marina Alabau (Starboard / Severne /Starboard Foil) and Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) proved to be Cousin Questel’s closest rivals and they finished tied on 8.7 points, but it is Alabau M. who could’ve really challenged Cousin Questel, but for a couple of unfortunate pieces of luck. The 2012 Olympic Champion crashed while trying to adjust her harness line while leading one race and hit a clump of seaweed when leading in another, so could’ve been much closer.


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    Marina Alabau just ahead of her sister Blanca Alabau


    Mortefon, meanwhile, claimed her first foil bullet and will be happy to have secured two foil podium in the two opening events.


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    Marion Mortefon survives a hairy moment


    Elsewhere, Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne /Starboard Foil) and Helle Oppedal (Fanatic / Duotone) complete the top 5 and the aforementioned women have clearly established themselves as the top seeds.


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    Blanca Alabau


    Slalom


    Women’s


    Things really couldn’t be going any better for Delphine Cousin Questel at the moment as not only did she complete a Foil clean sweep in Asia, she also completed the double in Slalom as well, which means the 3-time world champion has now won the last 9 racing events (7 Slalom & 2 Foil) in a record which stretches back to November 2017. In South Korea though, Cousin Questel didn’t have things all her own way and had to produce her best performances at the death as the 27-year-old won the last two races to deny Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone).


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    Fist pump for the dominant Delphine Cousin Questel


    Mortefon staked her claim for the event title with a highly impressive victory in the second elimination to briefly take the lead and despite pushing Cousin Questel all the way in the last two eliminations she couldn’t quite secure the top place on the podium this time around. However, Mortefon has made a brilliant start to the season and after the opening 3 events finds herself in a solid second position.


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    Marion Mortefon celebrates a bullet


    Twenty-two-year-old Maêlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails) produce a late charge in South Korea to secure the final place on the podium. Guilbaud looked out of the running having missed out on the winners’ final in the second race, but bounced back strongly with a 3rd and 4th place to snatch the last place on the podium away from her good friend Lilou Granier (Starboard / Phantom Sails), who finished 4th overall. Guilbaud has now recorded back-to-back podiums in South Korea having also finished 3rd in 2018.


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    Maëlle Guilbaud produced a late podium charge


    Lena Erdil’s (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins) couldn’t have dreamt for a better start in Jinha after taking the early event lead with her first bullet since returning from injury in the opening race of the week. However, possibly lacking a bit of fitness and racing sharpness, Erdil saw her challenge for the event title capitulate on the final day and eventually finished 5th. Erdil should take plenty of positives from winning her first race so quickly after a serious injury and she’ll be even more of a threat going forward.


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    Lena Erdil


    Elsewhere, Mio Anayama (Starboard / S2Maui), recovered brilliantly after missing out on the opening winners’ final by qualifying for the top 8 in the remaining 3 eliminations and walks away from South Korea with a 6th place having recorded a 3rd and two 5th's.


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    Mio Anayama


    Men’s


    Matteo Iachino’s (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses) season didn’t get off to the start he would’ve wanted in Marignane, but the 2016 world champion bounced back like a true champion in South Korea to claim his first event victory of the season. The Italian was the only sailor in the entire fleet to qualify for every winners’ final and never finished outside of the top 5 and deservedly walks away with the top spot on the podium. Iachino is now ranked 10th overall.


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    Matteo Iachino returns to the top


    Having qualified for so many winners’ finals over the last couple of seasons, Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone) finally tasted victory for the first time with a brilliant performance in the opening race and the Flying Dutchman briefly led the event. However, he saw his hopes of securing a first event victory dashed in the very next race after being eliminated in the semifinals, but quickly put that disappointment behind him to finish 6th in the third and final elimination to earn his second podium on the world tour - 2nd. Vonk is now tied on 19,600 points with Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) at the top of the overall rankings, but it is AA who leads the world title race on countback.


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    Jordy Vonk revels in bullet glory


    Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) has had to wait quite a while for his first podium on the world tour. The 25-year-old came Agonisingly close in Alacati in 2015 but just missed out after going over early in the last elimination. However, after a long wait Algret finally has his hands on a coveted top 3 finish at the end of the event here in South Korea. Algret’s first podium sees him climb into 6th in the overall ranking.


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    Tristan Algret finally cracks the top 3


    Having been unlucky with seaweed in the opening elimination, which led to a quarterfinal exit, Antoine Albeau almost completed a miraculous comeback for a place on the podium in Ulsan. The reigning world champion bounced back with a 3rd place in Elimination 2, before clinching his first bullet of the year in the final race of the week. However, it wasn’t quite enough with the 25-time world champion missing out on 3rd place by just 0.2 of a point to Algret. Fourth place here is still enough to send AA into the title race lead for the first time this season heading into Fuerteventura.


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    Antoine Albeau finishes in style


    Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde) was one of the most consistent performers over the last 6 days with the Brazilian never finishing outside the top 16. Isaac also secured a super second place finish in Elimination 2 and walks away from Ulsan with a 5th place while rising to 4th in the overalls.


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    Mateus Isaac cranks a gybe


    Elsewhere, Antoine Questel (I-99 / S2Maui) claimed his first top 10 finish of the season - 6th - while teammates Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses) and Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) both bounced back from disappointing results in France by finishing 7th and 8th respectively.


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    Antoine Questel


    Ethan Westera (Tabou / GA Sails) will be delighted to have earned his first top 10 result on the PWA World Tour - 9th. The former Youth World Champion was able to win two b-finals in South Korea and things could’ve been even better for the 21-year-old had he not made a mistake on the final reach in the quarterfinals of Elimination 3, which allowed Basile Jacquin (I-99 / Point-7) to pip him to the final spot in the top 16. However, that was the only blemish in an otherwise fantastic performance and Westera rises to an all time high - 5th - in the overall world tour rankings.


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    Ethan Westera


    Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde) completed the top 10 in South Korea ahead of Pascal Toselli (JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins) in 11th, while Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins) had to settle for 12th place here. The previous world tour leader suffered two quarterfinal exits in the opening two races and only managed to salvage a top 12 finish by finishing 3rd in the last elimination. Mortefon drops from 1st to 9th in the overall rankings.


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    Things didn't quite go to plan for Pierre Mortefon for the first time in a while


    Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) is developing the reputation as the comeback kid on the world tour at the moment, with the Bonairean continually fighting his way back from the dead. Vrieswijk recorded two top 16 results - 11th and 12th - and if he can fine tune his starting a little he could realistically threaten the top 10 and beyond going forwards.


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    Amado Vrieswijk


    Elsewhere, Taty Frans (FMX Racing / Point-7) paid the ultimate price in the second elimination, which saw the Bonairean disqualified for dangerous sailing in an incident with Malte Reuscher (Tabou / GA Sails) when blinded by the sun while attempting to round the 3rd mark. Frans had finished second in the opening elimination and could’ve easily let his head drop after that DSQ, but deserves great credit for battling on to eventually qualify for his second winners’ final in 3 races to claim 5th in the third and final race. Frans endured a tough 2018 season but looks like he could be recapturing the kind of form which saw him ranked as high as 6th overall in 2016.


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    Taty Frans on the fly


    First Bullet


    Bruno Martini (I-99 / Challenger Sails) followed in the footsteps of Jordy Vonk as the Italian earned his first ever bullet on the world tour in Elimination 2 with a highly impressive performance. The Italian is ranked 11th overall after Ulsan.


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    A race to remember for Bruno Martini


    South Korea produced a real mixed bag of results this week, but what is evident is that the next generation are closing in on their more experienced peers and that the level on the world tour may have just reached an even higher high than ever before as the racing level continues to go through the roof.


    Congratulations to all the winners’ and thanks to the local organisers and volunteers for all of their hard work and help over the last 6 days.


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    Signing off South Korea for 2019


    Where’s Next on the PWA World Tour?


    There’s no rest for the wicked and the world’s best Foilers will now race back from Asia to Europe just in time to compete at the 2019 Catalunya PWA World Cup, which takes place from 28th May until 2nd June - with Costa Brava hosting the second stop on the Men’s Foil PWA World Tour.


    For a full recap from South Korea — including the live stream, elimination ladders, entry list, images and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.


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    Overall Result 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Women's Foil


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel ( FRA - Starboard / S2Maui / Starboard Foil)

    2nd Marina Alabau (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)

    3rd Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)

    4th Blanca Alabau (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)

    5th Helle Oppedal (NOR - Fanatic / Duotone)


    Overall Result 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Women's Slalom


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel ( FRA - Starboard / S2Maui)

    2nd Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone)

    3rd Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA - Patrik / Loftsails)

    4th Lilou Granier (NC - Starboard / Phantom Sails)

    5th Lena Erdil (TUR - Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins)


    Overall Result 2019 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Men's Slalom


    1st Matteo Iachino (ITA - Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses)

    2nd Jordy Vonk (NED - Fanatic / Duotone)

    3rd Tristan Algret (GPE - Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)

    4th Antoine Albeau (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)

    5th Mateus Isaac (BRA - JP / NeilPryde)

    6th Antoine Questel (FRA - I-99 / S2Maui)

    7th Ross Williams (GBR - Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses)

    8th Cedric Bordes (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails)

    9th Ethan Westera (ARU - Tabou / GA Sails)

    10th Enrico Marotti (CRO - JP / NeilPryde)

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