SOMWR 10 X Marignane PWA Grand Slam, Presented by Greentech Festival CONFIRMED

  • Taking place in Marignane, France from the 12th until the 21st of November, the PWA confirms an event that will be an action collaboration between sports, brands and governments, and that will turn negatives to positives.


    The Professional Windsurfers Association and clothing brand SOMWR will lead sports into actively combating climate change and plastic pollution, together with the Marignane community in France this November.


    The PWA is pleased to announce its collaboration with SOMWR and Greentech Festival to realize this fantastic event opportunity. The SOMWR 10 x Marignane PWA Grand Slam, Presented by Greentech Festival is a ground-breaking multi discipline event that will bring the entire range of PWA athletes to the shores of Southern France for a contest that will not only showcase all 3 of the main competition disciplines but, for the first time, will generate a 10 x positive environmental impact, through the actions and philosophy of SOMWR..


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    Slalom action at Marignane in 2019


    Utilizing the excellent resources of Club Nautique Mariganais as well as the Cercle de Voile de Martigue at Carro, the wave, freestyle and slalom sailors will come together for a 10 day festival of natural powered action which will blow the lid off the pandemic and put windsurfing back in front of the worlds media.


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    Thomas Traversa in action at Carro (Copyright John Carter)


    For the slalom fleet it will be the third outing for some of the riders at PWA events this year, after the very successful events at Tiberias in Israel, and the 2 star event at Bol in Croatia, but for the freestyle and wave fleet, it will be their first chance to do battle on the PWA Tour since 2019, creating huge anticipation for what will be a showdown of epic proportions.


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    Freestyle at Marignane in 2019


    The Collaboration

    Synergies between the Grand Slam event and SOMWR are leading to joint efforts to sink ten times the amount of CO2 released through travel. It is well known that travel emissions are one of the largest contributors to CO2 emissions during similar scale sporting events. Approximately 180 riders, and some spectators travelling to the PWA event will result in a notable amount of planet warming CO2 released.


    Clothing and environmental movement brand SOMWR will be utilizing their connections with Worldview International Foundation, mangrove planting specialists.


    These mighty mangroves absorb 1 tonne of CO2 within the first 20 years of life, and continue to do so after these years. Replenishing areas where mangroves once thrived, but have now degraded due to the farming of the land. Now local communities are able to secure an income from protecting and rehabilitating these mangrove areas.


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    Mighty Mangroves


    Removing 1100 KG of Plastic Waste From Coastlines

    Further efforts are being made for the spectators of the events. For the first 1000 people at the event, 1.1 KG of plastic waste will be removed from coastlines through the plastic clean up program developed by Starboard, SOMWR’s sister company. 1.1 KG accounts for the average amount of plastic each person is responsible for reaching the oceans each year!


    Visitors on site can join beach clean ups, to learn through action, showing how much waste is truly on the shorelines of the PWA event locations. Guests can also share, learn and collaborate on new ideas on how we can do more to help our oceans and earth recover.


    With SOMWR being the naming sponsor of this event, the brand has felt it is their duty to not contribute to stickers on sails. Notably these stickers are quite often lost when out at sea, adding to the 8 billion tonnes of plastic marine litter in the ocean, per year.


    Will the SOMWR 10 X Marignane PWA Grand Slam, presented by Greentech Festival event be a benchmark for all sporting events?

    Join the resistance movement with SOMWR and PWA in the Marignane commune.


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    Beach clean ups at PWA events


    About SOMWR

    SOMWR is committed to creating a future of freedom that is worth living, and therefore the brand is more than just a clothing brand; it is also a pioneering movement. Garments are made using certified organic cotton and work with supply chains where people are treated with respect and value. SOMWR aims to become a force in natural CO2 sequestration through reforestation and combatting ocean plastic pollution through collecting beach/ ocean plastic litter.

    https://somwr.com/


    About Greentech Festival

    The GREENTECH FESTIVAL was founded in 2018 by Nico Rosberg, the former Formula 1 World Champion and the two engineers and entrepreneurs Marco Voigt and Sven Krüger. The focus here is on the exchange of future-oriented innovations and far-reaching ideas that make a positive contribution to climate change. At the event, prominent thought leaders, entrepreneurs, activists and leaders from all over the world are invited to exchange ideas. As a result, the GREENTECH FESTIVAL has become one of the most successful and important international events for green technologies. Then, on November 4 and 5, the GREENTECH FESTIVAL will enter its first global round, celebrating in London! Here, not only the global acceptance and relevance of the festival is evident, but also the importance of sustainability, green energy and innovation.

    https://greentechfestival.com/


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  • Event Preview: Marignane Set to Host the Crème de la Crème of the Windsurfing World as all Fleets Head to France


    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused havoc with all sporting events over the last two years, however, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel and the next 10 days in France promises to be a stunner with 7 world titles on the line. From the 12th November Marignane will host the crème de la crème of the windsurfing world as the SOMWR 10 x Marignane PWA Grand Slam, presented by Greentech Festival, takes place.


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    Reigning world champion - Pierre Mortefon


    Marignane is located in between Marseille - the second largest city in France - and Aix-en-Provence, a place well-known for its colourful markets and delicious French delicacies. The region is renowned not only in the windsurfing world, but also the sailing world with Marseille hosting the 2024 Olympic Games nautical disciplines. Marignane is a windy wonderland and at this time of the year there can be a huge variety of conditions depending on what the European autumn throws at the competitors. The Slalom and Freestyle fleets will compete at Le Jai, whilst the wave fleet will compete at Carro.


    Foil


    Women’s


    Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) heads the Women’s Foil ranking coming into France after the 29-year-old pipped - Helle Oppedal (Duotone) - to the event title on the final day in Israel as she goes in search of a maiden world title.

    However, Mortefon, will face a stern test, from Oppedal - who led for the majority of the recent Défi Wind - before being beaten to the title by Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil), who will also be a force to be reckoned with, whilst defending Foil champion - Delphine Cousin Questel (FMX Racing / S2Maui Starboard Foil) - will also be a major threat.


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    Marion Mortefon


    Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) is also in with a chance of adding to her 17 world title haul - currently 4th overall. Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins) missed the event in Israel, but could be one to watch having been training heavily on the IQFoil.


    Slalom


    Women’s


    4-time Slalom World Champion - Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) faces a massive 10 days with the Aruban vying to win a further 4 world titles in France. The 30-year-old comes into Marignane with the world title lead having dominated in Israel - claiming 5 victories out of 7, after a minor mid event blip - and will be the woman to beat. Offringa hasn’t finished outside of the event top 3 (in events attended) since 2010 and has won 65% of events entered since then - making her the heavy favourite.


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    Sarah-Quita Offringa


    With 17 world titles to her name already - Offringa - will be a tough force to stop, however, the likes of Marion Mortefon and multiple time world champion - Delphine Cousin Questel (FMX Racing / S2Maui Starboard / Foil) will be gunning for a shot at the world title. Elsewhere, Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins), returns to the field and should be involved in the chase for the podium along with 2019 World No.3 - Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails), whilst the British duo of - Sarah Jackson (Fanatic / Duotone) - who won her first elimination in Israel - and former race winner - Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / Duotone) - should be competitive too.


    Men’s


    Nicolas Goyard (Phantom Windsurfing) comes into the season finale with the world title lead having dominated in Israel. The reigning Foil World Champion - won 5 out of the 7 eliminations in Tiberias and missed out on the Winners’ Final just once. The 25-year-old made the choice to concentrate on foiling during the pandemic, which paid its just reward in Israel and could lead to his second world title at the end of the next 10 days.


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    Nicolas Goyard together with William Huppert


    However, reigning Slalom World Champion - Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / LOKEFOIL) - will be hoping to defend his world title. Mortefon was extremely consistent in Israel - finishing outside the top 8 just once, whilst he signed off the event with back-to-back bullets to propel himself into second place.


    With this being the decider there are a plethora of names who could also come in and steal the world title. Firstly, William Huppert (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL), who earned his first podium in Israel, Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails), who was the only sailor to boast a 100% qualifying record for Winners’ Finals in Israel, Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde), who comes into the event on the back of winning the Défi Wind and Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde), who currently sits in 6th place.


    Meanwhile, 2016 World Champion - Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil) - will be another major threat along with Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone), Basile Jacquin (FMX Racing / Point-7 / Phantom) and Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Phantom Sails / Chopper Fins / Phantom Foils).


    Freestyle


    Women’s


    The word on everyone’s lips for the Women’s Freestyle will be Sarah-Quita Offringa as the Aruban chases an, unlucky for some, 13th Freestyle word title. Offringa has dominated the Women’s Freestyle scene for over a decade and is, without doubt, the woman to beat.


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    12 time Freestyle World Champion - Sarah-Quita Offringa


    However, a 13th Freestyle world title is far from a given with vice-world champion - Maaike Huvermann (Severne / Severne Sails / Maui Ultra Fins) - waiting in the wings to claim her first world title. The 23-year-old is the only woman in the world to have won a heat against Offringa in 11 years and will remain Offringa’s biggest threat.


    The ultra competitive - Oda Brødholt (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) - will also be right in the mix with the Norwegian not finishing outside the overall top 3 since 2014. Brødholt trains predominately with Offringa and could cause an upset.


    Men’s


    Yentel Caers (JP / NeilPryde) comes into France as the defending PWA Freestyle World Champion having claimed his first world title in 2019. The Belgian is known for his explosive moves and is extremely consistent, which has made him one of the powerhouses of the freestyle world.


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    Yentel Caers


    However, Caers, will face an extremely difficult test to defend his world title. The 26-year-olds primary threat will more than likely be - Amado Vrieswijk (Future Fly / Severne) - who claimed the 2021 European Freestyle title - and won 2 out of the 3 events on the world tour in 2019. Many would have already bet on Vrieswijk winning a world title by now and you can expect a massive performance from the Bonairean.


    On top of the threat from Vrieswijk, Caers, will also have to try and hold off the King of Freestyle - José ‘Gollito’ Estredo (RRD / RRD Sails) who transferred to RRD during the pandemic. Gollito is a competitive monster and no one would be surprised to see him come out on top as he searches to complete La Décmina.


    Of course with this being a one-shot takes all event there are plenty of other names who could steal the crown. Former World Champion - Steven van Broeckhoven (Starboard / GUNSAILS) - looked back to his best in 2019 - winning in Fuerteventura - and will be a massive threat, whilst Youp Schmit (Tabou / GA Sails), who led the world title race heading into the final event in 2019 should also be challenging for top honours as he seeks a first world title.

    In terms of home hopefuls - Adrien Bosson (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins) - will be the biggest hope. The 30-year-old finished as the vice-world champion in 2018 and has all the weapons necessary to claim the top place on the podium.


    Other names to look out for include - Balz Müller (MB-Boards / Severne) - who is leading the foil Freestyle revolution - young gun - Lennart Neubauer (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) - who finished this season as the EFPT tow-in champion and is widely regarded as the best up and coming freestyler, whilst Jacopo Testa (RRD / AL360), former world champion - Dieter van der Eyken (Severne / Severne Sails) and the French duo of Antony Ruenes (Tabou / GA Sails) and Sam Esteve (JP / NeilPryde) should also feature.


    Wave


    Women’s


    In 2019 - Sarah-Quita Offringa - became the first woman in over two decades to wrestle the Women’s Wave PWA World Championship from the Moreno’s arms as the Aruban clinched her first world title after reeling off back-to-back victories in Sylt and Maui.


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    Sarah-Quita Offringa


    As the reigning world champion, Offringa, will start the event as the favourite, but she will face a tough test to hold on to her world title. Before 2019, Iballa Moreno (Severne / Severne Sails), had won the previous 5 world championships and will therefore be Offringa’s main threat, but you also cannot rule out the threat of Justyna Sniady (Naish / Naish Sails / AL360), who enjoyed her best season to date in 2019 - completing the prestigious overall podium, whilst Lina Erpenstein (Severne / Severne Sails) should also be challenging for the top 3 in France.


    Men’s


    Philip Köster (Severne / Severne Sails / Black Project Fins) will be going in search of a 6th world title at the age of just 27, but will face a tall order to add to his current record. Köster’s rivals are lining up to take their shot at the 2021 world title and anything could happen at Carro with port and starboard tack conditions being possible.

    Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing) finished 2019 as the vice-world champion and will be looking to add to his sole wave world title from 2013, whilst Ricardo Campello (Naish / Naish Sails) will go in search of his first wave world title. Campello won the last wave event in France - La Torche 2014 - and a similar performance here would bring him the wave world crown he craves.


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    Philip Köster


    Other obvious threats include 3-time PWA Wave World Champion - Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / Duotone), 2014 World Champion - Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) - who will be the main home hope, whilst Marc Paré (Fanatic / Duotone) should also be a serious contender.


    With this being the first wave event for two years some of the next generation may also pose a serious threat. Top of that list will be Marion Gil (Goya Windsurfing) followed by Takuma Sugi (Tabou / GA Sails), whilst the Aloha Classic champion from 2019 - Antoine Martin (Starboard) - should also be a contender.


    The SOMWR Movement 10 x Marignane PWA Grand Slam starts tomorrow and you’ll be able to follow all of the action as it happens via the PWA live stream @ www.pwaworldtour.com.

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  • wer kennt die Verhältnisse in Carro, ist bei der aktuellen Windvorhersage mit Wave-Einsatz zu rechnen?

  • Sieht ab Sonntag nach nördlichen Winden aus (also ablandig). Somit nicht wirklich Welle.

  • Die Forecast sieht nicht nach Welle aus, leider.

    Vor 2 Wochen war das anders, zum Glück war ich da unten 😎

  • Day 1: Registered, Rigged & Ready After a Light Wind Opening Day



    The opening day of the 2021 SOMWR Movement 10 x Marignane PWA Grand Slam saw the competitors registering between 10-11am and with a light wind forecast it was a relatively mellow day with the sailors preparing their gear for the upcoming 10 days. With the wind remaining light throughout the sailors were released by 4:30pm ahead of the opening ceremony.


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    The opening ceremony


    Current Slalom World Tour leader Nicolas Goyard (Phantom Windsurfing): “I’m feeling good, but there is not so much wind on the forecast at the moment, so we will just have to see how it goes, especially as there is the wave and freestyle to run also. From my side I’m excited to see how it goes. It’s going to be a big challenge, but I’m just going to go for it. I’m not stressed and I’m prepared for light wind foiling from the IQFoil. We don’t know how many races there will be, so I just need to be on top when it matters. I’ll give my all and see where that puts me at the end of the event. With the forecast as it is I’m expecting to just be foiling.”


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    Nicolas Goyard


    Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) will be one of Goyard’s rivals for the title and the 25-time World Champion comes into Marignane off the back of victory at last weeks Défi Wind: “I’m feeling ready. Obviously I had a great result at the Défi Wind. As long as I am fighting with the guys then I’m happy. Lets see what happens - I think we should see some slalom action.”


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    Antoine Albeau


    Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) is registered for 4 disciplines here as she looks to add to her 17 world titles: “I’m probably one of the sailors that checks the forecast the least, but eventually you hear about it anyway as everyone is talking about it. I’m not feeling too stressed out - I’ve got all my gear with me, so whatever comes, comes. I’m happy to be here and see everyone again. I think we’ll be able to finish the Slalom, Foil & Freestyle it’s just the Waves which may prove tricky. My main focus is on the Freestyle & Slalom, but of course I’ll be trying to do my best in the Waves of course. If the forecast is correct and we have a light wind event then for sure I will be foiling too. I have everything to do, but the main thing is that I have my focus.”


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    Sarah-Quita Offringa


    Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / Duotone) will be hoping to add to his 3 world titles: “I also have hopes for the forecast - especially here in the Mediterranean Sea as things can change very fast - I know this from my past experiences. It’s a bit like Sylt here in the fact that something could still come towards the end of the event. Currently Sunday, looks like there’s some wind on the forecast, but we don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m ready for whatever comes. Just before coming here I had two good days in Catalunya where I also met up with Marc Paré, Josep Pons, Miguel Chapuis & Philip [Köster] - so there were a few World Cup riders sailing together.”


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    Victor Fernandez


    The forecast for tomorrow also looks quite light - although there is a small possibility of some foiling action in the afternoon, whilst Sunday currently looks reasonably windy with moderate to fresh winds forecast. The Slalom skippers’ meeting will be held at 10am tomorrow morning with a first possible start at 10:30am (GMT+8). The Wave & Freestyle fleets will receive a call tomorrow once the forecasts have been updated.


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  • Der gestrige Tag:



    Another Day of Light Winds Before the Promise of Some Action on Sunday


    The second day of the SOMWR Movement 10 x Marignane PWA Grand Slam, presented by Greentech Festival, proved to be another lay day with winds remaining extremely light throughout.

    After two quiet days, Sunday has some potential with moderate to fresh winds predicted, which could could all fleets involved depending how the day plays out!


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    All quiet on the Saturday front


    Reigning Slalom World Champion - Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / LOKEFOIL) comes into the event in second place in the world rankings: “I can’t wait to be on the water. It’s going to be a tricky week as there are 3 disciplines at this event. Us racers already had an event this year, so we probably don’t have the priority this week. A few of the French team has been training here last week and I know it can be a special spot. It’s very different from the spot in Israel as Le Jäi becomes very choppy, very quickly. It makes gybing tricky, even on the foil, so I’m sure we could see some surprises.


    For sure the world title is on the line, but it’s also a bit different with just having one event prior to this - and the discipline has changed a bit with foil and fin combining. Let’s see how it works, but I’m ready!”


    Multiple-time World Champion - Delphine Cousin Questel (FMX Racing / S2Maui): “The forecast might not be the best at the moment, but I’m happy to have the final in France. I think even with the light forecast we should see some Slalom/Foil action in the week. I’m currently third in the slalom, so obviously I’ll try to do my best - either by moving into second or even better the top spot. In Israel the foiling didn’t go as well as what I would’ve liked, but I’ll try and improve there too.”


    Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails), who comes into France 7th place: “Sunday looks promising on the forecast, but I guess the priority will go to the Freestyle as they didn’t have an event for two years. Monday looks cloudy and raining, but you can never rule out the Mistral. I know this place a little bit from one or two trips when I came on a trip to visit Pascal, but from memory it gets very choppy, very quickly. I think for the racing it’ll be predominately forcing, but it’s a long event and with autumn in Europe anything can happen.”


    With Sunday potentially offering moderate to fresh winds the Freestyle & Wave fleets will meet at 8am (GMT+1) tomorrow morning - with the action commencing from 8:30am. Meanwhile, the racing fleet will meet at 10am with a first possible start at 11am.

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  • Weiterhin kein Wind, der gestrige Tag:



    The Waiting Game Continues in France


    Day three of the SOMWR Movement 10 x Marignane PWA Grand Slam started with plenty of optimism with an early skippers’ meeting been called for both the Wave & Freestyle fleets in Carro. However, it soon became apparent that the wind was too offshore to be suitable for either disciple, so the decision was quickly made to release the Wave fleet, whilst the Freestyle sailors would head back to Le Jai.



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    Event HQ in Le Jai, Marignane


    Upon arriving back in Le Jai conditions looked as though there could be some potential, but unfortunately by the time the sailors had rigged the wind had already dropped, so much so that by the time it was time for the Slalom skippers’ meeting the wind was also too light for foiling with the wind often dropping to 3 knots.



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    Balz Müller keeping the crowds entertained


    Around midday there was a flurry of action on the beach with the wind picking up slightly, which prompted several sailors to hit the water. Racing was proposed to start at 12:30pm, but unfortunately the wind quickly dropped back again for the remainder of the day.

    With the main focus so far being on playing the waiting game we caught up with a few sailors throughout the day to gain their thoughts thus far:



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    Sebastian Kornum & Rytis Jasiunas warming up


    Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone): “It’s unlucky as today it looked like we had a good forecast. We were actually more thinking about whether it would be Slalom and then Freestyle or vice-versa because the forecast looked solid on paper, so of course it’s very disappointing in the end. Fingers crossed. I’ll try and stay positive - it would be unbelievable if we are here for 10 days and we don’t even get lucky enough for conditions with big sails and big foils.”


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    Jordy Vonk


    Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails): “It looks like there’s going to be a lot of waiting from the forecast and obviously we’ll be the ones mainly on standby (Slalom) as we really don’t need much wind to compete. Today is teased us two or three times with little 10 minute patches where it was maybe borderline race-able. It looks like it’ll be a long week, but we really don’t need much, so fingers crossed that we’ll get something.”



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    Maciek Rutkowski


    Basile Jacquin (FMX Racing / Point-7): “It was windy this morning until around maybe 11am, but then it turned completely offshore with zero wind for an hour. There were a few little gusts but sadly not enough. I’m from New Caledonia, but I live in Almanarre, which is about 1 and half hours from here. Sometimes we come here with the Federation if it’s not windy in Almanarre. Usually here is a pretty good place for windsurfing, but so far in both PWA events here we’ve been unlucky. Normally it’s a wind machine here.”


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    Basile Jacquin


    The outlook for tomorrow looks slightly lighter than today, but with some rain expected there may also be a few squalls around. The Slalom and Freestyle fleets will meet on Monday morning at 9am - with action a first possible start of 9:30am for the Freestyle and 10am for the racers. The wave fleet will also receive a call at 9am tomorrow morning, but this will be given out online.


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    Forecast for Le Jai for Monday

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  • Leider weiter kein Wind:


    A Bit of Tow-in Freestyle to Entertain the Crowds as the Wind Continues to Refuse to Play Ball


    Monday always looked light on the forecast compared to yesterday and that’s how the day played out with almost zero wind throughout Day 4 of the 2021 SOMWR Movement 10 x Marignane PWA Grand Slam. With things remaining extremely calm it was left to a few members of the Freestyle fleet to entertain the crowds and TV crew with a tow-in display.


    2021 EFPT Tow-in Champion - Lennart Neubauer (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins): “It was really fun to be able to get in the water for a bit today, although we didn’t have as much speed that I would like for tow-in. But just good to be in the wetsuit and I’m ready for whatever is thrown at us here. I still managed to land a few moves and just keep a bit of the stoke flowing with some water time. It was fun with Youp, Antony and Takuma.”


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    Lennart Neubauer


    Youp Schmit (Tabou / GA Sails), who finished 4th overall on the Freestyle PWA World Tour in 2019: “The tow-in was a bit different as we had almost no wind when we were doing it. But overall it was a lot of fun with the boat as you can a little wake to pop off.”


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    Youp Schmit


    Antony Ruenes (Tabou / GA Sails) - 7th overall in 2019: “The tow-in today was fun - we were a really small fleet with just me, Lennart, Youp & Takuma, we just wanted to try and give a show for the TV. We made the best of what we had. For me it was just fun because I haven’t done tow-in for about 3 years.”


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    Antony Ruenes


    Takuma Sugi (Tabou / GA Sails) - who finished as the U20 Youth Vice-World Champion in both Wave & Freestyle: “It was so much fun to do some tow-in and I’m stoked from today. I did have a big crash though which was super scary. It was super shallow where I crashed, so it hurt, but I’m okay. I think in the end we all landed some good moves.”


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    Takuma Sugi


    The forecast looks light once again for Tuesday, so the Wave fleet have been given a lay day, whilst the Slalom & Freestyle fleets will both have their skippers’ meetings at 10am tomorrow morning with the action commencing from 10:30am onwards - if conditions are suitable. Whilst Tuesday may not look too bright on paper the good news is that Wednesday now offers a bit more promise than before.


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    Outlook for the next couple of days for Le Jaï, Marignane

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  • ist das frustrierend!

    ja und nein


    das zeigt dass es auch an den topspots und für superevents mal keinen wind gibt, und damit muss man sich halt abfinden wenn manoutdoorsport betreibt.


    und es zeigt dass auf wind warten einfach zu unserem sport gehört.


    umso mehr freut man sich dann wenns wind hat.



    aber es wär natürlich schon fein wenn im büro nebenher der stream laufen würde ;)

  • ja, natürlich. Aber Sie haben eine tollen Sponsor gefunden - ich habe auch daher auf ein möglichst reibungsloses großes spektakuläres WC-Finale gehofft.

  • ja, natürlich. Aber Sie haben eine tollen Sponsor gefunden - ich habe auch daher auf ein möglichst reibungsloses großes spektakuläres WC-Finale gehofft.

    der sponsor ist natürlich super und eine absolute aufwertung für unseren sport


    aber wind zaubern können die auch nicht, eher im gegenteil.


    aber so hat man mehr zeit sich die produkte anzusehen.

  • A Short Flurry of Wind Sees Men’s Slalom Begin, Whilst Wednesday Looks Promising For More Action


    With a similar forecast as Monday for Day 5 of the SOMWR Movement 10 x Marignane PWA Grand Slam, presented by Greentech Festival, there wasn’t too much hope surrounding the mid-point of the event. However, as always, there is always a chance of the forecast being wrong. So, whilst Day 5 still didn’t allow any results to be gained, there was at least some progress with a late flurry of wind in the late afternoon allowing the Men’s Slalom to begin.


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    Golden hour racing


    Men’s


    Slalom


    After very light winds for much of the day, around 4pm, the wind shifted slightly to the right and opened up the possibility of some late racing. The wind was only ever around 4-9 knots, but that’s where the beauty of foiling comes in as that is the threshold required to allow the best sailors in the world to race.


    At 4:30pm the red flag was raised, meaning racing would be underway for the first time in Marignane in 2021. Unfortunately, the opening heat had to be cancelled, but Heat 2 was completed successfully, which saw Rytis Jasiunas (Future Fly / Point-7) win the heat ahead of - 19-year-old - Michal Polak (RRD / RRD Sails) - Scotty Scolmann (Starboard / Severne) - both of whom are making their debuts on the world tour, and Sebastian Kornum (JP / NeilPryde), who claimed the final qualifying spot ahead of Benjamin Augé (Starboard / Severne).


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    Rytis Jasiunas


    Heat 3 also began, but the wind proved unsuitable, so with the fading light, the decision was made to bring the day to a close. The good news is that the forecast for Wednesday is much better than today.


    Head Judge, Duncan Coombs, gives his outlook for Wednesday: “The forecast for tomorrow gives 15-22 knots in the gusts from the NNW. Going off of what we’ve had so far I think there will be way more wind at Carro than Le Jaï. We stand more chance of getting more wind in Carro I think, but the wind will be offshore, so the action will be far out. We still have a better chance of competing there than here (Le Jaï), so that’s why we’ve called the Freestyle skippers’ meeting at Carro tomorrow morning at 8am (GMT+1). Hopefully, we’ll be able to get the single elimination for the Men and Women done.”


    Earlier in the day a meeting was held to discuss the climate and the impact that we are having as humans on the planet. As you are hopefully aware by now, the SOMWR Movement 10 x Marignane PWA Grand Slam, is the first event to not just be Carbon neutral, but to be Carbon positive by 10 times. To hear more about this we caught up with Tasmin Chilcott, who is the Environmental Project Manager for Starboard & SOMWR, who had this to say: “Today we held our panel discussion to talk about how we can use sporting events for a better future. As a quick round up we are hoping to use 4 main windsurfing events to create environmental action over the next year together and show how it can be economical, and how it can benefit the whole event and the community,”


    We also caught up with Matthias Neumann, who is the longterm organiser of the PWA Sylt Windsurf World Cup: “To try and make an easy summary, this is all of us who feel, not only the responsibility, but also the great chance we have to use an international event as a platform to raise awareness for climate action. This is what we need. As windsurfers we are so close to nature, so we more than anyone can understand the importance of promoting positive work towards battling climate action.”


    With the more positive forecast to come for tomorrow - with 14-26 knots NNW winds - currently predicted the skippers’ meeting for the Freestyle fleet will be held in Carro at 8am (GMT+1) tomorrow morning - with the action commencing from 8:30am onwards. Meanwhile, the Slalom fleet will meet again at 10am, in Le Jaï, with a first possible start at 10:30am, whilst the Wave fleet will also meet at Carro at 9am for their skippers’ meeting.


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    Forecast for tomorrow at Carro

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  • Heute mit Freestyle!


    Freestyle Returns to the World Stage Leaving Just the Top 4 Women & Top 7 Men Standing


    Day 6 of the SOMWR Movement 10 x Marignane PWA Grand Slam proved to be the best day of the event thus far, which enabled the Freestyle single eliminations to begin in Carro after an early morning skippers’ meeting.


    Conditions weren’t easy with the bitterly cold wind adding an extra dimension of difficulty, whilst choppy water and winds varying between 12-25 knots ensured the best freestylers in the world endured a tough test. However, after over two years of no freestyle contests, most competitors were just happy to be back in their competition jerseys battling it out against the best in the world.


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    Carro hosts the best freestylers in the world


    With the crème-de-la-crème of the freestyling world back on centre stage there was an array of world class manoeuvres as you would expect, whilst there were several close calls on an eagerly contested day.


    Freestyle


    Single Elimination


    Women’s


    World No.3 - Oda Brødholt (Starboard / Severne) - produced a polished display in the quarterfinals against - Lina Erpenstein (Severne / Severne Sails) - who was making her debut on the Freestyle scene. The Norwegian had too much firepower for Erpenstein to safely progress into the top 4. In the semifinals, Brødholt, will face vice-world champion - Maaike Huvermann (Severne / Severne Sails) - after the 23-year-old eased her way past 17-year-old Salome Fournier (MB-Boards / Sailloft Hamburg) - who was also making her debut on the World Tour. Brødholt and Huvermann have plenty of history against each other, so it will be intriguing to see who comes out on top this time around if there is enough wind.


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    Oda Brødholt


    Maaike Huvermann is stoked to be back competing after over two years of no Freestyle contests: “I had a lot of fun. It was just nice to be back out on the water. It was actually very windy during my heat - I was on 4.4m and it was pretty choppy. I could’ve sailed a better heat but it was a bit weird after two years, so it took a bit of getting used to, but yeah, it was a lot of fun to be back.”



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    Maaike Huvermann


    Heat 14 saw 12-time Freestyle World Champion - Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) - in action for the first time and the Aruban delivered her usual high standard of performance - showing off power moves on both tacks. Waiting in the semifinal for Offringa will be Youth World Champion - Lina Eržen (Flikka / Duotone) - after the 16-year-old produced an excellent display to see off the challenge of Olya Raskina (JP / NeilPryde).


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    Sarah-Quita Offringa


    Men’s


    The main talking point in the first round surrounded - Balz Müller (MB-Boards / Severne) - as the Swissman became the first sailor to compete on a foil during a freestyle heat. The 27-year-old is well known for pushing the level of Foil Freestyle through the roof. Müller would advance through the first round by boosting moves with far greater height than anyone else and many of the field would have feared facing him. Unfortunately, the wheels came off slightly in the last 16 with too many crashes, which is something you cannot afford against the highly talented - Adrien Bosson (Fanatic / Duotone).


    Balz Müller talks about competing on a foil during a Freestyle contest for the first time: “It was a great experience. The conditions weren’t that great for foiling, and I know it wasn’t perfect for fin either. It was very challenging for everyone, but I landed some big moves. Unfortunately, I had too many crashes though and you can’t afford to do that. It’s always the same in competition you want to go big, but know you should play it a bit safer to get some points on the board, but I can’t make myself do that. I always overcook it because I want to show what is possible on the foil. It’s a shame we didn’t get the single finished, but hopefully, there’s enough wind to get it finished tomorrow. The beauty of the foil is that we could’ve run the whole day, so that’s a bit of a bummer. Hopefully, in the future, we will see more people competing on the foil as that will allow us to gain a result when it’s not windy enough for fin freestyle. It’s an exciting time for the sport as there are new tricks being landed every day - particularly on the foil. It’s a great time to be alive.”


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    Balz Müller on his foil


    After winning a close first heat against Antoine Albert (Goya Windsurfing), Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (RRD / RRD Sails), produced a dominant display versus - Steven Van Broeckhoven (Starboard / GUNSAILS) - to book his place in the top 8. The Venezuelan is chasing a 10th world title and if the wind plays balls you certainly wouldn’t bet against it off of the back of his performance today.


    Gollito is currently the only sailor to have booked his place in the semifinals as unfortunately after the completion of Heat 13a the wind started to become marginal. Several heats were attempted but had to be cancelled due to the lack of wind.


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    Gollito Estredo


    In Heat 10 - Jacopo Testa (AV Boards / Point-7 / AL360) - came out on top against - Antony Ruenes (Tabou / GA Sails) - to set up a tie with Amado Vrieswijk (Future Fly / Severne) after the Bonairean defeated Dudu Levi (GUNSAILS). Their quarterfinal was sailed once, but it was eventually cancelled much to the annoyance of Testa, who had this to say: “I sailed some good heats, but then in the end they started to cancel and resail heats, which is something I would have something to complain about, but let's see tomorrow, hopefully, we get some wind.”



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    Jacopo Testa


    Antony Ruenes: “I think we were pretty lucky with the conditions that we got today as the forecast wasn’t the best. In the end, we were able to finish some heats, so fingers crossed maybe tomorrow there’s enough to get it finished.”


    As previously mentioned - Adrien Bosson - negotiated his way past - Balz Müller - in Heat 11a with the Frenchman looking very fluent on both tacks. The 2018 vice-world champion will now face - Youp Schmit (Tabou / GA Sails) - in the quarterfinals after the Bonairean ended the hopes of - Nicolas Akgazciyan (JP / NeilPryde). Their last 8 battle also began, but it soon fell to the same fate as Testa versus Vrieswijk.


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    Adrien Bosson


    Youp Schmit: “Today we had a great day of windsurfing. At the start of the day the wind was strong with some guys on 4.4s and flying. Sadly though the wind dropped on us and we couldn’t finish the top 8."


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    Youp Schmit


    Sam Esteve (JP / NeilPryde) took on - Dieter van der Eyken (Severne / Severne Sails) in Heat 12a in what proved to be one of the tightest battles of the day with the lead continually changing hands with both sailors trading blow-for-blow. In the end, though it was the Frenchman who would advance after landing a massive air skopu. Esteve will now face - Yentel Caers (JP / NeilPryde) - in the fight for the top 4, but the reigning world champion didn’t have it all his own way today.


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    Yentel Caers


    Caers faced Youth World Champion - Lennart Neubauer (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) - in Heat 12b and it was anything but plain sailing. The highly rated Greek is already on everyone’s radars and rightly so after today’s performance. In the end, Caers needed a resail to defeat Neubauer as in their opening battle the 17-year-old landed a new move called the Mitato, which made It looks as though Neubauer had caused a major upset. However, after some disputes about the scores, it turned out that Caers had actually won the heat, but in the honour of sportsmanship both sailors agreed to a resail. The next time around Caers left nothing to chance as he posted the highest scoring heat of the competition thus far - 115.4 points - (whilst it was still the best 3 moves from 6 counting on each tack) and the reigning world champion marches on after a slight scare.


    Lennart Neubauer reacts after landing a new move, but just missing out on a place in the top 8: “Conditions were better than it looked from the beach for me. I enjoyed my heats. It was also fun to sail twice against Yentel. Next time I hope I can get him. I landed a new move called the mitato. It didn’t score quite as well as I would’ve expected, but it’s just cool to land a new move in competition. I think it’s also the first new move to be named via a Greek name, so I’m also happy about that.”


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    Mid new move - Lennart Neubauer


    The forecast for Thursday looks as though there may be a chance of completing the Freestyle if we are lucky as WindGuru currently predicts 12-18 knots for Carro. With this in mind, the Freestyle fleet will meet again tomorrow morning at 8am with the action commencing from 8:30am (GMT+1) onwards - if conditions are suitable. The Slalom fleet will have their skippers’ meeting at 10am in Le Jaï - with a first possible start at 10:30am.



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    Forecast for Thursday and Friday

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  • Der heutige Tag:


    Offringa on the Verge of 13th Freestyle World Crown, Whilst an Emotional Vrieswijk May Have Finally Ended Search For Maiden World Title


    A marginal forecast for the morning of Day 7 of the 2021 SOMWR Movement 10 x Marignane PWA Grand Slam, presented by Greentech Festival, proved to be just enough to allow the Men’s and Women’s Freestyle Single Eliminations to be completed in light, tricky conditions. So, whilst today may not have been the power freestyle we have come to love in recent years, it was still an intriguing battle. Sailors were given 10 minutes in the Women’s Finals and 12 minutes in the Men’s Finals to show off what they can do in the lighter airs. This meant that today came down to patience, so holding your nerve was critical given the longer heat duration, with still the best 3 moves from 6 to count. Waiting for the right gust often proved pivotal. It also tested the sailor's technical ability to the max as they still attempted to land the biggest moves possible in the light winds.


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    All smiles for Sarah-Quita Offringa & Amado Vrieswijk


    As it stands, Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins), is now on the verge of claiming an incredible 13th Freestyle World Championship, whilst Amado Vrieswijk’s (Future Fly / Severne) wait for a maiden world title could finally be over after defeating - Adrien Bosson (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins) - in the Winners’ Final. Vrieswijk has been on the cusp of being World Champion on 3 occasions - losing out on a tiebreak in 2016 to Gollito Estredo (RRD / RRD Sails), finishing as the vice-world champion in 2017, whilst missing out on the world title in 2019 despite winning two out of the three events that season. It’s been a long time coming for the 25-year-old, but with almost no wind on the horizon, it looks as though the wait for his first world crown may finally be over and I don’t think any sailor would begrudge him of that honour having been so close on so many occasions before.


    Freestyle


    Women’s


    Sarah-Quita Offringa faced another battle against her long time rival - Maaike Huvermann (Severne / Severne Sails / Maui Ultra Fins) - in the Winners’ Final and it turned out to be another exciting affair. Huvermann is the only woman to have won a heat against Offringa in 13-years - having won the Double Elimination Final against the Aruban in Bonaire in 2019 - and she put up a solid challenge again. At the halfway stage things were evenly poised, but then, as she so often does, Offringa raised the bar by landing two power moves - a culo and burner on starboard tack - despite the light winds. This ultimately proved to be the difference.


    Sarah-Quita Offringa: “Honestly I didn’t even think that we were going to compete today. Then I got to the beach and it seemed windy, but the other days it hasn’t really been coming to the shore. Then at the skippers’ meeting, we were told that it would be on and the women would be up first. I was like ‘oh man, now we’ve gotta go first’, but I think that kind of switched my mindset and got me up for it. I went out on my 5.2 - to be honest, I think my better heat was the semifinal, but then the heat after I saw the guys looked really powered up, so I dropped a sail size for the final. I’d also just like to quickly say congrats to Lina Eržen - I’m happy I got to sail against you. In the final I took 4.8, but the wind dropped a bit, so my tactic was just to get in the moves. I didn’t go for my highest scoring moves, but I just concentrated on filling my scoresheet In the end though I managed to land a burner and I think that is the move that made the difference as I got a lot of points for that one. By the end of the heat I still wasn’t sure that I’d won, but I was satisfied as I’ve made a lot of progress this year and I did what I could in the Final. Whoever won, I think I would’ve been equally as happy for Maaike. I was pleased and relieved to hear some cheers when I got back to the beach to confirm that I’d won.”


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    Sarah-Quita Offringa


    Huvermann will still be happy with her performance, sailing with style and consistency throughout, but for now, Offringa still proves to be elusive target.


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    Maaike Huvermann


    Oda Brødholt (Starboard / Severne) currently completes the top 3 after producing a fine display to defeat Lina Eržen (Flikka / Duotone) in the battle for third and fourth. 16-year-old - Eržen - though should be delighted with her efforts over the last couple of days and the young Slovenian looks set to earn her best result - 4th - whilst also being a name to watch in the future.


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    Oda Brødholt


    Men’s


    Amado Vrieswijk is one of the heaviest freestylers on the tour, so with today’s marginal and dying winds, it looked as though things weren’t really going to be stacked in his favour. However, the Bonairean made a fine start against - Adrien Bosson - in the Winners’ Final by landing a spock-culo and from there 25-year-old never really looked back as he claimed a clear-cut victory against Bosson, who just couldn’t find the gusts he needed to really ever try and mount a comeback.


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    Amado Vrieswijk


    Vrieswijk was understandably emotional upon returning to the beach and had this to say: “My first heat against Jacopo [Testa] was the windiest I think, so I was very lucky with this because Jaco is a machine in light winds. I was very happy to be able to win against him and then I had Gollito, who is very quick onto the plane and also incredible in competitions, so I feel like I sailed three finals today. In the final against Bosson, who is also amazing in light winds, the wind got even more patchy and lighter, so even in the gusts you didn’t have much power. I just tried to land the best moves, or hardest moves I could, with the power I had. I think I maximised what I could do with the wind we had today."


    When prompted on the fact that if there is no more wind, which looks like the most likely scenario, that he will finally get his hands on a first world title: “In the last 5 years I’ve been in this position many times. I lost two titles in Sylt to Gollito, whilst I was standing still for 5 minutes in the heats. Last year I lost against Yentel due to the scoring system. If you look at the points I actually won the title, so now to hopefully get my hands on the title after one event feels good.”


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    Amado Vrieswijk within touching distance of a long awaited first world title


    The Frenchman sailed brilliantly in the semi-finals to defeat - Yentel Caers (JP / NeilPryde) - but couldn’t replicate that same standard in the final with Bosson failing to complete his scoresheet, which is very unusual, but it also gives an indication of just how light the conditions were.


    Adrien Bosson discusses today’s conditions: “It was very light out there, but I think with the forecast we had we were very lucky to be able to run the contest. We were all on our big equipment - 5.2s and big board. It’s great that we managed to get the result and complete the Single Elimination. I think this was just the second time I was using the 5.2 so it felt a bit weird - it’s definitely not my normal sail. Usually, it’s so windy here, so we’ve just been very unlucky with the forecast. My first two heats were okay today, you really needed to wait for the right gusts to do your moves. In the final it was really on the edge. I’m not even sure I completed my scoresheet. I’m still happy, it’s good to be back competing again! Hopefully there’s more to come next year.”


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    Adrien Bosson


    Yentel Caers faced 9-time Freestyle World Champion - Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (RRD / RRD Sails) - in the fight for third and fourth and the 2019 world champion was able to overcome the King of Freestyle to claim the remaining place on the podium - for now at least. The Belgian just lost out to Bosson in the semifinals with just 3.6 points separating the two sailors, and the 26-year-old produced another typically powerful display to hold off Gollito.


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    Yentel Caers probably handing over the title in gracious fashion


    As it stands Steven Van Broeckhoven (Starboard / GUNSAILS), shares equal 5th place with Jacopo Testa (AV Boards / Point-7 / AL360), Youp Schmit (Tabou / GA Sails) & Sam Esteve (JP / NeilPryde).


    Unfortunately, the outlook for the remainder of the event looks quite bleak with 4 days of extremely light winds predicted. However, with the Mediterranean being such a small weather system, there is still an outside chance of that changing. The Slalom & Freestyle sailors will meet again at 10am tomorrow morning - with a first possible start at 10:30am.


    Result 2021 SOMWR Movement 10 x Marignane PWA Grand Slam - Women’s Freestyle

    *Single Elimination


    1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU | Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)

    2nd Maaike Huvermann (NED | Severne / Severne Sails / Maui Ultra Fins)

    3rd Oda Brødholt (NOR | Starboard / Severne)

    4th Lina Eržen (SLO | Flikka / Duotone)


    Result 2021 SOMWR Movement 10 x Marignane PWA Grand Slam - Men’s Freestyle

    *Single Elimination


    1st Amado Vrieswijk (BON | Future Fly / Severne)

    2nd Adrien Bosson (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins)

    3rd Yentel Caers (BEL | JP / NeilPryde)

    4th Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (VEN | RRD / RRD Sails)

    5th Steven Van Broeckhoven (BEL | Starboard / GUNSAILS)

    5th Jacopo Testa (ITA | AV Boards / Point-7 / AL360)

    5th Youp Schmit (BON | Tabou / GA Sails)

    5th Sam Esteve (FRA | JP / NeilPryde)

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