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The final day of competition has a small chance of wind in store but with less than an hour until the final call it is a very slim chance that the second single will get underway. So it is highly likely that Gollito Estredo is the winner of this years first PWA event, with Steven Van Broeckhoven in second and Kiri Thode in third. Head back later for final confirmation and video updates.
There was little to light wind on Monday until 12 o’clock when suddenly the conditions improved and Phil Soltysiak was the first to hit the water. Fully planning just a hundred meters off the beach he grabbed the attention of all the other riders and PWA crew and preparations to start competition got under way immediately. After 2 hours of stop/start winds with several attempts to begin the first heat the crew decided to set longer postponements until the wind eventually dropped off and there was no chance to try to start the second single elimination. Despite this there was still plenty of moves being thrown and once again Continentseven were on the scene to capture the action, here is their take on it.
Now on the fourth day in PWA Austria much has been happening over the weekend. Currently a second single elimination has just begun as a strong south wind has kicked in, surprising all competitiors, many of whom were expecting a day of tanning and enjoying the event site. In this news post we catch up with what has happened thus far. Firstly a special thanks to Continentseven who have allowed us to use and push their clips which they have been producing of the event.
On the opening day of the event temperatures soared as Austria truly stepped into summer with a bang, there were many fears that the ongoing winter spell would affect the event and hot tubs had been brought in ready to keep the riders warm. As the conditions didn’t improve the highlight of the day was the tow-in training which took place later in the evening. Check our round up about this a little later, following this the opening ceremony was held later in the evening. A thousand strong crowd were there as the riders were introduced one by one, here is what happened.
The day that everyone was talking about, the forecast showed strong south winds like you rarely ever see on lake Neusiedler and the forecast certainly delivered. An early start for all as the plan to complete a full double elimination in one day had been hatched and so the riders and crew met at 08:00 on the beach, however the wind wasn’t playing ball and the moment everyone arrived the wind disappeared completely, leaving all slightly bewildered. However, an hour later and the first windsurfers hit the water on the 4.8′s and sure enough as soon as they hit the water they were returning for 4.4 and even 4.0′s, the competition was on!
There were many fierce battles throughout the day, some upsets and a few injuries, all of which can be read on the official PWA Press Release HERE. In the end it was 5 x world champion, Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo who stormed to victory ahead of Steven Van Broeckhoven and Kiri Thode who finished second and third respectively. Action clips from the early heats and the double elimination can be seen below.
With light winds forecast Sunday saw little action take place on the water except that of two tow-in qualification rounds (tune back in later for our round up). The slightly slack winds were perhaps a good thing for many of the competitors who were out celebrating until the small hours after the triumphs of the previous day.
With the first round kicking off the winds are fickle and the start of the first heat continues to be postponed. We will be sure to get an update later in the day as to what is happening, for those interested and with time then keep an eye on the PWA Live Ticker, where you can follow all the competitors as the day progresses. PWA Live Ticker.