It's time again for the next stage of the PWA World Tour. Taking to the beaches of Costa Brava, the World Tour is all set for the slalom sailors to do battle. With one event under the belt in Korea, where the best in the world certainly had a shake up, it's time for the Boardseeker lowdown on who we think are the title contenders for Costa Brava. Read on to find out five of our hot picks for this event (plus a few offerings on who to keep an eye on).
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1. Antoine Albeau
As ever, it would be unwise to rule out Antoine Albeau from the podium, in fact it might even be unwise to rule him out from the number one spot altogether. Since 2008 Antoine Albeau has been on the podium at every single event bar 5, his staggering level of consistency makes him almost untouchable right now.
2. Pierre Mortefon
Bring on the next generation. It seems with so many familiar faces in slalom that it may only be someone from the younger generation who could cause an upset and well, to be quite frank, Pierre Mortefon is that man. He finished second in Korea already and dominated at Le Defi 2015. Showing consistency in both light winds and nuclear winds, Albeau will undoubtedly be watching closely over his shoulder for Mortefon during this event.
3. Ross Williams
The Brit with titles, and a killer beard. Already with world titles under his windsurfing belt, Ross Williams has a track record of success. It would be unwise to rule this guy out from a place on or very near the podium at any event.
4. Pascal Tosseli
No stranger to the podium in 2014 Tosseli has been earmarked for success since his rapid rise up the ranks last year, and to prove that this is no fluke he already took 5th place in Korea earlier this year. He appears to be at the peak of his game and it looks like it won't take much on his part to topple the others of the very crown of the podium.
5. Josh Angulo
A legend in the game, Angulo is one of the most experienced competitors in windsurfing. Having been on the scene for years and years it is his experience, skill and determination that took him to third place in Korea. Riding off this result he will unmistakeably be ready to do battle with his head held high and a decent amount of momentum in his sails. Read more about his start to the year in our interview with the man himself.
Special Mention - Marco Lang
There is no doubt Lang will also be charging in Costa Brava this week. Tasting success and seeing that his winter training has proven fruitful, the young Austrian will be more motivated than ever to add another good result to his first ever top 10 finish to keep the momentum rolling into what might just be his best year yet. We certainly recommend keeping an eye on him, not just at this event but throughout the whole year.
Special Mention - Taty Frans
Having missed the event in Korea due to his commitments to freestyle windsurfing, Taty Frans will also be one to watch out for this week. He's been putting the hours in whilst at home and getting some solid results in events like the Sorobon Masters, where he even managed to beat Björn Dunkerbeck in a few races. No doubt the motivation and drive is there to fight hard for the top 5 and perhaps even better.