German freestyler Andre Paskowski ( F2/ North Sails) and Japanese all-rounder Junko Nagoshi (J-11) are awarded 2005 PWA Rookie of the Year.
Andre was orignally a racer competing on the German Racing scene since he was a nipper. However he always went short board sailing in his spare time and as freestyle suddenly came back into fashion, Andre concentrated more on that side of things and took himself off to Margarita for several winters to train alongside the South American boys.
He started the PWA Tour in 2004 but was injured during an EFPT event in Greece. This runied his season but he spent the time back home in Germany working on his profile and on future DVD projects.
2005 saw him back to working order and himself and Kevin Mevissen dominated the EFPT Tour and began to do well at the PWA Freestyle events finishing 13th in Pozo & 3rd in Lanzarote leaving him 11th overall in the 2005 Freestyle Rankings.
In the women’s department Junko Nagoshi (J-11) made a very strong impression as a newcomer in wave performance, freestyle and Super X. Starting off on Maui at the Jeep Hawaii Pro, Nagoshi set the tone for things to come with a solid fifth place. Next in Pozo’s radically different conditions, Nagoshi kept up the pace by taking another fifth place overall in waves and as the wave contest in Sylt had no result, her fifth place remained.
Nagoshi’s big breakthrough came at the Super X competition on Lanzarote where her racing experience really came into play. With incredible speed and skills around the obstacle course, J-11 was well on her way to winning the first ever women’s Super X world title by winning two out of six finals and performing very well in the remaining heats. While she just missed out on the gold in the very last race, Nagoshi sailed away an amazing second place overall.
Photo Credit: PWA/Carter