Do Windsurfers Make The Best SUPers?

Windsurfers yet again show that when the wind doesn’t blow they can rip on a SUP too, but who was the best in Cold Hawaii?

Wall-to-wall sunshine replaced Tuesday’s cloudy skies on day three of the KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup as Cold Hawaii once again demonstrated its world class potential, with brilliant waves.

With no wind unfortunately predicted, the decision was made to hold a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) contest, which saw the pros take on the locals from two o’clock. An intriguing battle ensued as each of the competitors took full advantage of the clean, peeling waves to produce a fantastic display for the crowds.

Stunning sunshine, swell and a superb SUP competition

With the excellent conditions on offer, head judge Duncan Coombs made the decision to run fifteen-minute heats with two waves to count.

The hopes of a local champion fell solely on the shoulders of Sebastian Kornum as he took on, Mauch, Bruch and Ojeda in the final. The Danishman’s best wave of the heat came in the dying seconds as he propelled himself off the lip into a frontside air, however it wasn’t enough as Bruch consistently hunted out set waves, before ripping them apart to clinch the victory — earning him a little bit of revenge over Mauch after yesterday’s defeat. Meanwhile, Ojeda secured the final podium position with Mauch in fourth.

Results of SUP Contest:

1st Dany Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL360)
2nd Sebastian Kornum (JP / NeilPryde)
3rd Dario Ojeda (Tabou / Gaastra / MFC / Al360)
4th Moritz Mauch (Starboard / North)

Furthermore – say hello to HF Cold Hawaii:

From August 2014 it will be possible to take an HF course — HF stands for Higher Preparatory Exam (or ‘upper secondary exams that give access to further education’) — where surfing is an integral part.

The basic idea is that, when there are suitable windsurfing, kitesurfing or surfing conditions, you will be able to be on the water and then, when there are less appropriate conditions, you will take part in intensive HF studies. In order to make the most of the season, the course will be constructed with a high degree of flexibility, and changes may be made on a daily basis.


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