2016 sees yet again a packed tour for the worlds finest windsurfers. With a level that continues to rise and the gaps closing between those names that have ruled the roost for so many years, 2015 certainly had it's moments.
Köster going for the triple forward loop may have been the pinnacle in the wave discipline, or perhaps Noireaux securing back to back wins at the Aloha Classic in Maui. Amongst the ladies, Iballa Moreno managed to nab the title from under her sisters nose by winning the Aloha Classic, yet still the twins show fine form together at the top of the PWA rankings. Nevertheless the competition draws ever closer.
In slalom the fight for first came down to the wire at the final event in New Caledonia; Mortefon, Albeau and Iachino fought tooth for tooth for the title but in the end experience ruled as Albeau continued his dominance. Once again Sarah-Quita was back in charge of the ladies discipline with a near perfect season.
In freestyle Sarah-Quita also ruled the ladies with her powerful moves and style, that is as yet unbeatable. Meanwhile in the mens a fresh face not only made the overall podium but actually took the world title, Dieter Van Der Eyken. We also saw a rapid progression in moves as shifty's became more commonplace and the double air culo was witnessed on occasion in training. The form of tow-in also gave way to another level of air moves as the guys rocketed into double air culos, double air burners and more in Sylt. The names may boggle the mind but the height and progression do not.
So the big question on our minds is that the freestyle discipline will see just three events this year, down from four in the previous year. Sadly, the last minute event in France had to be dropped as a major sponsor pulled out, nevertheless the three core events are still in place. However, three may be a little thin on the ground. Thoughts?