Sarah-Quita Offringa has had an astonishing career so far. Having just picked up her second ever slalom world title, which now sees her with 11 world titles from the PWA World Tour, she truly has all avenues covered, except for one... Waves. We've had many chats with Sarah this year about her wave sailing career and she seems determined to get the hat-trick sooner rather than later.
At just the tender age of 24, her incredible talent seems to hold no bounds as she claims title after title, event win after event win. Even in the waves her talent has progressed rapidly this year, she admitted to learning the pushloop pretty much in competition and pulled this move out the bag to help her to a podium finish in Gran Canaria and a 4th place in Tenerife. In the end she still managed a podium finish in the wave overall rankings (3rd place) and now has a very heavy trophy cabinet from just this year alone.
But let us turn our attentions to the slalom discipline where she managed to take home a 2nd place in New Caledonia to secure her world title.
"A tad bit too excited to actually write anything yesterday.
Coming to New Caledonia I already had two event wins in the pocket, so the title was within my grasp but I still was really nervous for this event. Because... What if it all goes wrong? (You know, when you start to imagine all worst case scenario's?!) That crash I had last year, bothered me for 6 months after. And I've replayed it over and over again in my mind since.
DUDE, then the green flag goes up and you have no choice but to sheet in and hold on, if you want to keep up. In the end it turned out to be some of the best racing in a long time! I was aiming for top 3 and finished 2nd. Couldn't have wished for a better finish for the year!
As I mentioned on stage.. I have huge respect for all the girls I'm competing against. This time it's my turn to have the title, but I'm sure next year it's on again, and I am very much looking forward to that!
It's a long way to New Caledonia, but once you're there you don't want to leave anymore. Thank you to the organization for taking such good care of us during the event. Thank you to all the locals for cheering for us and making us feel at home! Biggest thank you to Family Albert for taking care of me and family Jacquin!
This is what yesterday looked like in pictures and of course that one photo that doesn't bother me anymore, because I beat L'anse Vata's obstacle course this time!" - Sarah-Quita
Photos by - JC/PWA World Tour