MARIA BEHRENS TAKES FIRST WORLD CUP PODIUM!
MARIA BEHRENS TAKES FIRST WORLD CUP PODIUM! Whilst Adrien Bosson takes his 4th Freestyle Overall Podium finishing in 3rd for 2023. As the only stop on the PWA World Tour with all 3 disciplines in attendance, the PWA Sylt World Cup always promises to be jam packed with action and this year was no different.
Ticking off the event was the Slalom disciplines, as with much of this season, the foil was dominating the competition. Whilst the DUOTONE WARPBOYZ were a little slow out the blocks in Sylt, Pierre Mortefon rounded out the last day in fashion to take a bullet in race 6 and climb into the top 10. As this is the 4th event of the season for the boys, the discard comes into play which places Pierre Mortefon in 3rd place heading into the final event in Japan and only 100 points (1 place) behind the joint leaders. Everything is still very much to play for and a victory in Japan could see Pierre taking home the World Title!
Day 2 of the event and we turned our heads to the Freestyle spectacle. Smashing out the single elimination in perfect side shore conditions – Adrien Bosson sat in 3rd place, whilst his fellow title contender, Yentel Caers, was knocked out in his first heat. This gave Bosson the commanding position for the World Title heading in to the double elimination, but ultimately it would be a World Title showdown heat between Bosson and Caers for who would take the World Title. Unfortunately, after a phenomenal performance all day long, Caers did enough to just edge over Bosson and took the World Title, whilst unfortunately a 2nd and a 4th place for 2023 meant Adrien Bosson finished 3rd for 2023 – his 4th time on the World podium in 5 attempts.
Wrapping up the competition, the final weekend of the event saw promise of waves entering the equation. Whilst the forecast diminished all week, the women were blessed with beautiful clean port-tack down the line conditions – almost unheard of in Sylt! For Maria Behrens, a first round draw against multiple time German Champion, Lina Erpenstein, was the ultimate battle. A showdown whilst has previously always gone in the favour of Erpenstein. Behrens came in relaxed and hungry and from the minute go looked at one with the conditions. She wowed the German crowd and the judges with her technical riding and impressive wave selection and really showed the home-advantage from training so much in the North Sea. Passing Erpenstein with the highest single-wave and heat score of the competition, she progressed to the semi-finals where she met 2022 Vice Wave World Champion, Justyna Sniady. Once again, wave selection and critical turning meant the German passed into the final for the first time in her career to face France’s Marine Hunter. Looking in the form of her life in the side-shore riding conditions, unfortunately the wind-gods were not in her favour as it dropped too much and started to swing onshore and the final was abandoned until the following morning. Battle commenced at dawn and armed with the ultimate setup for the tricky gusty conditions – the SUPER_HERO SLS, Maria put down the better wave score of the final, but was unfortunately edged out on the jumping side. But with her reaction on the beach, you would have thought she would have won – the young German was ecstatic to have reached her first World Cup final and be guaranteed a podium position for the event. A true dream come true moment for Maria.
As we progressed straight into the first round of the Men’s wave competition, Marc Pare and Victor Fernandez both flew through their heats, both looking on excellent form. A lot of this performance was due to their unrelenting dedication to get dialled into the spot – hitting the water at any opportunity during the week, even when other disciplines were taking place or when it was insufficient conditions for competition. Both favouring the GRIP 3 SLS for the onshore conditions and the SUPER_HERO SLS, they looked fully in the zone and were disappointed not to have the conditions to go further as the wind died completely after the first round was completed.
A special mention has to go to Arthur Arutkin, who was unfortunately drawn against Morgan Noireaux who took the highest heat score of the day, whilst Arthur’s score would have won all but one other heat in the draw, scoring higher than both Pare and Fernandez!
As the Men’s event finished after the 1st round, Pare and Fernandez take home =1st, shared by the top 16, and thus neither of their standings change heading into the final event at the Aloha Classic in Maui. Pare currently sits in 3rd place and within touching distance of the top 2 so with Maui posing conditions not yet seen on the tour this season, it is for sure to offer up the opportunity to take his maiden World Title!
The Aloha Classic, where Marc Pare and Maria Andres both have a shot at their first PWA Poidums takes place from the 23rd October – 3rd November and can be followed here: https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=38&tx_pwaevent_pi1%5BshowUid%5D=348&cHash=36ce8c16a928cc5322fc34f415c27bb2
The PWA Slalom World Cup Japan, where Pierre Mortefon and Marion Mortefon both have a shot at a World Title, takes place from the 10th-14th November and can be followed here: https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=38&tx_pwaevent_pi1%5BshowUid%5D=343&cHash=fa398d029fb70b54b1b9d3c57168a894