A beautiful location, dreamy conditions and 5 out of 6 days of wind - Croatia certainly delivered! This event was a 2* PWA Slalom Event – not a full counting PWA World Cup in terms of ranking points, but still it was still an opportunity to get valuable time on the race course in some idyllic conditions!


From the team in Israel, representing Team Duotone was Jordy Vonk and Helle Oppedal as well as many national riders looking to make their mark on the World Tour. After a slightly disappointing result in Israel, Jordy was looking to make a comeback and find his footing again in the rankings, meanwhile after the best result of her career, Helle Oppedal was hoping to continue to ride this high and lock in another podium.

After 5 full days of racing, 10 rounds in the men’s slalom and 12 in each of the women’s slalom and foil, Jordy finished in 4th place, missing out on the podium by just 0.3 points, whilst Helle made her 2nd PWA podium in 3 weeks finishing 3rd in the women’s foil!

The event was held at the windsurf centre of the Duotone and Fanatic importer for Croatia – Zoo Station in Bol and from everything we’ve heard sounds like an amazing location! 30°C boardshorts weather with racing right in front of the beach – it’s idyllic. We caught up with both Jordy and Helle to get their impressions of the event…

Helle said “The first three days were VERY windy, the fourth day there was nothing, and the last two days was very light. The wind was always super stable. All in all, a very good event with a lot of sailing. For me the event showed me what I need to work more on, and I’m more motivated than ever to give it my all in the PWA.”


For Jordy – “The conditions were absolutely insane – with super stable and consistent winds we had 5 out of 6 days of racing. 3 days of 7.7 Warp _Fin with medium board and 2 days of foiling with the 8.8 Warp_Foil. Honestly it’s a dream location and this place has all the potential to become a 5* real World Cup next year! Results wise I was satisfied because I was fighting with the top guys and we were quite a long way ahead of the rest of the fleet. After 10 eliminations to finish 0.3 points off the podium totally sucks but I was super consistent all week but I just felt I was missing the edge a little bit – maybe I didn’t take enough risks in the finals. I felt I was sailing well enough for a podium which makes me feel good and confident! After Israel I was a little bit unsure but in Croatia I felt I really showed my place and it was a real shame I didn’t manage to step on the podium. In the end it all came down to the last race where I had to beat Matteo, so I did everything I could in my control but unfortunately I had to have 2 places between us and we finished with only one – so even to the last race it was a really good fight! It was a really good event with amazing organisation from Toni and I really hope next year we will be back there for a full World Cup.”

Congratulations to all of Team Duotone that competed in Croatia!

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