The worlds top wave sailors arrived on the island of Sylt in Germany for the
first day of the PWA Jever World Cup. The competitors were greeted by huge crowds
and sunshine but unfortunately no sign of the strong winds that normally blast
the man made beaches of Sylt.
The event has drawn together the best wavesailors in the world who are battling
for the prestigious title of wave performance World Champion. Bjorn Dunkerbeck
(Proof, Pryde) who is currently leading the wave performance rankings was looking
cool, calm and collective at registration, Bjorn is no stranger to Sylt and
has won this contest seven times, he will be hoping for the weather to change
and see the return of the famous Sylt gale force winds. Vidar Jensen (North)
who is currently ranked 2nd in the wave rankings was also looking relaxed and
can¹t wait to get airborne of the huge ramps that normally line up off
the Sylt shoreline.
With the events of the past week in America still causing major travel difficulties,
several of the top sailors have been unable to make it to Germany. Francisco
Goya (Fanatic, Arrows), Josh Stone (JP, Pryde) and Levi Siver (F2, North) were
some of the big names who have been forced to withdraw from the event. This
is a great disappointment to some of their fans here in Germany but everyone
present realises that with the current situation in America it is a credit to
all of the US based sailors, including the Pritchards Matt (AHD, Gaastra)
and current Overall World Champion Kevin (Bic, Gaastra) and Josh Angulo (RRD)
who have made the long trip to come and compete here in Sylt.
This years event is shaping up to be a very important leg of the Tour, the
absence of some of the big names has meant that some of the lower ranked sailors
have an excellent opportunity to climb up the rankings and break into the elusive
top ten slots.
Tomorrows forecast looks like light winds from the east with this weather pattern
staying the same for at least three days, but has everyone knows the weather
in the North Sea is very unpredictable and a gambling man would surely have
to put money on some strong winds at some stage during the contest.