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And the winners of the first PWA Islas Canarias Excellence Awards are…

09:45 26th March 2013 by Amy Carter
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The PWA announce the winners of the PWA Islas Canarias Excellence Awards…

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Biggest wave of the year

Winner: Jason Polakow
Runner up: Robby Swift

 

Robby Swift

Robby Swift

Jump of the year

Winner: Robby Swift
Runner up: Ricardo Campello

Best single wave riding move of the year

Winner: Alex Mussolini
Runner up: Victor Fernandez

Freestyle move of the year

Winner: Jacopo Testa
Runner up: Jose Gollito Estredo

Wipe out of the year

Winner: Finn Mullen
Runner up: Bjorn Dunkerbeck

Racing move of the year

Winner: Ben Van Der Steen

Finn Mullen

Finn Mullen

WOMEN

Biggest wave of the year

Winner: Iballa Moreno
Runner up: Justyna Sniady

Jump of the year

Winner: Daida Moreno
Runner up: Daida Moreno

Best single wave riding move of the year

Winner: Iballa Moreno
Runner up: Daida Moreno

Freestyle move of the year

Winner: Sarah-Quita Offringa
Runner up: Arrianne Aukes

Wipe out of the year

Winner: Justyna Sniady
Runner up: Justyna Sniady

PWA sailor of the year

Philip Köster

Honorary Award

Daida Moreno and Andre Paskowski

Photographer of the year

Winner: John Carter
Runner up: Eric Bellande

Short film of the year

Winner: Andre Paskowski, Jose Gollito Estredo
Runner up: KSB Collective, Daida Moreno

Outstanding achievement in Windsurfing Cinematography

Winner: Andre Paskowski for Minds wide open and 4 dimensions
Winner: Camille Juban, Robby Swift, Boujmaa Guilloul, Flo Jung for Don’t let go

The day has finally come and after much deliberation from the panel of judges we are proud to present the winners of the first edition of the Islas Canarias PWA Excellence Awards. First of all our thanks go to our sponsors, the Islas Canarias, which have made these awards possible and we would like to encourage you all to visit any of the islands to enjoy a great windsurfing experience in any of the many spots available.
Crashes, crazy moves, huge waves and an amazing collection of short videos have all been entered in this edition of the Awards. We have seen action from all over the world from PWA riders and amateurs alike. All this varied action goes to show that windsurfing is very much alive and well worldwide and that you can windsurf in all kinds of conditions, from a massive wall of water at Jaws to an inland lake in the middle of nowhere. To see all of the winners and runners up simply click here.

Deciding on the winners in each category has been a difficult and arduous job. Two of the categories which were decided by the PWA panel of judges are: Sailor of the Year and Honorary Award of the Year. The sailor of the year for 2012 goes to Philip Koster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins), for both his performance on the water and the amazing coverage for windsurfing he has generated outside the specialized windsurfing media. The Honorary Award has  joint winners, Daida Moreno (Starboard / Severne) and Andre Paskowski, who have shown a phenomenal amount of strength and courage during this past year, as well as providing us with amazing action, films and general promotion of the sport.

This year we also have another joint winner in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Windsurfing Cinematography, and the award goes to Flo Jung (RRD / Gun Sails / Maui Ultra Fins), for the movie “Don’t let go” and to Andre Paskowski for the movies “4 Dimensions” and “Minds Wide Open”.

Over the next few days we’ll also be releasing more exclusive interviews with some of the inaugural winners of the PWA Islas Canarias Excellence Awards.

You can check the first interviews here.
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