Posts Tagged ‘Sylt’

Kiri Thode has been crowned the 2013 PWA Freestyle World Tour champion

October 9, 2013

Kiri Thode, NB61, is undeniably, the 2013 PWA Freestyle World Champion. Hailing from the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire, Kiri recently dominated in his heats while competing in Sylt Germany. The final stop of the PWA Freestyle Tour, Sylt’s conditions are cold and fierce. Kiri prevailed and won top honors.

I met this windsurf rock star in 2001.This windsurf athlete exemplifies grit and resilience. Hard work pays off. Also, having an entire island supporting and loving and believing in you helps to the end. But, this is not the end for Kiri. He will be seen on future windsurf podiums. Kiri represents windsurf brilliance.

Kiri’s training grounds are at windy Lac Bay. To learn more about Kiri and Bonaire’s awesome windsurf training grounds, contact Ann Phelan at Ann is a former event coordinator for over 6 PWA freestyle event. When she’s not booking trips, she’s on the water windsurfing.


PWA Bliss

October 8, 2009

Bonaire Rock Stars - Photo Courtesy of Sara Quita

Bonaire Rock Stars - Photo Courtesy of Sara Quita

Colgate World Cup Sylt

The setting was chilly brisk Westerland Beach in Sylt Germany. Windsurf pros have long flocked to the windy cold shores of Sylt to compete for the final PWA event of each season. Full suits and small sails are usually the order of the day. Early on Sylt lacked the wind needed for a successful event but on day 3 it went off. Duncan Combs head judge called for single and double ladder eliminations. Bonaire was up. The one to watch was Gollito, last years Venezuelan. No stranger to Bonaire, Gollito is a crowd favorite hailing from El Yaque. Team Bonaire made it to the semi throwing Shakas and Back Loops. Kiri bested his team mate Nicolas French rival Akgazciyan who also rides for Starboard. Next he was up against Tonky in Single Ladder Eliminations. In the finals it was Taty against Kiri. The winner after scoring higher points in a very close heat was Taty Frans. 1,2,3, Bonaire dominates Sylt.


Men’s Freestyle

1st Elton ‘Taty’ Frans (Starboard, MauiSails)

2nd Kiri Thode (Starboard, Gaastra)

3rd Everon ‘Tonky’ Frans (F2, Gaastra)

4th Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic, North)

5th Nicolas Akgazciyan (Starboard, Gun Sails)

Taty and Kiri Photo Courtesy of Sara Quita

Taty and Kiri Photo Courtesy of Sara Quita