PWA World Cup Bonaire - Day 5

Day 5: Kiri Thode and Sarah-Quita Offringa are officially the King and Queen of the Caribbean

The final day of the PWA Bonaire World Cup provided another fantastic day of freestyle as the second double elimination was completed. With winds lighter than yesterday the majority of sailors reached for their 4.8m² - 5.2m² as they battled it out for the final time this week. Several sailors came storming back through the doubles but in the end no-one could stop Kiri Thode from fighting back to claim victory on his beloved Bonaire. Meanwhile, Sarah-Quita Offringa claimed a throughly deserved victory in the women’s, remaining unbeaten yet again, after a phenomenal display of sailing.




Men’s Double Elimination II - Winners’ Final

Having defeated Steven van Broeckhoven and Amado Vrieswijk, ‘Gollito’ Estredo was the only person standing in the way of Kiri Thode from claiming victory in the double elimination. In the winners’ final, the reigning PWA World Champion dominated against his five-time counterpart to force a super final - after landing huge one-handed air bobs, double culos and air bob culos to name just a few. You name it, the Bonairean landed it.

Men’s Double Elimination II - Super Final

The super final proved to be a much tighter affair as Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo found his form, however the Venezuelan was powerless to stop Thode storming to the top of not only the double elimination, but also the overall event rankings as the Bonairean claimed the first victory of the year. On his way to being crowned the King of Bonaire, Kiri landed more trademark one-handed air bobs, crazy kabikuchis and an amazing one-handed air funnel into burner. Even a broken mast couldn’t stop Thode - thanks to the instant response by his caddy. Gollito pushed Kiri all the way as he also stomped a perfect double culo of his own, stylish skopus and an unbelievable no-handed burner. However, it wasn’t enough for Estredo as Kiri Thode was awarded victory by way of a 2:1 decision.




Amado Vrieswijk claimed his first ever place on the prestigious podium having successfully defeated fellow Bonairean and friend Tonky Frans in the third place sail off.

Davy Scheffers was the main mover in the double elimination, as he recovered from an earlier than expected exit in the single. The Dutchman received a bye past the injured Tony Mottus in the first round before defeating Choko Frans, Quincy Offringa and Hugo de Sousa. Bjorn Saragoza also enjoyed a fine day with his victory over Youp Schmit being the highlight, before Steven Van Broeckhoven proved too strong on this occasion.




Women’s Double Elimination II

Maikke Huvermann fought her way back from 4th place yesterday by winning three heats in a row against Yoli de Brendt, Oda Johanne and Arrianne Aukes to progress into the winners’ final.

Women’s Double Elimination II - Winners’ Final

In the final winners’ final, Sarah-Quita Offringa took on Maikke Huvermann for the second time this week. Maikke had shown amazing consistency in her earlier heats and the sixteen year old produced a fine performance in the final as well. The reigning PWA Youth Freestyle World Champion landed a fantastic repertoire of moves such as flakas on both tacks, faultless puñetas and a text-book funnel, she even came close to landing a switch chachoo. However, SQ was at her brilliant, unbeatable, best yet again as she landed virtually any move she wanted. On her way to a comprehensive event victory, the Queen of Freestyle exploded through fantastic funnels, superb shakas and new school power moves such as regular konos and an outrageous culo.




Bonaire produced four unbelievable days of freestyle out of five and will go down as one of the best freestyle events in the history of the PWA - with the action on the water reaching incomparable heights from what we have seen before. The final day was concluded with a vibrant closing ceremony representing the true culture of the Caribbean.

Overall Results PWA Bonaire World Cup - Freestyle

1st Kiri Thode
2nd
Steven Van Broeckhoven
3rd Amado Vrieswijk
4th
Tonky Frans
5th Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo
6th Dieter van der Eyken
7th
Youp Schmit
8th Anthony Ruenes
9th Bjorn Saragoza
10th
Davy Scheffers




Results After Women’s Single Elimination II - Freestyle

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa
2nd Maikke Huvermann
3rd
Arrianne Aukes
4th Yoli de Brendt
5th Oda Johanne





Day 4: The most radical day of freestyle ever seen on the PWA World Tour



With the wind howling right from the word go for the third day in a row, the second single eliminations began promptly at 9:30 AM. However, the action which followed was like nothing we’ve ever experienced before as the sailors took freestyle to a totally different level. There were several standout performances today, but as always there can only be one winner. Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo achieved his first elimination victory this year with a fantastic display, as Sarah-Quita Offringa continued to prove unbeatable with her third victory in as many eliminations, after a dominant display of sailing.




Men’s Single Elimination II

For the first time this week, Kiri Thode was absent from the winners’ final after a heroic performance from fellow Bonairean Amado Vrieswijk, who qualified for his first ever winners’ final. Heat 23B proved to be one, if not the heat of the day, with both sailors absolutely on fire throughout. Vrieswijk set the tone right from the start as he exploded into a spectacular air kabikuchi - the first one to be landed in competition - before also landing a flawless kabikuchi on the opposite tack and a massive air bob. With just moments left to go Vrieswijk powered inside and unleashed a phenomenal double culo, which proved critical as it was soon revealed that he had successfully defeated the reigning world champion Kiri Thode, who himself landed an incredible array of moves such as a monster shaka into triple flaka, trademark air bobs, a crazy air bob into culo and a super quick kabikuchi, such was the unbelievable level and battle that unfolded.




Men's Single Elimination II - Winners’ Final

Waiting for Amado Vrieswijk in the final was five-time PWA Freestyle World Champion Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo, who was also appearing in his first final of the week. Eighteen year old Amado made the stronger start to the final as he exploded into a perfect culo, one-handed burner and a brilliant air bob into culo, however it wasn’t long until Gollito unleashed his biggest weapons too. Firstly by flying through a big burner into funnel before also landing superb skopus on both tacks and the best of the bunch a double culo. Vrieswijk responded with another flawless kabikuchi, but unfortunately for the young Bonairean, he couldn’t find the kabikuchi or double culo again on starboard tack, which helped defeat Kiri Thode in the previous heat. It was shortly revealed that Gollito had reigned supreme on this occasion as he celebrated his first victory of the year. Today still represents a day Amado Vrieswijk will never forgot as he broke into not only the top four the first time, but also the top two.

After being defeated by his prodigy - Amado Vrieswijk - Kiri Thode was a man on a serious mission in the losers’ final against Tonky Frans. The reigning world champion left nothing to chance in Heat 24 with a truly outstanding display of sailing. On his way to securing third place, Thode landed an amazing air kono and a monstrous air bob into culo. The Bonairean wasn’t done with the killer combos here either as he continued to rip with a perfect spock into kono, grubby into ponch and an outstanding air funnel into burner. Frans stomped several superb moves of his own such as monster culos into spocks and big air bobs, but Thode was in no mood to be beaten twice in one day.




Women’s Single Elimination II

Arrianne Aukes exacted revenge over Maikke Huvermann for yesterday’s defeat, as the PWA Vice-World Champion successfully navigated her way into the winners’ final.

Women’s Single Elimination II - Winners’ Final

The familiar figure of Sarah-Quita Offringa was once again waiting in the final for Arrianne Aukes as the duo prepared for their second battle of the week. Offringa had been at her brilliant best prior to the final and the lady from Aruba continued to excel against the Dutch lady. To open her account, Lady SQ launched herself into a shaka flaka and a text-book switch chachoo. As the heat progressed, the six-time PWA Freestyle World Champion proceeded to dominate by landing a regular kono and a brilliant burner. Aukes tried to reply with a smooth puneta, spock and stylish double flaka, before pulling out all the stops with a culo attempt. However, she was powerless from stopping Offringa claiming another hugely impressive victory.

Oda Johanne also enjoyed her best day to date on the PWA Freestyle World Tour as she claimed her first ever top three result. In the losers’ final, Johanne was able to defeat Maikke Huvermann as the Norwegian pulled out all the stops. The twenty-five year old stomped her full repertoire of tricks to prevail, from superb shakas to switch konos and a stylish one-handed funnel.




With another brilliant forecast for tomorrow the skippers’ meeting shall be held at 9 AM again with the action commencing from 9:30 AM, on what promises to be an epic final day. Don’t miss any of the insane action by tuning to PWA World Tour where you’ll be able to follow the action as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker.

Results After Men’s Single Elimination II - Freestyle

1st Kiri Thode
2nd
Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo
3rd Amado Vrieswijk
4th
Tonky Frans
5th Steven van Broeckhoven

Results After Women’s Single Elimination II- Freestyle

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa
2nd
Arrianne Aukes
3rd Maikke Huvermann
4th Oda Johanne
5th
Yoli de Brendt




Day 3: Sarah-Quita Offringa and Kiri Thode remain unbeaten as a new star emerges



Bonaire delivered the goods again for the second day in a row on Day 3 of the PWA Bonaire World Cup. The wind was slightly lighter than yesterday, but that didn’t stop the freestylers delivering another enthralling display in the freestyle paradise that is Bonaire. After eight hours of unbelievable action Kiri Thode and Sarah-Quita Offringa successfully defended their single elimination crowns, as a new star emerged in the women’s fleet.




Men’s Double Elimination - Winners’ Final

Having successfully defeated Tonky Frans, Steven van Broeckhoven once again faced Kiri Thode in the winner’s final. The duo were almost inseparable yesterday and today proved no different as they pushed the limits of not only themselves, but freestyle as well. SVB made the better start to the final as he out performed Thode’s opening moves. Firstly the Belgian maestro unleashed a stunning spock culo before adding a perfect future. After a slow, start by his standards, Thode then returned with a vengeance as he exploded into a trademark air bob into spock and a double popped shaka into flaka. However, van Broeckhoven instantly transferred the pressure back onto his rival with an incredible kabikuchi. Having seen this, Thode responded with a brilliant kabikuchi of his own as the duo continued their furious battle. In the end, Thode edged ahead as he landed two killer combos - a spock into culo and the best of the bunch a simply amazing air bob into culo. Before long it was confirmed that Thode had successfully defeated van Broeckhoven to remain the current King of Bonaire.




Amado Vrieswijk proved again today why he is one of the most exciting talents on the PWA World Tour. The Bonairean produced several superb heats as he combined his unique island style with stunning combinations to secure fifth place in the double elimination. Vrieswijk won three heats in a row as he first defeated Taty Frans, before taking the scalp of five-time PWA World Champion Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo, in what proved to be one of the heats of the day. On his way to victory, Amado Vrieswijk was able to land double culos, kabikuchis and monster air bobs. The outcome was a close call, but with Gollito missing a move on starboard tack, Vrieswijk deservedly advanced. The eighteen year old then defeated Dieter van der Eyken, before fellow Bonairean Youp Schmit stopped him in his tracks.

Earlier in the day Davy Scheffers accumulated the highest scores of the day thus far in Heat 38A with a superlative display. In the lighter winds and flat water, the Dutchman truly excelled as he landed a stylish one-handed air funnel into funnel and a one-handed double bob. Taty Frans then took things up a notch in Heat 41A as he earned the next highest scores by landing double spocks, a burner into funnel and a sick cana brava into clew-first spock.




Women’s Double Elimination - Winners’ Final

Maikke Huvermann qualified for her first appearance in a winners’ final after taking down the current PWA Freestyle Vice-World Champion Arrianne Aukes in a hugely impressive display. Waiting for her was the ominous figure of Sarah-Quita Offringa, as always. The sixteen year old made a strong start to the heat, sliding through a perfect spock, but Offringa came flying out of the starting blocks as she exploded into a quick double flaka and a text-book funnel. Huvermann soon shook off any nerves to demonstrate the kind of form that had earned her a place in the final as she landed smooth flakas on both tacks, a superb funnel and a grubby diablo. However, Offringa was in untouchable form again today and only got stronger as the heat progressed. From flawless bobs on both sides, to sick shakas and a massive culo, the Queen of Freestyle remained in a league of her own, for now at least.




A Star For The Future

Maikke Huvermann was the standout sailor today as she fought her way back through the double elimination. En route to her first ever final the Dutch girl dispatched of several big names, firstly Olya Raskina, Oda Johanne and Yoli de Brendt before claiming the biggest victory of her career to date against Arrianne Aukes. Huvermann showed all the qualities - consistency, variation and style - required to be hugely successful and is only going to progress as a sailor from there on, making her not only a talent to keep a careful eye on over the remainder of the event, but also for years to come.

The forecast looks even better for tomorrow with stronger winds being predicted for the entire day, meaning the second single elimination should be completed. The skippers’ meeting has once again been called for 9 AM with the action commencing from 9:30 AM. Don’t miss any of the insane action by tuning into PWA World Tour where you’ll be able to follow the action as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker.




Results Men’s Double Elimination - Freestyle

1st Kiri Thode
2nd
Steven Van Broeckhoven
3rd Tonky Frans
4th Youp Schmit
5th Amado Vrieswijk

Results Women’s Double Elimination - Freestyle

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa
2nd Maikke Huvermann
3rd
Arrianne Aukes
4th Yoli de Brendt
5th Oda Johanne




Day 2: Kiri Thode and Sarah-Quita Offringa shine after a sensational day of freestyle



The forecast and the paradise island of Bonaire certainly delivered on the second day of the PWA Bonaire World Cup as the single elimination for both the men’s and women’s divisions was completed in idyllic freestyle conditions. The level on the water today was off the scale as every sailor pushed themselves to the limit in order to try and defeat their rivals. After a scintillating day of sailing it was eventually the reigning PWA Freestyle World Champions Kiri Thode and Sarah-Quita Offringa, who came out on top, as Thode showed why he’s not only the King of Bonaire, but also the current King of the world, whilst SQ did exactly the same with a flawless performance.




Men’s Single Elimination - Winners’ Final

After a hard fought battle Kiri Thode and Steven van Broeckhoven eventually earned their places in the first winners’ final of the year. It turned out to be a heat that was almost too close to call, but as always there has to be one winner. Thode and Van Broeckhoven had been on form the whole day, and that continued into the final, although Thode later admitted he wasn’t 100% happy with his performance. The Bonairean opened the spectacle of the day with a great air bob into culo, only to see the Belgian maestro respond instantly with a superb double culo. With the tone now firmly set, things only got better from here as the duo went toe-to-toe for the first blood of the season. As the end of the heat approached both Kiri Thode and Steven van Broeckhoven had landed incredible manoeuvres and combos such as perfect kabikuchis and text-book spock-culos, but the best was definitely saved until last. With moments to go Van Broeckhoven went all out for the win as he landed - what some sailors considered the move of the day - an incredible air funnel into burner, landed perfectly dry. However, in true world champion fashion Thode dug deep, whilst staying cool under pressure to stomp an outrageous double culo seconds before the final buzzer. After much deliberation, it was eventually revealed that Thode had just edged the battle as he claimed the first victory of the season by way of a 3-2 decision.




Entering Untouched Territory

Today, local boy Youp Schmit progressed into untouched territory as he not only claimed the biggest scalp of his life, but he also fought his way into the top four for the first time ever. In Heat 21B Schmit faced the formidable figure of five-time PWA Freestyle World Champion Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo, in what would be one of the heats of the day. On his home waters, and cheered on by the locals, Schmit found another level as he delivered a simply outstanding display, but still the two sailors were almost inseparable. Schmit landed a radical air bob to begin with before also stomping a double culo and a superb kabikuchi. However, the best was still to come as Schmit unleashed an unbelievable shuvit spock into culo on the inside - the first ever in a PWA competition. Having sailed out of his skin, a nervous Schmit awaited the result on the beach and he was visibly overjoyed when it was confirmed that he had defeated Gollito by way of a 2:1 decision in his favour. Gollito was extremely upset with the decision having landed spock culos on both tacks, a double culo - although not as clean as Schmit’s - and a huge culo. However, the Venezuelan, who finished the single elimination in joint fifth alongside Dieter van der Eyken, Anthony Ruenes and Amado Vrieswijk - who was suffering from a bout of food poisoning, will now have to wait until the double elimination to exact revenge.




Close Calls

In Heat 12, Bjorn Saragoza just missed out on a place in the top five after pushing Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo all the way. Gollito looked as though he was in command of the heat at the start, but the Bonairean soon found his form, unfortunately for him, Saragoza found himself on the wrong end of a 2:1 split decision. There was also an extremely close call in Heat 14 as Julien Mas just edged his battle against Max Rowe, whilst fellow Brit Andy ‘Bubble’ Chambers pushed Saragoza all the way in Heat 10.

Women’s Single Elimination - Winners’ Final

The first women’s first winners final of 2014 saw last year’s top two - Sarah-Quita Offringa and Arrianne Aukes - lining up against each other once more. Offringa had been in imperious earlier in the day and the lady from Aruba proved exactly why she has 6 PWA Freestyle World Championships to her name by the end of the heat. Offringa kicked off the final with a text-book air flaka, before quickly adding a shaka flaka and a sick regular kono to instantly pile the pressure on Aukes. The Dutch freestyle specialist endured a tricky start to the final, but soon worked her way back into contention as she landed a flawless puneta followed by a perfectly executed double flaka. With her confidence now growing Aukes laid down a trademark one-handed funnel to keep the contest well and truly alive. However, at this point Offringa took things to a whole nother level, firstly by tweaking a shuvit spock 540 before also landing a simply perfect double spock and an explosive culo. With nothing to lose, but everything to gain Aukes attempted to respond with a regular kono of her own, but it wasn’t to be as SQ claimed her first victory of the season, whilst protecting her unbeaten record, for the time being at least.




Elsewhere in the single elimination Yoli de Brendt called upon all of her competition experience to keep Oda Johanne at bay, as the Venezuelan claimed the final place on the podium with a fine display.

Prior to the finals Maikke Huvermann was the standout sailor as she produced a fantastic performance to dispatch of Fleur van der Burgh, before pushing Arrianne Aukes all the way. The sixteen year old was crowned the PWA Youth Freestyle World Champion in 2013, but she has clearly taken her sailing to another level this year, not only with greater consistency but also new moves. In her opening heat Huvermann wowed the crowds and made everyone standup and take notice as she landed stylish spocks, flakas, e-sliders, punetas and funnels, to prove she is one to watch.

Results Men’s Single Elimination - Freestyle

1st Kiri Thode
2nd
Steven Van Broeckhoven
3rd Tonky Frans
4th Youp Schmit
5th Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo
5th Dieter van der Eyken
5th
Anthony Ruenes
5th Amado Vrieswijk

Results Women’s Single Elimination - Freestyle

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa
2nd
Arrianne Aukes
3rd Yoli de Brendt
4th Oda Johanne
5th
Maeli Cherel
5th Maikke Huvermann





Day 1: A relaxed opening day before the spectacular action begins tomorrow



The inaugural day of the PWA Bonaire World Cup started with a relaxed Caribbean vibe as light winds prevailed on Day 1. The sailors registered for the upcoming competition between 10 AM and 12 PM before enjoying a leisurely afternoon watching the FIFA World Cup ahead of tomorrow, when Bonaire should burst into life as the wind arrives and the freestylers prepare to deliver a spectacular show.

The excitement surrounding the event is continuing to grow and the sailors are pumped up to start competing again after a long winter break. It should make for a mouthwatering competition.

Throughout the day we caught up with a few sailors to find out their thoughts ahead of the contest.




Local boy Taty Frans gave his predictions for the top contenders here in Bonaire earlier in the day:

“I think the top contenders will be ‘Gollito’ Estredo, Steven van Broeckhoven, Kiri is sailing really sick, Tonky, Amado and me.”

The forecast for tomorrow looks fantastic with strong winds being predicted, with this in mind the skippers’ meeting has been called for 10 AM tomorrow morning with the action commencing from 10:30 AM. Don’t miss any of the incredible action by tuning into PWA World Tour where you’ll be able to follow everything as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker.





- Text and pictures are courtesy of John Carter / PWA World Tour -