Savage Sylt


have been incredibly challenging, for the PWA World Cup windsurfers at
Sylt, Germany, but today they excelled themselves (we mean the conditions!),
leaving the race committee with a tough call to decide which of the three
disciplines would brave the ever changing North Sea. In the end, the freestyle
guys were the ones that drew the “lucky” card and had to compete
in the ominous waters off the Sylt coast. Head high breaking waves, chop
from all angles, wind that ranged from marginal to howling and the mother
of all shore breaks provided a challenging backdrop.

It was one of those days when the guys who put on the spectacular stuff
the crowed loved, didn’t always please the judges. Crunch time came
when seasoned Estredo duelled with underdog Otaegui in the single elimination
decider. Both sailors kicked off with a healthy quota of moves, but as
the wind dropped it was Otaegui that made the most of the marginal conditions,
waiting for the biggest swells to execute smooth sliding moves, while
Estredo wallowed over last two minutes. With similar conditions predicted
for tomorrow, it looks like another day of classic Sylt action lies ahead.
Pic from John Carter. More here.