15/05/2019 – The 2019 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup saw 3 deleting Foil for men and 7 detector for the supplemented women in conditions of 3-11 knots of wind. Eventually, Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui / Starboard Foil) and Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) maintain their perfect start to the season since after their respective victories in France you are also guaranteed the top spots on the podium in Japan – which means that both the men's and women's Foil World Cup tour PWA & Slalom.
Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui / Starboard Foil) ending the week with a perfect score of 3,5 points to claim the first victory of the event for women. The 3 PWA Slalom world champion recorded 5 victories in 7 Deletes completed while she finished in second place in the other two races.
Delphine Cousin Questel after winning first PWA World Cup women's Foil: “I'm super excited to win the first event. Before I came to Japan I wasn't sure to 100% the level of all the other girls, so even though I had already sailed with Navy [Alabau] and Blanca [Alabau] and I knew I had a good level is always hard to know where everyone is after winter.
Overall I am very happy with my race this week and it was a very exciting race for me with many battles close-ups. I like this new discipline – the foil – and now I hope in good racing conditions in South Korea. “
There was a great interest in the first event of women's foil, with Marina Alabau (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil) and Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil) aligned against the rest of the PWA fleet. However, After a first day very uniform, which saw Marina Alabau tied in points with Cousin Questel, Olympic champion 2012 could not deliver another major blow and left Japan with second place.
Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) She sailed in an extremely significant to merit the last spot on the podium. In 7 Deletes completed Mortefon recorded two second places, four third places and a fourth place.
Meanwhile, Blanca Alabau ends 4th ahead of 17-year-old Helle Oppedal (Fanatic / Duotone).
At the beginning of the new season the best result for Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) foil was a sixth place, However, After a winter of hard work and development, the French records its first win in this relatively new discipline – which means that there were 5 several winners of the last 5 foil events. The start of the season of Mortefon couldn't be better and moves away from Japan, driving both the Foil Slalom PWA World Tours.
Pierre Mortefon, who won the last 3 events of the PWA World Tour – Slalom Sylt 2018, Slalom Marignane, Foiling Japan: “It was pretty crazy having won the last 3 events – is really amazing. I did not expect this – particularly in Foil, but I worked hard this winter with all my fellow foil, sail and Board and I think we have succeeded in developing a super balanced combination that's working well together.
Throughout the week, I tried to surf without complicating things aren't running too much risk at the start and at the finish, etc. In General, I think I may have been paid off and I'm really happy with this. Now be ahead in Slalom and Foil will make things difficult in the coming events, but I am very happy with this! “
As Mortefon, even Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails / Starboard Foil) He made a great start to the season, with the German who has finished on the podium in Marignane and with a second place here in Japan.
Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Phantom Foils / Phantom Foils) He closed last year at the 4th place and the French made a great start to the season here with a 3° place, which means that now has earned two consecutive podiums in the Foil after it finished 3rd year in Sylt.
Cousin is one of the riders who could benefit most from the completion of the fourth elimination, but unfortunately the wind the last day was not on his side. The athlete who will be most disappointed we didn't get the scrap is Thomas Goyard (FMX Racing / Phantom Foils), who won the deletions 2 and 3, but he had a 32nd in the first race after a jump start.
The athlete RSX Kiran Badloe (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil) He will be forced to regret his false start in Elimination 3, that saw him lose his head and drop to 12° spot.
The Dane Sebastian Kornum begins the season with his best result since September 2017 – 4°, While the top ten is completed by Nicolas Goyard (Tabou / GA Sails / Phantom Foils), He won an elimination – 5° – Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) – 6° – Matthew Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses / Starboard Foil) – 7° – Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde) – 8° – and Nicolas Prien (JP / NeilPryde) in 9°.
Four of the top 10 last season they lost their place in the top 10 the first event of the season – the most important is the world champion – Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil), ending 17°, as well as Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde), Julian Bontemps (JP / NeilPryde) and Antoine Questel (I-99 / S2Maui / Starboard Foil).
Unfortunately, This time it was not possible to get a male or female Slalom results.
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