On the last day of Marignane PWA World Cup of 2019 has provided another stern test of patience organizers and riders, but eventually their perseverance was rewarded as the results were obtained in a decisive manner in the fleets for both men and women after a long day on the water. In fact, Since the wind was so inconsistent, were enough 6 detailed hours to complete only 8 batteries. The end result will prove extremely popular to the crowd home with local heroes Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) and Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins) who won the first place on the podium in the first event of the year – giving them the early season title race.
The reigning world champion – Delphine Cousin Questel – He led from start to finish in the finals of the winners, making the perfect start to the season. The 3 World Champion hasn't made a mistake during the event and deserves the title of champion, which means it extends its winning run to 5 consecutive events and could prove a tough woman to stop on the basis of this provision.
Delphine Cousin Questel: “It was a condition super hard with the wind so strong. I was either overpowered or underpowered. It was hard to be with the right attrezzatua. Shortly before the final, I went to 7,7 m to the 7.0 and I made a good start. After the first mark I only aimed to control from the front. I'm super excited to win the first event of the season, It was a week long and stressful. It is always difficult to compete in an event with only one race, but it is what it is, I think we were extremely unlucky because every time I've been here was very windy. I'm happy for the organization that we get a result at the end and thanks to Delphine for making the event possible “.
Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone) He went after Cousin Questel, but failed to get a decisive blow, However, the 27-year-old will still be glad to have equalled his best result from Turkey 2015 – 2° – and it is in high position forward.
Oda Johanne Brødholt (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra-bright Fins), that concluded 3° in Freestyle in Bonaire, claiming his first slalom podium here in Marignane after producing a fantastic performance to hold off Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails) and Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins), 4° and 5° respectively ending place.
Before the final, the riders were presented with a bet on which equipment to use. For Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde), Finian Maynard (FMX Racing) and Julien Quentel (Patrik / Gun Sails) has repaid have more material’ big as they were overpowered during the finale. However, for Pierre Mortefon and Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails), their gamble was rewarded with victory and a 3° place with as much control which proved crucial in the fight to the finish.
Mortefon and Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) they lived a great battle in the finals of the winners, that in the end and’ completed only the third time. On the first try, Malte Reuscher (Tabou / GA Sails) He was disqualified for a premature start, While Bruno Martini (I-99 / Challenger Sails) He suffered the same fate in the next attempt with the sailors that they pushed away knowing that this was the final to decide the General rankings of events.
Albeau and’ the first to arrive at the first mark – a position from which he rarely gets caught. However, with the resumption of the wind just before the start of the final, AA was overwhelmed by his 8,6 M2. Mortefon, that changed shortly before the start of the final for 7,7 and the media, and’ managed to take the lead until the end for a perfect start to the season.
Pierre Mortefon: “I'm so happy, It's been a long week and a long day, so it wasn't easy conditions. The Organization of the PWA has done an extraordinary job – they took the right decisions, They pushed and we managed to get the result: It is a perfect start to the season with a win in France – can't get any better!”
Albeau played relatively safe on the rest of the way to ensure that you have not jeopardized his second place, which is a good start to the season, especially after changing sponsor to the table late in the closed season. However, now he knows to be competitive again, will again be excited for another title challenge while applying for the world title n. 25.
The podium here in Marignane is completed by Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails) with the German sailing brilliantly in difficult conditions to earn his best Slalom result since September 2016. Kördel endured a difficult season last year and are pleased to have made a positive start to the new year.
N° 4 last year's world – Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone) – begins the season with a solid 4th place here in France, While Finian Maynard (FMX Racing) ranks 5° ahead of Julien Quentel (Patrik / Gun Sails) 6°, Bruno Martini 7° and 8° Reuscher Mortars.
Andrea Ferin (Challenger Sails, AL360, I-99) 21MO, Andrea Rosati (RRD, RRD) 25MO, Matthew Iachino (Starboard, Severne Sails, Shamal Sunglasses) 25MO, Francesco Scagliola (Patrik, MaverX, P7) 37MO,
Andrea Cucchi (Starboard, Point 7) 57MO.
After a long day on the water, the winners were presented before the crowd at 18:00 during the closing ceremonies!
Result 2019 Marignane PWA World Cup – Women's Slalom
1St Delphine Cousin Questel (BETWEEN – Starboard / S2Maui)
2nd Marion Mortefon (BETWEEN – Fanatic / Duotone)
3Oda Brødholt Rd (NOR – Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra-bright Fins)
4th Maëlle Guilbaud (BETWEEN – Patrik / Loftsails)
5th Lena Erdil (TUR – Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins)
6th Esther de Geus (NED – Fanatic / Duotone)
7th Lilou Granier (BETWEEN – Starboard / Phantom Sails)
8th Nimet Tulumen (TUR – Tabou / GA Sails)
Result 2019 Marignane PWA World Cup – Men’s Slalom
1St Pierre Mortefon (BETWEEN – Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)
2nd Antoine Albeau (BETWEEN – JP / NeilPryde)
3Rd Sebastian Koerdel (GER – Tabou / GA Sails)
4th Jordy Vonk (NED – Fanatic / Duotone)
5th Finian Maynard (KV – FMX Racing)
6th Quentel Julien (SXM – Patrik / Gun Sails)
7th Bruno Martini (ITA – I-99 / Challenger Sails)
8th Reuscher Mortars (GER – Tabou / GA Sails)
9th Mateus Isaac (BRA – JP / NeilPryde)
10th Marco Lang (AUT – Fanatic / Duotone)
photo: Souville (c) PWA
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