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    Podersdorf EFPT/PWA freestyle, 2012

    The first freestyle event of the PWA season begins this week (on Friday) at Podersdorf, Austria, and runs for ten days – but they kick off with the tow-in* event organised by the EFPT tour.

    *Note that this is the correct spelling and indeed the more interesting use of the term 'tow-in'.

    Here's the link to EFPT details:

    And here's the link to the PWA event details so far:

    There are four Brits competing in the PWA freestyle, Bubble, Adam Sims, Max Rowe, and Phil Richards.

    The dates for these events are the same and I think the deal is the tow in goes ahead in the daytime if there's no wind.
    If there is wind then the tow in will happen as an evening show or after the freestyle heats are over.

    Here's the windguru forecast for Podersdorf (Neusiedlersee). Not too good at this stage but that could easily change.
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    Here's a link to the event site – with the running schedule, including the other sports competing at this watersports festival.
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  3. #3
    As a warm up to Podersdorf, EFPT have posted a nice little video from a tow-in event from last year:

    Late edit:
    And while we're on tow-in, here's the Sylt tow-in footage, recently edited down by Andre Paskowski.:

    (Thanks to Boardseeker for the heads up on this one).
    Last edited by basher; 25th April 2012 at 11:08 AM.
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  4. #4
    Looks like the Podersdorf forecast has improved for the weekend but not for Friday.

    And the sailors are now gathering:

    maxrowek20 Arrived in Sunny Podersdorf! Easy jet was easy in the end!! No wind but getting sunburnt.
    about 1 hour ago reply retweet
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  5. #5
    From Facebook:

    Today at 12.00 o'clock the skippers meeting for the tow in event was held by race officer and head judge Tom Hartmann. He announced the starter list, together with the first ten riders who are going to compete in the first qualification round at 8.30 this night.

    That's for the tow-in event.
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  6. #6
    And here is the PWA press release, event preview:

    27.04.2012 - by: Chris Yates
    Surf World Cup Podersdorf

    The cream of the crop of the men’s freestyle fleet will once again descend upon Austria’s famed Neusiedler See for the opening event of the 2012 freestyle world tour. From the 27th April to the 1st May the contortionists of the windsurfing world will be congregating on the shores of Neusiedler See, to show off all their latest moves after their winter training and to launch the 2012 freestyle season off to an explosive start.

    Neusiedler See is unique as the only inland stop on the PWA tour. It is also truly unpredictable as it can offer anything from freezing 40 knot winds, combined with torrential rain, to weather more associated with the Mediterranean and idyllic breezes. One thing is for sure though, this event rarely disappoints.

    What’s The Deal?

    A five day freestyle extravaganza, which will witness the finest world class freestylers going head-to-head for a share of the €35,000 prize purse, and the all-important world tour points at the beginning of the season.

    One’s To Watch

    Reigning world champion Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde) will be the man to beat. Fresh back from his winter training in South Africa and Maui, it is clear that Van Broeckhoven hasn’t rested on his laurels. He’s added a whole repertoire of refinements to his freestyle artillery in order to make a successful defense of his title. The Belgium maestro can be seen throwing double burners, no handed culos and even double forwards in his latest video prior to the opening event of the year. Everyone will still be waiting to see how he has adapted to his new JP and NeilPryde equipment, but early impressions would seem to suggest that he is continuing to push the boundaries of freestyle.

    Still considered the King of freestyle by many and with four world titles to his name already, Jose “Gollito” Estredo (Fanatic / North) will be hungry to add a fifth. After a disappointing season last year, by his standards, which saw Gollito finish third, he’ll be keen to set the record straight. After breaking his wrist in Brazil, Gollito has been training in his home spot, El Yaque, and he is looking in formidable form for the start of the season.

    The Bonaire crew consisting of: - Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra), Tonky Frans (Tabou / Gaastra) and Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) offer a unique style, which often attracts the attention of the judges and pleases the crowds. These guys are always pushing for podium places and we expect it to be no different this year.

    The young, radical Dutchman Davy Scheffers (Tabou / Gaastra) enjoyed his best year on tour to date in 2011, which saw him claim fifth place. Scheffers performed brilliantly here last year, and he is used to the array of conditions Podersdorf produces, so he should be expected to do well no matter what the weather delivers.

    Other riders to look out for in the season ahead include, Dieter Van Der Eyken (Starboard / Severne). He spent his winter training in Western Australia and is feared by many of his fellow sailors. On his day he is more than capable of shooting down any of the big guns. Wild Israeli Yarden Meir (Fanatic / Simmer Style / Maui Ultra Fins) is known for his go big or go home attitude, and this definitely makes him one to watch. The super consistent Canadian Phil Soltysiak (Starboard / Sailworks) has all the latest power moves to match the top guys, expect to see him pushing for the top ten.

    The freestyle world tour is extremely competitive, and as a result there are a whole host of sailors who are capable of making it to the top and this season promises to be more competitive than ever. With the top guys throwing increasingly bigger and more powerful moves each than any previous year, you can be sure that Podersdorf 2012 will be a spectacular event - not only on the water but off it too with its world renowned parties!

    Scope The Action

    For information on all the entrants, and to keep up to date with every piece of the action, navigate to
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  7. #7
    I've not been around today, but here was the the live ticker stuff from earlier:
    They had no wind today but the tow in stuff goes ahead this evening, from 7.30pm UK time;

    18:00 Make sure you tune in from 8:30 as we'll have live updates for the tow in event.

    17:15 A relaxed opening day here at the PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf. That's the end of the live ticker for today. The skippers meeting will be at 9am tomorrow morning, and the first possible start will be 9:30.

    16:30 The last call of the day will be made a 5pm.

    16:00 Still not much in the way of wind today. But the event site looks awesome and there's plenty going on.

    15:00 A lot of people are taking the opportunity to try out Stand Up Paddle boarding whilst the winds remain light.

    14:10 We've had no change in the conditions here, it is super hot though, with barely a cloud in the sky. Next announcement will be at 15:00.

    13:00 We are going to have another announcement at 14:00, with first possible start being 14:30.

    12:35 Plenty going on around the event, with a selection of music and it is slowly getting busier. Not much in the way of wind though.

    12:00 Chilled out start to the event in Podersdorf with awesome weather. Guaranteed some action later with the tow in at 8pm tonight.

    Hello, welcome to the PWA Surf World Cup. The sailors will be registering between 10-11am, before the skippers meeting at 12:00. First possible start will be 12:30. Stay tuned for more updates shortly.
    Last edited by basher; 27th April 2012 at 06:58 PM. Reason: Got time wrong!
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