Gollito Estredo - Pic by JC/PWA
Top 3 Tati, Gollo & Kiri - Pic by JC/PWA
Gollo & his winning toy - Pic by JC/PWA
Gollito Tow In - Pic by JC/PWA
Max Matissek Tow In - Pic by JC/PWA
Gollito returns to the top and is now the official PWA Freestyle Champ Podersdorf & finished 2nd at the EFPT Tow In!
This years PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf certainly didn’t disappoint, with unbelievable action both on and off the water. Monumental crowds gathered on the shores of Neusiedler See, and they were treated to extreme freestyle action day and night with the Chiemsee tow in event running alongside the PWA event each evening.
Gollito continued his charge to the winners final by knocking out Kiri Thode with an accomplished performance. Bonaire would have a representative in the winners final though, as Taty Frans maintained his impressive form to ruin the reigning world champion’s day. Van Broeckhoven didn’t seem to have quite the same level of pop that is usually associated with him, as he struggled slightly in the underpowered conditions.
The winners’ final consisted of 4x world champion Gollito Estredo and the King of the 2010 Podersdorf event, Taty Frans. Gollito was on fire in the final as he delivered a devastating display of the latest power moves, including an unbelievable flaka shaka flaka. The Venezuelan continued to go from strength-to-strength as the final progressed, and even an air chachoo from Frans couldn’t prevent Gollito from being crowned the champion of the 2012 PWA Surf World Cup.
The result was even more impressive based on the fact that Gollito had broken his wrist in Brazil this winter, enforcing a period of 4 months off the water, only returning to action one month prior to Austria. His intense training in El Yaque clearly paid off as he started the season in unbeatable form, and claimed the maximum points possible as he bids to regain the world title.
Also well done to Yarden Meir, who finished 9th and both Max´s, Christoper Kalk and Paul Boef who are ranked in 17th.
Results after Single Elimination:
1st Jose Gollito Estredo (Fanatic/NorthSails)
2nd Taty Frans (Starboard/MauiSails)
3rd Kiri Thode (Starboard/Gaastra)
4th Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP/NeilPryde)
5th Nicola Akgazciyan (Starboard/Point-7/Maui Ultra Fins)
5th Anthony Ruenes (Tabou/Gaastra)
5th Bjorn Saragoza (Starboard/Hot Sails Maui)
5th Davy Scheffers (Tabou/Gaastra)
9th Yarden Meir (Fanatic/Simmer)
17th Max Rowe (Fanatic/NorthSails)
17th Max Matissek (Fanatic/NorthSails)
17th Christofer Kalk (Fanatic/Gaastra)
17th Paul Boef (Fanatic/Gaastra)
At the European Tow In Event Gollito finished 2nd showing a very perfect funnel into burner. Third rider on the podium is Kiri Thode from Bonaire and first was Steven van Broeckhoven. In 6th place, Max Matissek (North/Fanatic) who was representing Austria went into his run with the whole crowd behind him. After he crashed in his first run, he showed the perfect funnel into funnel which brought him 27,25 points - well done!