The Köster Show!
For the 6th consecutive year Cold Hawaii produced a perfect arena for the world’s best wave riders to show what they are capable of in the rough North Sea conditions. This means, that Cold Hawaii maintains its unbelieveable 100% quote.
The outstanding sailor during the whole competition was Maui Ultra Fins rider Philip Köster. Philip entered the competition stage right from the beginning, being in the first heat of the single elimination. At this stage Cold Hawaii showed perfect down the line conditions with gusty offshore winds and small but very clean waves with some logo high sets coming through.
Jumping was not the issue in this kind of conditions and only the two best waves were counting to decide the heats. In his heat Philip delivered an excellent display of his waveriding ability with radical vertical hits and wave moves like a perfect goiter which secured Philips place in the second round.
Due to the gusty and unreliable wind conditions heat number 2 had to be cancelled four times in a row, before the fading light set an end to the competition on that day.
The next day was a completely different story, in regard to the prevailing conditions. Cold Hawaii presented howling winds and mast high sets right to the early start of the day with the first heat (still the unfortunate heat number 2) starting at 7:30 am. The judging criteria for the whole day were 2 waves and 1 jump to count.
After a perfect start to his heat against Ricardo Campello in round No 3 with a trademark double forward loop Philip Köster had to change his broken board and struggled a bit with the uncomfortable gear. After a second change of gear Philip found back in the heat and showed perfect wave rides, including frontside and backside 360s and a goiter in the challenging onshore conditions. With at least one perfect double forward in every heat, backed up with excellent wave riding up to the maximum score of 10 points Philip was in a league of his own and claimed the single elimination victory.
During his heats Philip used a twinser setup, consisting of two 17,5cm X-Twin fins.
With continuous firing conditions the double elimination started right after the loosers final of the single elimination.
After some impressive comebacks it all came down to the wire, with the top 4 riders of the single elimination, fighting for a better result in the double. Jaeger Stone was stopped in his tracks by an on from Victor Fernandez who defaeted Jaeger Stone for a second time, after his victory in the loosers final. Thereafter Fernandez took on Marcilio Browne and sailed a perfect heat to claim victory and to go on to face Philip Köster in the final.
Fernandez entered this heat as world tour leader against Philip Köster, who was ranked second at this stage. But Philip once again showed a perfect display of his superiority including an ankle dry double forward and impressive waverides with another perfect backside 360, right in the critical section of the wave. At the end Philip came out as the unbeaten King of Cold Hawaii with his second event victory at this place. And furthermore he took the lead on the world tour with now two event victories and one third place under his belt. So Philip will enter the famous Sylt event as number 1 titel contender in the 2015 wave world tour.
Results of the KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup for the Maui Ultra Fins riders:
1. Philip Köster
9. Robby Swift
13. Florian Jung
25. Marc Paré
25. Lars Petersen
Maui Ultra Fins wishes good luck to all teamriders for the mega event on Sylt.
All images: Carter / pwaworldtour.com