Verbier, Switzerland – April 2, 2018 – Three world champion titles open for the taking on the legendary Swiss freeride venue, Bec des Rosses set-up a dramatic FWT grand finale in Verbier today where four new riders were crowned world champion. With Kristofer Turdell (SWE-DNS) having already claimed the FWT title with his result in Austria, the male skiers were charging hard to fill the remaining top two overall podium spots and the Xtreme Verbier win. Mickael Bimboes (FRA-1st Place) was the man to beat today with two massive airs and fast big mountain riding, which earned him his first win on the Bec des Rosses and a 3rd place overall finish for the 2018 season.
Rookie, Craig Murray (NZL-2nd Place) wowed judges and spectators with a very creative and critical line that featured two huge styly 360s, landing him in the 2nd podium position. Markus Eder (ITA-3rd Place) took home his first Xtreme Verbier and FWT overall podiums today, finishing in 2nd place for the season thanks to his trademark committed, fluid and creative style. ”Of course it feels really good to take home the title today. What was even better is that I already secured it before the finals, since i got injured. This is something I worked for for three years, and that makes it even more special.”, says Kristofer Turdell.
Xtreme Verbier top 3 podium - Ski Men
1. Mickael Bimboes (FRA)
2. Craig Murray (NZL)
3. Markus Eder (ITA)
FWT 2018 overall raking
1. Kristofer Turdell (SWE)
2. Markus Eder (ITA)
3. Mickael Bimboes (FRA)
Established in 2007, the Extreme Sailing Series is the original Stadium Racing sailing circuit designed for spectators, delivering high-performance action close to shore and putting viewers at the heart of the battle. Thanks to technological innovation, the Series is at the forefront of the digital revolution in sailing. Attracting some of the world’s top sailors, the global circuit spans 8 events at the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The thrilling finals of the Series will be held at Los Cabos, Mexico, from November 30 to December 3, 2017.
The “Digital Revolution” has reached the sports of sailing, advanced equipment aids the crews: SAP, Official Technical Partner of the Series since 2012, provides cutting-edge business software and analytics solutions to deliver an unprecedented sailing experience to sailors, spectators and the media. They offer fans and broadcasters insights to enable them to decipher exactly what is happening on the water through the use of live leader boards and 3D and 2D visualizations providing charts and data about wind, speeds, distances, cross-track errors and time gaps of all competitors in real-time. Post-race, SAP provides teams with tools to analyse their performance and optimize their strategy helping them sail like never before. The Series has become even more spectacular since introducing a new weapon of choice in 2016, the state-of-the-art hydro-foiling GC32 catamaran. These ultra-light, ultra-responsive watercraft can reach speeds of up to 39 knots. Their magic lies in their unique J-foils which work much like an airplane wing to lift the hulls out of the water, reducing drag and rapidly increasing speed. This makes for a magnificent spectacle for everyone watching and a physical balancing act for the crews who have to work hard trimming the sails to keep their boat in the air.
Mexico and Los Cabos host the Extreme Sailing Series for the first time ever. Located at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, the venue is known as ‘Land’s End’. Lying in-between the areas that receive the major weather systems, Baja is blessed with beautiful weather almost all year round. Los Cabos, Mexico’s fastest growing resort, boasts miles of deserted beaches along with numerous attractions including whale watching, hang-gliding, snorkeling, antiquing, golf and fishing. A stunning venue for this amazing watersports series!
The adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship is truly unique as it brings together athletes from all the individual kayaking disciplines, extreme expedition paddlers, freestylers and Olympic slalom kayakers, to compete against one another on a world class stretch of whitewater. For the 10th anniversary edition almost all of the previous World Champions were at the start line, except for Joe Morley (2013/2014) und Sandra Hyslop (2016). And all of these six previous World Champions, namely Thilo Schmitt (2008), Alexander Grimm (2009), Sam Sutton (2010-2012), Gerd Serrasolses (2015), Aniol Serrasolses (2016) and Mariann Saether (2015), qualified for the actual World Championship battle on the 280-metre long Wellerbrücke race course, on which only the top 52 men and top 8 women are allowed to compete.
Results Top 5 Men:
1. Sam Sutton (NZL)
2. Aniol Serrasolses (ESP)
3. Alexander Grimm (GER)
4. Dane Jackson (USA)
5. Mike Dawson (NZL)
Results Top 5 Women
1. Nouria Newman (FRA)
2. Martina Wegman (NED)
3. Jennifer Chrimes (GBR)
4. Anne Hübner (GER)
5. Marieke Vogt (AUT)
To win a rowing race the most important thing for rowers is to connect all together in one big movement. Only when all athletes row synchronized with perfect strokes the team has the chance to finish in first place. But what is the “perfect stroke”? The clip is going to answer all your questions.
Greg Searle (GBR): “I say within rowing there´s properly three things that make the boat go fast. One is, do you row a long stroke? So you move the boat a long way, each stroke. The second thing is, do you pull hard? And if you pull hard the boat will go further of each one of those strokes. The third element is, how many stroked do you do per minute? If you do more strokes and they´re still strong strokes and they´re still long strokes the boat will go faster. The problem is, sometimes you push one of these things on and the other one goes down. So the real art with rowing is to row long, to row strong and then take more strokes and then be efficient and be together, so the boat keeps moving forwards.”
Jack O’Neill, surfer, ocean lover, wetsuit pioneer, boating enthusiast, and founder of the iconic surf company O’Neill, recently passed away in Santa Cruz, California, of natural causes at the age of 94. Through the invention of the wetsuit and his passion, the legendary waterman changed the face of surfing forever.
In celebration of the life of Jack O’Neill, his company O’Neill invited watermen all over the globe to join collective paddle-outs on Sunday, 9th of July 2017, simultaneously at 11 AM PST (8 PM CEST). They were hold at Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz, California (USA), Great Western Beach, Newquay, Cornwall (GBR), Cox Bay, Tofino, Vancouver Island (CAN), J-Bay (RSA), Anglet, Biarritz (FRA), Freshwater Beach, Sydney (AUS), Scheveningen (NED) and Surfer Paradise Knokke-Heist (BEL).
As the clouds parted and the fog lifted in Santa Cruz, a huge crowd of surfers gathered at Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz next to Jack O’Neill’s house to form the biggest memorial celebration the surfing world has seen to date. Over 2500 people joined the celebration on surfboards and in boats in the water and lining the cliff. With the O’Neill family on Jack’s legendary sailing yacht in the center of the circle, former world champion and close friend of the O’Neill family Shaun Tomson honoured Jack as one the pioneers and founders of the surfing industry. "For all of us floating out here, some of the best moments of our lives have been spent in the water – waiting under the great dome of sky and catching that perfect wave that has taken us to where we need to be," said Tomson.
The impressive ring of surfboards drifting on the horizon attracted crowds of spectators who lined the cliffs and beach below. The moving display symbolised the life of a fellow surfer whose sheer passion changed the face of surfing forever. After paying their respects, surfers paddled back to the shore yet some remained in the water catching waves in memory of Jack.