The younger generation put to the test in Aruba


From 8 to 12 May, Aruba hosted the 1st of the 3 Youth slalom events scheduled for this season on the PWA World Tour. On the programme: wind, great battles, fins, foils and a young up-and-coming generation who gave it their all!

At the same time, the windsurfing world had its eyes riveted on the Défi Wind, but on the other side of the Atlantic in Aruba, in the Caribbean Sea, the PWA Youth & Junior World Cup took place from 8 to 12 May, as part of a more global event entitled Aruba Hi-Winds. The programme of festivities for the young competitors in the U21, U17, U15 and U13 categories included slalom and foiling, and generous conditions throughout the week for the competitors who were all racing together. Among the faces and names to remember, Bobbi-Lynn De Jong stood out in the U17 girls' category, winning both the fin and foil races. France's Brendan Lorho and Germany's Benedikt Emser were victorious in the boys' U21 category, in the fin and foil events respectively.

In the U17 class, Storm Nicolai and Tycho Smits battled it out all week in both fin and foil. Nicolai finally took the fin advantage, with Smits taking the foil honours. In the U15s, Arxon Gomperts, from Bonaire, showed impressive potential against competitors much older than him. After a shaky start, he gained in confidence as the days went by, and on the final day, at the tender age of 12, he was up there with the best! Also in the U15 category, the De Jong twins Kit and Lone put up one of the tightest battles of the competition, with just one point separating them, Kit edging out Lone in the final race to win the U15 girls' title. Finally, in the U13 category, Joey Ross showed great determination at just 11 years of age, with a young competitor from Bonaire who should make a name for himself in the future...
Barely enough time to take a breather before the budding young champions meet up again in Bonaire this time, still in the Caribbean, for the 2nd event of this PWA Youth & Junior World Cup scheduled for 21 to 25 May...


Source: PWA World Tour
Photos : Carter/

tags: PWA Youth & Junior World Cup Aruba Hi-Winds

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