Young slalom sailors in action on Bonaire

12/06/2024

Bonaire, known for its constant trade winds and crystal-clear waters, welcomed the cream of the world's young slalom sailors for the Bonaire Youth Slalom World Cup. Taking place from 21 to 25 May, the event provided an ideal platform for young athletes to compete against each other.

Initially, the weather forecast did not look promising for the Bonaire Youth Slalom World Cup. However, against all the odds, the wind conditions proved generous, allowing the organisers to complete 15 eliminations over 3 days of intense competition.
In the girls' event, Bobbi-Lynn De Jong once again proved her supremacy. Building on her victory in the previous event in Aruba, the 14-year-old prodigy dominated the Bonaire course, winning 14 of the 15 races sailed. Her near-perfect performance consolidates her status as favourite for the title this season. Her main rival was none other than her sister, Kit De Jong, who shone in the U15 category, ahead of their twin, Lone De Jong, who came 4th overall. Louise van der Meulen rounded off the overall podium with victory in the U21 category.

In the boys' category, Brendan Lorho continued his winning form after his performance in Aruba. The young French talent won 12 of the 15 eliminations, demonstrating impressive control and consistency. With only 3 2nd places to his name, Lorho finished top of the overall and U21 rankings. Local rider Bimbi Clappers took 2nd place, followed by another local talent, Tycho Smits, who dominated the U17 category. Storm Nicolai completed the podium in this category. In the U13 and U15 categories, Arxon Gomperts won the U15 category, while Joëy Ross was the winner in the U13 category, ahead of Tobi Korver and Julien Blom.
This Caribbean leg of the Youth PWA World Tour
offers a promising glimpse of the world's emerging windsurfing talent. The next event will take place in Gran Canaria at the end of June, where the young athletes will continue to compete, this time in the wave discipline...

 

Source: PWA World Tour
Photos: Carter/Pwaworldtour.com

tags: PWA World Tour Bonaire Youth Slalom World Cup Bobbi-Lynn De Jong Brendan Lorho

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