We had a relaxed trip form Tokyo to Busan (South Korea) as all the gear was shipped to our next event by sea-container. With only a 2 hour flight and a perfect pick-up at the airport we arrived in Ulsan / JinHa-beach. Two days of rest and waiting for the gear to arrive, it all came on time and everything was perfectly organized. My windsurfmate Taty and I shared a tent again on the beach and we prepared our gear and got ready for the 2nd slalom event of the season.

Satisfied with my start, shame about the seaweed
Registration took place, the wind was up and the 1st elimination was ON! With the perfect gear, focus and wind conditions I reached the winners-final by finishing 3rd in elimination 1. In the final though, my fin caught on some of the seaweed in the water and slowed me down right on the start-line. I was happy though and had a good start to the event.


On day two in the second elimination I reached the runners-up final and ended in 14th place. Overall on a 8th place, my best results ever!

Crash in my 3rd elimination round

With the wind picking up, the 3rd elimination started right away and this time a crash ended my 3rd chance to end in a top 16 position. With winds blowing over 30 knots, I was eager to do better again in the 4th elimination. A bit overpowered as the wind reading were up to 40 knots, I was really stoked to end day-2 again in a runner-up final which would be sailed the next day. It was a hard and exhausting day. Time for food and a good night sleep.

Great start

Day-3 started with light wind, but around noon it picked up and we could finish elimination 4. It was very important to reach the final, as my elimination 3 result would be discarded if I placed high enough. The runners-up final: a great start, in second position and went down at the third mark. A 14th place. Overall in a 13th position still, and hoped for some more races to come. There was a lot of seaweed in the water which ruined the rest of the day and further racing for the day was cancelled.

Two days of foiling
Day-5 started windless but in the late afternoon the wind picked up and Foiling was ON! I was in heat one, took the lead and finished first, but the judges decided that the wind was to patchy to have a fair result, so it got cancelled and we all looked forward to the final event-day. Day six was a full foiling day. 4 eliminations took place and it was great to foil in windy conditions (up to 20 knots).

Elimination 1: a 2nd place in the semifinal and a 10th in the final
Elimination 2: a 3rd place in the semifinal and a FIRST in the final!
Elimination 3: a 2nd place in the semifinal and a disappointing 12th in the final
Elimination 4: a 2nd place in the semifinal and a 3rd in the final. 

Results PWA Worldcup Korea 2018:

Slalom: 13th place
Foil: 4th place

PWA overall after 2 events:
Slalom: 16th place
Foil: 5th place

On to the next events: PWA Slalom/ Foil Costa Brava, Spain and the new destination on the Tour: Portugal.


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Cheers, Amado Vrieswijk

by Anouk Van Haaster