Photo by: Sofie Louca
Sarah Delaunay wins Koa Bowl Stand Up Paddle Surfing Event (Ho'okipa Beach Park)
"The KOA Bowl was a local Maui SUP competition on the spot of Pavilion last Sunday, which is at Hookipa, just upwind from the main windsurfing break. The event was more informal compared to the world tour first stop on Oahu 2 weeks ago, but the level of competition was still very high and I was excited to surf a wave that I had never tried before on Maui, the island of watermen and waterwomen!!!
I am very proud to have won this competition. It is an amazing experience and proof that my confrontation with the world's best at Turtle bay made me grow technically and mentally. The goal in 2014 is France championships!"
When it comes to top PWA racers, Ben van der Steen is at the top of the list. After joining the Gaastra International Racing team last season, Ben finished out the year in 5th place overall on the PWA Tour. Hungry for that top spot on the podium, Ben decided it was time to take his speed to the next level and is now riding the much anticipated 2014 Manta Range!
“I am happy to announce that I will be joining the Tabou team for 014-
After joining the Gaastra team last year it was a logical step to join the the Tabou team ,I had tried some of the boards in summer and I was very impressed how easy and fast they are. The way they jibe is almost effortless. These board are very impressive, and I recon they are some of the best around! The Manta’s are real racing machines and I’m so excited to start off the new season on them.
For me this is the beginning of a longterm relationship working on both the Gaastra sails and the new Tabou boards. Developing the boards and sails with Cedric Bordes, Ross Williams, Peter Munzlinger and Fabien Vollenweider along with the rest of the Tabou/Gaastra team will be a pleasure.
My boards of choice will be the Tabou Manta 85 /71/61 as my PWA racing setup and for the wave boards I’m going Pocket 80 and 92 as my two boards to cover it all.
My plans for 2014 are to do some more racing as the 4 events last year just was not enough . I’m excited to see more racing events on the PWA calendar this year as I love racing! I will try to do some more local races here in Spain as well as the Dutch championship and maybe even some formula and speed when my schedule permits” says van der Steen!
Welcome to the team Ben!