After the opening event of the season in Japan the world’s best slalom sailors have made the short flight over to South Korea for the Ulsan PWA World Cup, the second leg of the 2018 PWA WORLD Tour in Slalom and Foil. Situated in the southeast of South Korea, Jinha beach is a thirty-minute drive from Ulsan and has developed the reputation of being the top windsurfing location in the country.
A Week to Remember as Jinha Beach Provides a Diverse Blend. The 2nd PWA stop at Jinha Beach has seen some amazing racing in both the slalom and foil disciplines with a wide range of conditions testing the sailor's abilities. In the end, Antoine Albeau finishes second after Matteo Iachino. In the foil, there’s a new name at the top of the event rankings with Brazil’s Mateus Isaac earning his first victory on the world tour.
In the event preview we mentioned that it would be hard to look past the event winner coming from either reigning world champion - Antoine Albeau - vice-world champion - Matteo Iachino - or last year’s world No.3 - Pierre Mortefon. Antoine Albeau lost out to Iachino by just 2 points in the end and AA also recorded a further two bullets here, which means he has now won 3 of the 5 races completed this season. Albeau looks set to have an excellent chance of fighting for a 25th world title.
Brazil’s Mateus Isaac will be absolutely delighted with how this event worked out as the 24-year-old not only continually beat his best performance in single races but also earned his best results to date after finishing 4th in the slalom and winning the foiling on the final day. Arnon Dagan hangs on to a place in the overall top 10.
Brazil’s Mateus Isaac took the early lead in the foiling after winning the opening elimination in style.Antoine Albeau held the event lead heading into the final race, but was basically level on points with Isaac with both sailors holding a win and a 5th place before the discard. Isaac will be rightfully delighted with his efforts over the last week, which has seen the Brazilian earn his best result yet in the slalom - 4th - saw him secure the top spot on the Foil podium for the first time in his career. A superb victory here sees Isaac rise to 2nd in the overall foil rankings after a 6th place in Japan and he looks like a sailor truly in form and one who has made significant progress over the winter.
Result 2018 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Men's Slalom
1st Matteo Iachino (ITA - Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses)
2nd Antoine Albeau (FRA - RRD / NeilPryde)
3rd Pierre Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins)
4th Mateus Isaac (BRA - JP / NeilPryde)
5th Jordy Vonk (NED - Fanatic / NorthSails)
6th Pascal Toselli (FRA - JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins)
Result 2018 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Foil
1st Mateus Isaac (BRA - JP / NeilPryde)
2nd Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG / Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)
3rd Alexandre Cousin (FRA / Patrik / GA Sails / Chopper Fins)
4th Amado Vrieswijk (NB / JP / Severne)
5th Antoine Albeau (FRA - RRD / NeilPryde)
6th Pierre Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins)
7th Sebastian Kornum (DEN - JP / NeilPryde)
8th Arnon Dagan (ISR / RRD / NeilPryde)
Text and photos adapted from PWA.