Victor Fernandez is PWA Wave World Champion 2016
6 years after his first wave title NorthSails/Fanatic wave legend Victor Fernandez secured his very well deserved second PWA Wave World Champion´s title.
In irresistible form Victor started the PWA wave season 2016 by winning the opening two events in decisive fashion to establish a clear lead at the top of the rankings. With his supreme blend of powerful, stylish wave riding and clinical world class jumping setting him apart from the rest of his rivals and he looked just as dangerous in Sylt.
However, a narrow semifinal exit was further compounded by his closest rival Alex Mussolini going on to secure the event victory, which saw Victor’s lead at the top of the rankings reduced for the first time this season.
Heading into France, Victor still held a commanding lead, but had to endure a long week of waiting for the wind and waves not playing ball in La Torche, meaning he would have to wait for another chance to secure his second world crown.
With it not being possible to gain a result in France, Victor took a stranglehold over the title race, as heading into the final event of the year in Maui, the only way he could be denied was by a Mussolini victory. But Mussolini failed to advance in heat 41 meaning the wait was finally over for Victor and he deservedly finishes the season as the world champion — adding to his previous success from 2010.
Huge congrats Victor!
One of the most successful years in the NorthSails history comes to an end with 3 World Champion Titles (PWA Wave Victor Fernandez, PWA Freestyle Gollito Estredo, IFCA Slalom Vincent Langer), 1 Vice World Title (PWA Slalom Pierre Mortefon) and the PWA Constructor´s Title for NorthSails.
Road to the title:
2016 Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria: 1st
2016 El Medano, Tenerife: 1st
2016 Mercedes-Benz World Cup Sylt: 4th
2016 NoveNove Maui Aloha Classic: t.b.d.
Interview with the Champ by PWA
Text credits: PWA
Photo credits: PWA/Carter & FishbowlDiaries