Tokyo, July 17, 2019. Surf contest in the middle of Tokyo: despite rainy weather, around 5,000 spectators celebrated their stars on the standing wave in the heart of Tokyo on Monday and Tuesday. 50 top athletes from seven nations competed at the fourth stop of the citywave® pro World Tour (CPWT) in the SPORU Shinagawa sports ground. Divided into three categories (men, women, Masters +40) athletes competed for a total prize money of 10.000 Euros and valuable ranking points for the final of the CPTW 2020.
With impressive moves and tricks the professional surfers thrilled the spectators on site and thousands of Japanese fans on the TV screens. The most impressive performance came from the Munich riversurfer Janina Zeitler (DE), who lived up to her favorites role: After the high score of 20.0 points in the semifinals, she was able to dominate in the final as well taking the victory in front of Sophie Puchta (DE) and local hero Yuna Nomura (JP). After winning in Hadera and Vienna Lenny Weinhold (DE) secured his third Tour victory in the men’s category. He relegated his competitors, the Munich Eisbach legend and multiple European Champion in Stationary Wave Riding Tao Schirrmacher (DE), and Nicolas Marusa (DE) to second and third place. Weinhold continues to build on his lead in the “Race to Tokyo”. World skimboard champion Austin Keen (USA) ended up on the seventh place.
Stuttgart’s Ralf Oberpaur (DE) dominated the Masters class with his 360 combos and made the first place in front of Tomo Yonezave (JP) and Kazunari Miyagi (JP) from Japan.
“It was incredibly fun to surf in Tokyo,” said Lennard Weinhold. “The wave is unique, very powerful and fast, for sure the best standing wave out there. The enthusiasm of the Japanese surfers and the audience was unbelievable. A great event! “
After a short summer break, the citywave® pro World Tour will continue with further competitions in Europe and the US.
About the citywave® pro World Tour
The citywave® Pro World Tour (CPWT) is a newly established competition series for surfing on a standing wave. With the motto “Race to Tokyo” the best surfers compete against each other at seven citywave® locations. They collect ranking points for the grand finale of the tour in the runup to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Thanks to CPWT surfing on the standing wave is continuing to establish itself worldwide as an independent sport alongside classic surfing in the ocean.
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