08 Juil Great surf spectacle on the citywave® in Zurich / Janina Zeitler and Lukas Brunner take the win
(08.07.2019) Landlocked Surf Contest in the middle of Zurich. Over 4,000 enthusiastic fans attended the third stop of the citywave® pro World Tour on the Urbansurf platform in the Gerold Quartier last weekend. With fantastic surfing weather, Janina Zeitler and Lukas Brunner convinced the jury with their spectacular airs and radical turns, and in addition to the prize money, they also grabed highly sought-after ranking points for the grand finale of the World Tour 2020 in Tokyo.
In four categories (Men, Women, Masters +40 and Juniors U16), 78 world-class surfers from 10 nations fought for the win. In the end, Lukas Brunner (DE) was able to relegate his competitors Lenny Weinhold (DE) and Martin Suter (SUI) to places two and three, Simon Bitterlich from Munich finished fourth. Janina Zeitler (DE) was able to justify her role as favorite and not only surfed the single « Perfect Score » 10.0 of the competition but also won the final ahead of Valeska Schneider (DE), Laura Haustein (DE) and Johanna Lackner (AUT). 15-year-old Nicolas Marusa (DE) showed the most spectacular tricks among the juniors and secured first place. The biggest surprise came from Hawaii-based Swiss grom Rivan Rock Rosskopf (SUI). The thirteen-year-old finished second at his premiere at citywave®. Yuval Ben Hayun (ISR) and Diego Mangold followed on ranks 3 and 4. In the Masters Florian Kummer (DE) once again came in first ahead of Pascal Schichor (DE), Elias Volkmer (DE) and Albert Wuersch (SUI).
Thanks to the citywave pro world tour, Stationary Waveriding is continuing to establish itself worldwide as an independent sport in addition to the classic surfing in the ocean. After Israel and Austria, Zurich is already the third tour stop of this new competition series for surfing on the standing wave. Under the motto « Race to Tokyo », the best surfers compete against each other at seven citywave® locations. They collect valuable ranking points for the grand finale of the tour in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
In the 32nd games surfing will be an Olympic discipline for the first time and celebrate its premiere at Kujukuri Beach in Chiba. Next week CPWT continues in Tokyo (Japan) where the citywave® pro World Tour celebrates its fourth stop. As participants, among others, the multiple world champion in the skimboarding Austin Keen, as well as 15 athletes of the Japanese National Team have been announced. The competition will be available in the livestream on Facebook like usual. More information can be found at https://citywave.de/citywave-pro-world-tour/.