He did it!
After winning the Single Elimination competition a week ago, at Ponta Preta, the Maui waterman held off a challenge from Brazilian Marcilio Browne during the Double Elimination round at Little Ho’okipa—sealing a statement victory.
The triumph marks the first PWA World Tour event win of Bernd’s career.
“Twice in one week, Bernd showed the windsurfing world what we know he can do. It’s not just about being better, you also must be different. Just as Kauli Seadi re-invented wave sailing and Mark Angluo did before him, Bernd is the innovator of his generation. While other competitors practice relentlessly, Bernd’s strength resides in his natural ability to flow and fully embrace the situation around him, channeling the energy of the ocean and allowing himself to get lost in the moment.” —Chris Freeman, Founder Black Project
SEALING VICTORY AT LITTLE HO'OKIPA
The victory was made even more impressive due to the Final being sailed in completely different conditions from the Single Elimination. While last week featured pumping down-the-line conditions at Ponta Preta, the Double Elimination round was held in 3-foot choppy conditions at Little Ho’okipa—a completely different challenge.
Determined to prove his thrilling Single Elimination triumph was no fluke, the 25-year-old used his versatile and well-rounded sailing skills to defeat Marcilio in the Double Elimination Final—successfully defending his victory from a week ago.
“This event was a beautiful way to display windsurfing,” said Bernd Roediger. “It was an experience of a lifetime and the reason why we commit our lives to wave sailing!”
SINGLE ELIMINATION TRIUMPH AT PONTA PRETA
Bernd’s inspiring run in Cabo Verde began during his opening heat in the Single Elimination round, where he looked comfortable and aggressive on Ponta Preta’s punchy waves. Riding a wave of momentum and a wealth of talent, Bernd began turning heads as he advanced through the 45-minute heats.
Bernd played the waiting game in the quarterfinals, selecting just four waves during that time. However, his patience and careful wave selection paid off with the second highest heat score of the contest – 17.5 points – to advance into the semifinals. Bernd was more active in the semifinal and needed a late flurry of waves to edge out Boujmaa Guilloul and fellow Black Project athlete—Takuma Sugi—for the remaining place in the final.
In the final, Bernd grabbed an early lead and never looked back. The key moment came during an important early exchange, when he scored a brilliant ride and became the only sailor to record a wave in the excellent range – 8.19 points – in the one-hour final. While less than a point separated the top four, Bernd’s signature free-flowing style propelled him to the top step of the podium.
Throughout the Single Elimination, Bernd demonstrated both his spirited wave riding and innate ability to read waves and put himself in good positions. Bernd proved to the world that while this was his first career PWA win, it wouldn’t be his last.
“I’m so happy for Bernd and what he has accomplished in Cabo Verde,” said Sam Wilson, Founder of the American Windsurfing Tour (AWT). “Watching him grow up on Maui and in the AWT/IWT family over the years has been a privilege. He is naturally talented and creative.”
A MEMBER OF THE BLACK PROJECT OHANA
Bernd has been a multi-sport athlete with Black Project since 2017, excelling as both a windsurf and standup paddle athlete.
A formidable talent on any watercraft, Bernd is one of our most trusted athletes for testing and product development. He works closely with our design team to provide valuable feedback and essential data points that help us refine our products.
During the SOMWR 10x Cabo Verde World Cup, Bernd was riding his Flikka Boards with stock Epic Quad Fins 14.0/8 and powered by a Hot Sails Maui KS3. Despite the radically different conditions that Bernd faced in the Single and Double Elimination rounds, his equipment performed exceptionally well and allowed Bernd to showcase his incredible talent.
Bernd is an inspiration to sailors on Maui and around the world. We are proud to partner with such a talented young athlete and look forward to continuing to collaborate with him in our pursuit to design the ultimate windsurfing fins.
Follow Bernd on Instagram @bernd_roediger