Philip Köster is the youngest wave world champion in the PWA history. Learn the crucial facts about the outstanding athlete.
I was born in Las Palmas on the Gran Canary Island March 5th 1994. The house we are living in is located only 90 metres away from the beach, the only building on the beach of Vargas.
When I am at home I live there together with my parents and my sister, who is three years older than me. She is totally different to me. Since one and a half year she is studying pharmacy in Germany. I wanted to finish school as soon as possible. Already at the age of eight it was crystal clear to me that I wanted to learn windsurfing.
This is not so surprising at all, as I used to see all that windsurfing-action going on right from my window while working over my homework for school.
Water has been my favourite element ever since. Before becoming a professional windsurfer, I was champion of the Canaries in freestyle swimming.
From that time on everything went very fast: After my first try-outs I was given a wavebord on which I then trained for hours every day. When I was twelve I got my first wildcard for the PWA World Cup in Pozo. This was my first decent result, even though I was knocked out straight in the first heat. But this only encouraged me even more so that I spent every spare minute on the water.
Three years later I 2009 won my first World Cup. 2011, at the age of 17, I became world champion. Whenever asked over the last years what my goals were, I had replied: “to become world champion!” 2012 I was again the PWA world champ, wave men! The year 2013 wasn’t easy because there were only 3 PWA wave events with wind, and in the last one on Maui I became sick and was in hospital, I could’t defend the title, and got overall 6th. 2014 I will do everything to get the title back!
2008 PWARookie of the year
2008 Champion Red Bull Big Days Germany
2009 Champion Pozo PWA Wave Worldcup
2009 Surfer of the year, Surf magazine Germany
2009 Champion Wave Copa de España
2010 Surfer of the year, Surf magazine, Germany
2010 Windsurfer of the year, Extreme Sports Awards
2010 Wave Champion DWC
2010 Vice Champion Overall German Championship DWC Tour
2010 3rd PWA Wave Tour Overall
2010 Vice Champion Slalom, Canarian Championship.
2010 Champion Slalom Gran Canaria
2011 Wave Champion DWC 2011
2011 World Champion PWA Wave
2011 Youth World Champion PWA Wave
2011 Nominated for the Laureus Award
2011 GQ Men Of The Year
2011 Surfer of the Year, German SURF magazine
2011 Supreme Big Days Champion Germany
2012 Wave World Champion PWA
2012 Wave Youth World Champion PWA
2012 9th place, Sportsman of the Year, Germany
2012 Surfer of the Year, Surf Magazin
2013 Winner Supersession , PWA Gran Canaria
2013 Winner PWA Wave, Tenerife
2013 2nd Klitmøller, Denmark
2013 6th PWA men wave overall
2013 PWA Youth World Champion
2013 Surfer of the Year, Surf Magazin
2014 Winner Lancelin Wave Contest, Australia
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