A host of talented surfers competed at the inaugural Hangloose SurfStream Open held on Feb. 18 at the Himlabadet facility in Sundsvall, Sweden. Gerry Schlegel of Germany, recent champion of the Surf & Style European Standing Wave Championship, took home gold in the men’s open division, beating Sundsvall locals William Åhlund and Sebastian Hansen, as well as pro surfer Todd Holland of Cocoa Beach, Florida, who was surfing for the first time in a standing wave machine. Lauren Holland and Odd Persson won the women’s and junior’s divisions, respectively, putting on a great show for onlookers.
A special thanks to the venue host, Himlabadet, the Swedish Surfing Association, and co-sponsors Hangloose, O’Neill, Surfer’s Paradise, Fahlensurf, and Ljud and Ljus Control Sundsvall – not to mention all of the talented surfers who tore it up!
Open Men 1. Gerry Schlegel, 2. William Åhlund, 3. Sebastian Hansen
Open Women: 1. Lauren McLean Holland, 2. Lina Bergqvist, 3. Maria Edqvist
Juniors: 1. Odd Persson, 2. Joel Åberg, 3. Gustav Kalm