2001 Vargas Gran Canaria PWA Wave Grand Prix Day 2
The waiting game continues here at the Vargas, Gran Canaria, PWA wave Grand Prix. Steady trades have blowing here at the beach today but by no means strong enough to reach competition requirements. The forecast however is excellent and it is expected that the nuclear winds that have put Gran Canaria on the map over the years will return with a vengeance over the next few days.
Most of the sailors have been using the time to fine tune their equipment and prepare mentally for the challenge that awaits them. With two events in Gran Canaria this season it is essential that sailors can perform well in the port tack cross-onshore conditions that prevail here in the Canaries. This is one of the few places on the world tour where sailors regularly find themselves using their smallest sails. When it blows here, the vicious winds generate waves providing perfect ramps for monster jumps. The locals such as Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Neil Pryde, Proof) and Vidar Jensen (North Sails, Drops) thrive in these type conditions and both have won the event in previous years.
Gran Canaria is one of the principal destinations for tourists from Europe. It is known world-wide for its 236 kilometres of coastline, which is dotted with extensive beaches of golden sands, rugged cliffs and small coves. Drenched in sun all year round it is no wonder that the Canary Islands have become so popular.
The atmosphere on the beach today seems mellow but in reality tension is building, especially with such an excellent forecast. With the stage set for battle some of the sailors voiced their predictions on the eventual winner!
Matt Pritchard (Gaastra Sails, AHD)
“Uuugh, that’s a tricky one. I am here to win this event, I am going to give it my best shot. There are a lot of guys that can win the event, Vidar and Bjorn are both pretty much firing. Francisco is also looking pretty good, he is on fire. Nik Baker is also looking good, Pritchard junior is looking good and Pritchard senior is feeling pretty good. Its anybody’s game…May the best man win!”
Iballa Moreno (North Sails, Mistral)
“I am going to win! Me or my sister! Nobody else has a chance! We will try to be first and second. We are at the opposite end of the draw so hopefully we will meet in the final. We will have to see what happens! I will be going for doubles, so watch out!”
Nik Baker (North Sails, Mistral)
“The winner? I’d like it to be me. So far from what I have seen in the training before the event I think Francisco is one of the best guys. There are a lot of very good locals as well. If it gets really windy then guys like Vidar and Bjorn will be strong contenders. I am here to do the best I can, I’d like to win or at least get in the top three. Top three, top five would be a good thing for me since I had a ankle injury over the winter”
Scott McKercher (Naish, Starboard)
“God knows who is going to win! I am a bit injured so it’s going to be tough for me. I think its going to be a Canarian, Bjorn or Vidar, maybe even the young guy Daniel Bruch”
Josh Angulo (RRD)
“Who is going to win?…Me! I am watching out for every body, including myself. I have been training hard, I kind of suck in these conditions but hey that’s all right, I have faith!”
Levi Siver (North Sails, F2)
“Oh God I don’t know who is going to win! I am in the running though..Hell yeah! Cisco is the main guy to watch out for although pretty much everybody is motivated to win. I am going to go big, if the moment comes about I might bust out some doubles..We will see!”