The 2005 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam - Day 2
<PHOTO1> Day 2 Summary: Kauli Seadi and Daida Moreno are superior in Pozo freestyle.
Kauli Seadi (BRA-253, Quatro/ Naish) takes the lead in the 2005 PWA freestyle ranking by claiming the single elimination in Pozo Izquierdo. In the final Seadi managed to hold off Anthony Ruenes (F-85, Tabou/ Gaastra) in a very close heat. Third place went to Robby Swift (K-89, JP/ Neil Pryde) and Ricardo Campello had to settle for fourth place this time.
The Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam 2005 picked up where it left off yesterday in the men’s wave single elimination. In decent waves and hammering 4.0 winds, the first round continued with local highflyer Vidar Jensen (N-44, North) and Kristoffer Living (S-80) advancing in heat # 8, Jensen pulling off a massive forward and Living going for the double forward. In the next heat Klaas Voget (G-4, Fanatic) won from Anthony Ruenes (F-85, Tabou/ Gaastra) and Diony Guadagnino (V-69, Neil Pryde) displayed some big stalled forwards to take out Yann Quilfen (F-21, North). Nik Baker (K-66, Mistral/ North) baffled Kevin Mevissen (H-79, JP/ Neil Pryde) with big tabletop forwards and a crazy pete, while Marcos Perez used his first hand knowledge of Pozo to stop Douglas Diaz (V-34, Fanatic/ North).
Orjan Jensen (E-19, North) landed a big double forward and knocked out Frank Diaz (E-200, Starboard/ Severne) and Ricardo Campello (V-111, JP/ Neil Pryde) impressed the judges with his huge stalled forwards to advance to the second round at the cost of Marcilio Browne (BRA-105, Naish/ Naish). Kevin Pritchard (US-3, Starboard/ MauiSails) had little trouble with Sergey Mikheev (RUS-13) and Colin Sifferlen (NC-4, Starboard) went big with a tabletop forward and a double forward attempt and went on to the next round, taking out Cyril Moussilmani (F-71, Fanatic).
With four heats to go, the wave contest was then postponed due to lack of waves and it was time for the men’s freestylers to get on the water to do their thing in Pozo’s notoriously rough conditions.
The first round saw no major shockers, although surprisingly Germany’s freestyle master Andre Paskowski (G-2, F2/ North) didn’t make it through to the next round and neither did John Skye (K-57, F2). Riders that did advance were Remko de Weerd (H-23, Fanatic/ Gaastra), Robby Swift (K-89, JP/ Neil Pryde), Thomas Traversa (F-3, Tabou/ Gaastra), Taty Frans (NB-9, Starboard/ MauiSails), Victor Fernandez (E-42, Fanatic), Colin Sifferlen (NC-4, Starboard), Frank Diaz (E-200, Starboard/ Severne), Kauli Seadi (BRA-253, Quatro/ Naish), Anthony Ruenes (F-85, Tabou/ Gaastra), Tonky Frans (NB-7, F2), Jose Estredo (V-01, Fanatic/ North), Douglas Diaz (V-34, Fanatic/ North), Diony Guadagnino (V-69, Neil Pryde), Kevin Mevissen (H-79, JP/ Neil Pryde), Antxon Otaegui (E-169, JP/ Neil Pryde) and Ricardo Campello (V-111, JP/ Neil Pryde).
<PHOTO2>In the second round, Robby Swift outsailed Remko de Weerd with his switch stance flaka’s and shaka’s while Thomas Traversa ended Taty Trans run for the top. Victor Fernandez threw in a double attempt to knock out Colin Sifferlen and Kauli Seadi finished off Frank Diaz with a sick air chachoo, just missing out on the landing. In the next heat, Anthony Ruenes pulled off a big shaka and a double flaka, which proved to be enough to take out Taty Frans despite Frans’ radical drumroll attempt. In an all Venezuelan duel, Douglas Diaz beat his training partner Jose Estredo. Kevin Mevissen eliminated Diony Guadagnino and Ricardo Campello advanced to the last eight riders at the cost of Antxon Otaegui.
In the first quarter final, Robby Swift and Thomas Traversa hit each other with equally big shaka’s, but Swift kept it cool in the superstrong winds and progressed to the semifinal. In the other half of the heat, fireworks between Kauli Seadi and Victor Fernandez ended in victory for Seadi, landing an air chachoo right at the horn.
In the second quarter final, Anthony Ruenes could not be stopped by Douglas Diaz and Ricardo Campello showed Kevin Mevissen how it’s done with a shaka and another air chachoo.
Semifinal time, Robby Swift vs Kauli Seadi and Anthony Ruenes vs Ricardo Campello. Swift went in hard with spocks, switchstance flaka’s and a perfect shaka, while Seadi nearly stuck an air chachoo and pulled off an clewfirst spock, a pushloop and a ponch. On the other end of the semi’s Ruenes scored big points with a double flaka right in front of the judges and a big shaka. Campello pulled off a powerful ponch, an air chachoo and went for a massive shaka, but crashed out on the landing. When all was said and done, Seadi and Ruenes made it through to the final.
First up was the battle for 3rd and 4th place between Robby Swift and Ricardo Campello. Campello opened with a ponch coming in followed by a backloop, while Swift started out with a forward and a spock 540. Campello went all out with a double forward attempt and a gozada, but it was Swift who took third place with radical stuff like switchstance flaka’s, ponches in and out and a sick one handed ponch right at the horn.
In the final the Seadi and Ruenes were down to their smallest sails, as the wind was still strong as ever. Both Ruenes and Seadi opened up with a forward after which they wowed the crowds with a simultaneous flaka. Ruenes then proceeded with a perfect big shaka, while Seadi opened his arsenal of tricks with a grubby 540, pushloop, clewfirst spock and two ponches among others. Ruenes gave it his all with gozada’s, a one footed shove it attempt and a double flaka attempt, but Seadi was simply on fire and left the strong sailing Frenchman with second place.
“This really comes as a surprise.” Seadi comments on his victory. “After coming in second on the last two wave events, I have been focussing hard on wavesailing. Here in Pozo I have been tuning and training with my wave gear, getting it just right. I only went freestyling twice for twenty minutes. In the beginning of the elimination I feel I wasn’t sailing very well, but as the contest progressed, I started getting into it. The wind was strong, just the way I like it. In the final I was on 3.6, sailing with no expectations, just having fun. All in all, I’m really stoked!”
<PHOTO3>After the men finished up their single elimination, the women freestylers went into the double elimination at the end of which yesterday’s single elimination winner Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/ North) was waiting to take on today’s winner. After the first and second round, it was down to Ania Ostrowska (POL-00, Fanatic), Uli Hoelzl (AUT-123, F2/ Neil Pryde), Junko Nagoshi (J-11) and Yolanda Freites de Brend (V-26, Fanatic/ North). Hoelzl sent Ostrowska back to the beach and Nagoshi beat Freites de Brend to meet Silvia Alba in the next round. In that same next round, Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/ North) was waiting for Hoelzl. Hoelzl put up a good fight, but Moreno moved on, as did Alba who stop Nagoshi in her tracks.
In the next round it was Alba vs Moreno. Moreno put down an impressive repertoire with forwards, spocks, a strong backside aerial and a full speed clewfirst spock attempt. Alba had quite some moves in store herself, with a switchstance airjibe, forwards and several spock attempts, but Moreno went on to take on Karin Jaggi (Z-14, F2). In her heat against Jaggi, Moreno pulled out all the stops with a one footed forward just missing out on the landing, a flaka attempt, nearly sticking it and a tabletop and constantly looking for that clewfirst spock, but Jaggi beat Moreno on her own playground with a shove it, forward, spock attempts and a backloop attempt.
And so it was a resail of yesterday’s final: Karin Jaggi vs Daida Moreno. Moreno wasted no time and opened her heat with a forward coming in and going out, while Jaggi went for a forward and a spock, but didn’t quite stick them. She redeemed herself with a shove right in Moreno’s face. If Moreno was impressed, she didn’t show it, as she stuck a clean spock coming in followed by a forward going out. Jaggi pulled off a flaka, but crashed out twice on a spock, while Moreno did a spock 540 on the outside and went for the clewfirst spock. Jaggi finally went big with a shaka attempt, but Moreno refused to be beaten thus winning the double elimination as well.
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