The 2005 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam - Day 3
<PHOTO1> Day 3 Summary: Men wavesailors get it on in heavy duty conditions.
The opening act on day 3 of the Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam 2005 was the continuation of the men’s single wave elimination, round 1 in 4.0 winds with heat # 13 in which Peter Volwater (H-24, F2) set the standard for the day with a perfect double forward, advancing to the second round. Also progressing were Yann Sorlut (F-60), John Skye (K-57, F2) with a clean double forward of his own, Andy Wolff (G-9, Tabou/ Gaastra), Josh Angulo (US-11), Xavier Huart (F-33, Mistral/ North), Scott McKercher (KA-181, Starboard/ Severne) and Matt Pearch (K-16, F2).
The second round started off with sick fireworks between Kauli Seadi (BRA-253, Quatro/ Naish) and Levi Siver (USA-0, Starboard) and Victor Fernandez (E-42, Fanatic) against Regis Bouron (F-300). It was a close call, but Seadi nailed it at the expense of Siver with a massive backloop and a slick taka. Fernandez’s smooth and radical style helped him into the next round, in spite of Bouron’s strong performance.
In another starfilled heat, Robby Swift (K-89, JP/ Neil Pryde) opened up with a flawless double forward, taking out Julien Taboulet (F-100, JP/ Neil Pryde) who went big with double attempts and a tabletop forward, but couldn’t beat the Englishman. Local legend Bjorn Dunkerbeck (E-11, North) played a home match and knocked out Guincho winner Matt Pritchard (US-10, Tabou/ Gaastra).
<PHOTO2>Dario Ojeda (E-211, Quatro/ Gaastra) then proceeded to take out Jonas Ceballos (E-40, Fanatic) with an impressive air taka, Antoine Albeau (F-192, Neil Pryde) beat Alex Mussolini (E-30, JP/ Neil Pryde), Greg Allaway (KA-38, Mistral/ North) won from Ben Proffitt (K-800, Fanatic) and Vidar Jensen (N-44, North) was flying high over Pozo bringing defeat from above to Kristoffer Living (S-80).
Diony Guadagnino (V-69, Neil Pryde) stuck a sick double forward in his heat against Klaas Voget (G-4, Fanatic) and advanced, as did Nik Baker (K-66, Mistral/ North). Pozo local Orjan Jensen (E-19, North) had to give way to Ricardo Campello (V-111, JP/ Neil Pryde) in a sizzling heat, but as Jensen just missed out on his double forward landing and Campello made his double without breaking a sweat, Campello went through. Kevin Pritchard (US-3, Starboard/ MauiSails) pulled off his trademark one footed backloop to beat Colin Sifferlen (NC-4, Starboard) and Peter Volwater kept on rolling, knocking out Yann Sorlut (F-60) with big backloops and a near double forward. John Skye (K-57, F2) went down in a close heat against Andy Wolff (G-9, Tabou/ Gaastra) and Josh Angulo (US-11) defeated Xavier Huart (F-33, Mistral/ North) with his one handed backloops and tabletop forwards. In the final heat of round #2, Scott McKercher (KA-181, Starboard/ Severne) secured his spot amongst the last sixteen by beating Matt Pearch (K-16, F2).
<PHOTO3>Forecast indicate insane conditions for the weekend with even stronger winds than we have seen so far and bigger waves. So fasten your seatbelts, because the Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam will be hitting the stratosphere over the next few days. The latest action and results are on www.pwaworldtour.com as always, so stay close as the contest continues.