The 2005 Lanzarote PWA Grand Slam - Registration Day
<B> Riders lining up for Super X and freestyle finals.</B><br> It’s all eyes on Lanzarote, as the PWA hits the Costa Teguise for this year’s final of the freestyle and Super X tour, plus the first ever women’s Super X event. After nine days of gruelling competition on Gran Canaria, there’s no time for relaxation as the Canarian tour continues full force. Today is registration day, the action officially kicks off tomorrow morning with four days of Super X extravaganza. The freestylers take over on Thursday.<
<PHOTO1> Riders lining up for Super X and freestyle finals.
It’s all eyes on Lanzarote, as the PWA hits the Costa Teguise for this year’s final of the freestyle and Super X tour, plus the first ever women’s Super X event. After nine days of gruelling competition on Gran Canaria, there’s no time for relaxation just yet as the Canarian tour continues full force. Today was registration day, the action officially kicks off tomorrow morning with four days of Super X extravaganza. The freestylers take over the water from Thursday onwards for another four days of freestyle wizardry.
The PWA event site is located in the bay of Las Chucharas, Costa Teguise with conditions ranging from flat water on the inside to small waves breaking off the point, rolling swells and then another break 300 meters offshore. Add to that Lanzarote’s renowned and reliable year round trade winds and you are looking at an excellent venue for both Super X and freestyle.
Matt Pritchard (US-10, Tabou/ Gaastra) has good memories of Lanzarote, winning last year’s Super X contest at the Costa Teguise before Robby Swift (K-89, JP/ Neil Pryde) taking second and Cyril Moussilmani (F-71, Fanatic) claiming third prize. This year’s rankings show great resemblance to the 2004 Lanzarote result with Matt Pritchard (US-10, Tabou/ Gaastra) up there again in pole position after winning the Leucate Super X in April this year and unfortunately not getting any wind in Costa Brava. France’s Cyril Moussilmani (F-71, Fanatic) is trailing close behind in second place with Robby Swift (K-89, JP/ Neil Pryde) in third position on the starting grid.
<PHOTO2>After the immense success and popularity of Super X in the men’s fleet, the women get to test their head to head racing and jumping skills for the first time in PWA history here in Lanzarote in their own Super X competition. The usual suspects have arrived on the scene to have their names engraved on the first ever women’s Super X trophy. The battle will be undoubtedly be fierce and fast as the stakes are high. But as pain is temporary and glory lasts forever, the women will stop at nothing to cross the finish line in first place.
The Lanzarote Costa Teguise PWA Grand Slam 2005 hosts another PWA final, that of the men’s and women’s freestyle. After the Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam 2005 Ricardo Campello (V-111, JP/ Neil Pryde) is the man to beat, followed closely by Anthony Ruenes (F-85, Tabou/ Gaastra) and Kauli Seadi (BRA-253, Quatro/ Naish). In the women’s event it’s Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/ North) who leads the way, with Karin Jaggi (Z-14, F2) and Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/ North) in hot pursuit in second and third place. After Pozo’s superwindy and bumpy freestyle conditions, it will be interesting to see how the highwind experts hold up against the riders preferring lighter and smoother conditions as the bay of Las Chucharas
should normally supply.
<PHOTO3>As the Canary trades were sweeping across the bay today, the riders were out this afternoon trying on the conditions for size beofre the contest begins tomorrow. With nine days of competition ahead and solid forecasts, stay tuned for regular updates on the final outcome of the 2005 freestyle and Super X tour. More to come from Lanzarote as the week unfolds.