The 2005 Lanzarote PWA Grand Slam - Day 2
It was an action-packed day today at the Lanzarote Costa Teguise PWA Grand Slam 2005 as the Super X fleet got down to business in 15 to 20 knot winds. Both men and women completed two rounds, bringing victory to Matt (US-10, Tabou/Gaastra) and Kevin Pritchard (US-3, Starboard/MauiSails) and historic wins to Junko Nagoshi (J-11) and Karin Jaggi (Z-14, F2).
As the first men’s round came down to the final, it was a showdown between Cyril Moussilmani (F-71, Fanatic), Taty Frans (NB-9, Starboard/MauiSails), Nik Baker (K-66, Mistral/North), Robby Swift (K-89, JP/Neil Pryde), Matt Pearch (K-16, F2), Kevin Pritchard (US-3, Starboard/MauiSails), Matt Pritchard (US-10, Tabou/Gaastra), Peter Volwater (H-24, F2), Victor Fernandez (E-42, Fanatic) and Orjan Jensen (E-19, North).
First to arrive at the first buoy was number two in the Super X ranking Cyril Moussilmani (F-71, Fanatic), followed closely by Kevin Pritchard (US-3, Starboard/MauiSails), Nik Baker (K-66, Mistral/North), Taty Frans (NB-9, Starboard/MauiSails) and Robby Swift (K-89, JP/Neil Pryde). All leading riders stuck their forwards and the second jump before rounding the second buoy. Moussilmani kept his lead before Pritchard but Frans overtook Baker who was passed by Swift. On the last leg to the finish it was time for the mandatory spock. Moussilmani was comfortably in the lead until he crashed out on his spock, as did his pursuer Pritchard. But the American recovered quickly and overtook the Frenchman. Baker also worked his way passed Moussilmani and went straight after Pritchard. Pritchard kept it cool though and crossed the finish line in first position before Baker, Moussilmani, Swift and Matt Pritchard, who overtook Frans on the last stretch.
The first ever women’s Super X final featured Karin Jaggi (Z-14, F2), Astrid Muldoon (F-2, JP/Neil Pryde), Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/North), Junko Nagoshi (J-11), Uli Hölzl (AUT-123, F2/Neil Pryde), Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/North), Silvia Alba (E-67, Tabou/Gaastra), Nayra Alonso (E-4, Fanatic/Severne), Femke van der Valk (NB-05, F2) and Frida Wiraeus (S-93).
At the first jump, Jaggi went down leaving the door open for Nagoshi who took the lead. Following in her wake were Iballa and Daida Moreno, van der Valk and Alba. After the second jump and buoy, Nagoshi was still in pole position and consolidated her lead on the final leg to the finish, where Super X history awaited her. Try as they might, the pursuing fleet couldn’t catch her and Junko Nagoshi (J-11) won the first women’s Super X round. Second place went to Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/North), third to Karin Jaggi (Z-14, F2), Femke van der Valk (NB-05, F2) took fourth and Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/North) claimed fifth place.
As the wind kept on building, the Super X contest went straight into round # 2. After the first heats were wrapped up back to back, the final of the men’s second round was between Cyril Moussilmani (F-71, Fanatic), Nik Baker (K-66, Mistral/North), Ricardo Campello (V-111, JP/Neil Pryde), Peter Volwater (H-24, F2), Orjan Jensen (E-19, North), Kevin Pritchard (US-3, Starboard/MauiSails), Robby Swift (K-89, JP/Neil Pryde), Matt Pritchard (US-10, Tabou/Gaastra), Victor Fernandez (E-42, Fanatic) and Marcos Perez (E-7).
Rounding buoy # 1 in the top slot was again Cyril Moussilmani, followed by Kevin Pritchard. Peter Volwater came round the corner in third place, but went down in his duck jibe. Robby Swift and Matt Pritchard took advantage and went after Moussilmani and Kevin Pritchard. No one made any mistakes in their obligatory forwards nor at the second jump and after the scrimmage at the second buoy, it was still Moussilmani who headed for the finish line in first position, followed by Matt Pritchard, Robby Swift, Kevin Pritchard and Nik Baker. Moussilmani was looking good as he was speeding towards victory enjoying an impressive lead. But disaster struck as the Frenchman went for a late spock. Moussilmani went down and Matt Pritchard stayed cool as ice and landed a perfect spock, keeping up his speed and overtook Moussilmani to take first prize. Moussilmani did manage to recover fast enough to secure second place before Kevin Pritchard, Nik Baker and Robby Swift who came in fifth.
The second round women’s final was between Karin Jaggi (Z-14, F2), Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/North), Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/North), Nayra Alonso (E-4, Fanatic/Severne), Silvia Alba (E-67, Tabou/Gaastra), Junko Nagoshi (J-11), Marie Edlund Tjernberg (S-166, F2/North), Astrid Muldoon (F-2, JP/Neil Pryde), Yolanda Freites de Brendt (V-26, Fanatic/North) and Femke van der Valk (NB-05, F2).
At the first jump, round one winner Junko Nagoshi went down and Karin Jaggi moved in to take the lead. On her tail were Daida Moreno, Silvia Alba, Nayra Alonso and Yolanda Freites de Brendt. First round runner up Iballa Moreno crashed her jibe and had to watch the others pass her by. Moreno recovered however and joined the top five again rounding the second buoy. Jaggi still in first place, Daida Moreno in second, Iballa in third, Silvia Alba in fourth and Nayra Alonso in fifth position. The only thing between Jaggi and her first Super X victory was the last leg, which she cleared without mistakes, taking the second round before Daida Moreno, Iballa Moreno, Silvia Alba and Nayra Alonso in the fifth spot.
Tomorrow the Super X mayhem continues as the forecast indicates steady trade winds. Log on again to www.pwaworldtour.com for all the news from the Lanzarote Costa Teguise PWA Grand Slam 2005 on the third day of competition.
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