The 2005 Lanzarote PWA Grand Slam - Day 6
<PHOTO1>Taty Frans (NB-9, Starboard/MauiSails) and Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/North) continue their domination of the freestyle fleet by nailing the double elimination.
Taty Frans (NB-9, Starboard/MauiSails) and Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/North) continue their winning streak at the Lanzarote Costa Teguise PWA Grand Slam 2005, winning the double elimination of freestyle in gusty 15-20 winds.
In the last heats preceding the men’s final, several top seeded riders did not make it through. Tonky Frans (NB-7, F2/Gaastra) was terminated by Kauli Seadi (BRA-253, Quatro/Naish), Victor Fernandez (E-42, Fanatic) was knocked out by Nick Warmuth (US-36, Starboard/Gaastra) and Ricardo Campello (V-111, JP/Neil Pryde) couldn’t pass Thomas Traversa (F-3, Tabou/Gaastra).
In heat # 63, the last heat before the quarter final, Anthony Ruenes (F-85, Tabou/Gaastra) brought defeat to Kauli Seadi (BRA-253, Quatro/Naish) and Jose Estredo (V-1, Fanatic/North) took out Andre Paskowski (G-2, F2/North) to meet Ruenes in the quarterfinal. In that quarter, Ruenes was on a roll and disposed of Estredo with some radical moves including a sick no handed flaka diablo.
In the semi-final Ruenes was eagerly awaited by single elimination runner up Douglas Diaz (V-34, Fanatic/North). Diaz ripped up the competition area with a long and diverse list of spectacular moves. Ruenes demonstrated he knows a thing or two about freestyle himself with one handed esliders and a one handed shaka, but it wasn’t to be for the Frenchman today and Diaz took the heat.
The final was a rematch for yesterday’s single elimination final: Taty Frans (NB-9, Starboard/MauiSails) against Douglas Diaz (V-34, Fanatic/North). In relatively light and gusty conditions, Frans kicked off the heat with a forward coming in, while Diaz spocked his way to the beach. Both riders made perfect clew first spocks, grubbies and switch chacho 540’s. Diaz stuck a funnel, to which Frans responded with a slider 540. In the dying seconds of the final, both sailors went for the ponch, but neither came out clean. Diaz and Frans put up a sensational show, but Frans’ consistency pulled him through, winning the double elimination as well and fortifying his leading position in the Lanzarote Costa Teguise PWA Grand Slam 2005 freestyle contest.
<PHOTO2>Today’s women’s freestyle double elimination was marked by a rapidly rising star in the form of Caribbean Rasta girl Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU-91, Starboard). This fourteen- year-old is pulling off some seriously impressive freestyle stunts and will surely be giving the top riders a run for their money in time to come. Offringa sailed straight into the final heat before the quarters to meet Silvia Alba (E-67, Tabou/Gaastra). In the same heat Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/North) was up against Nayra Alonso (E-4, Fanatic/Severne). Moreno knocked out her compatriot Alonso and advanced the quarters. Alba watched Offringa sticking flawless spocks and going for clew first punetas and had to make way for the new kid on the block from Aruba.
Next stop for Offringa: Iballa Moreno. Knowing she had to go big to have a chance at beating one of the infamous Moreno twins and pulled out a spectacular repertoire including an eslider-540, a grubby and a spock. Moreno didn’t hold back herself with a solid spock and grubby, but the heat went to Offringa, causing a sensational stir in the women’s fleet.
The adventure for Offringa ended in the semi-final however, where Karin Jaggi (Z-14, F2) refused to be played by the new girl and laid down an arsenal of moves including a spock 540 to block Offringa’s way to the top. In the final, Jaggi faced Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/North).
<PHOTO3>In the final Moreno went all out and made a radical air chacho on the swell rolling in. If the wind had been stronger, she would probably have stuck it ankles dry. Jaggi went for the clew first spock but didn’t make it, while Moreno powered her way through a grubby and a forward. The Swiss champion made some clean air jibes and ended her heat with a flaka, but Moreno stayed ahead and won the double elimination after already taking the single yesterday.
The Lanzarote Costa Teguise PWA Grand Slam 2005 moves into the weekend tomorrow for the final two days of freestyle of the 2005 PWA tour. Log on again to www.pwaworldtour.com to find out what happens on the Costa Teguise, Lanzarote as the freestyle contest continues.
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