Tenerife PWA World Cup
El Cabezo showed several different sides to itself today on the penultimate day of the 2018 Tenerife PWA World Cup as wave size and quality plus the wind strength varied quite frequently with the passing clouds. The forecast may have been more marginal today, when compared to yesterday, but a further 6 hours of competition were completed as the Men’s Double Elimination was whittled down to the last 4 sailors, while the first 4 Women’s Heats were also finished heading into the final day.
The opening two rounds of the Women’s Double Elimination were completed during the early evening and so far Nicole Bandini (Fanatic / Duotone) has made the most progress by winning both of her opening heats against Nuage Le Derff (Hot Sails Maui) and Sarah Hilder (Simmer / Simmer Sails) and will now face Arrianne Aukes (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins).
Meanwhile, Maaike Huvermann (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) produced a solid performance in Heat 26b with a stalled forward, clean backloop and a couple of decent waves to set up a tie against Lina Erpenstein (Severne / Severne Sails).
The big news of the day is that the World No.1 & No.2 coming into Tenerife - Philip Köster (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) and Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing) - are both out of the double elimination in 5th and 6th place respectively and there are now only the top 4 men left standing - Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / Duotone / Shamal Sunglasses), Adam Lewis (Fanatic / Duotone / SWOX), Ricardo Campello (Brunotti Boards / Point-7) and Jaeger Stone (Starboard / Severne Sails / SWOX / Shamal Sunglasses).
As things stand Victor Fernandez would shoot to the top of the overall rankings - from 4th overall before the event - if he can defend his single, but Ricardo Campello could still come back to take control of the title race, if there are conditions, and the 33-year-old can come back to win the double elimination.
Jaeger Stone and Philip Köster both agreed that they were happy to sail Heat 48 and after a close tussle the Australian just came out on top. Stone racked up his best wave of the heat with his final effort as he landed a taka after blowing the fins out. The result may have been different if Köster could’ve hung onto his double forward effort, but the 4-time world champion couldn’t quite sail away and that may be the end of his title aspirations for this season. Meanwhile, Stone will now face Ricardo Campello in a rematch of the single elimination to decide 3rd and 4th place - with the winner then facing Adam Lewis.
Like Köster, Marcilio Browne’s title chances may also be over for another season after losing out to Köster in a massive heat in Heat 47. The Brazilian had looked more dangerous in his two prior heats today than in the single elimination as he defeated Leon Jamaer (JP / NeilPryde) and Omar Sanchez (Carbon Art / KA Sail), but was then dealt a tough blow against the German, as Browne was left to desperately pump into a couple of underpowered backloop attempts without success, while Köster was able to land a trademark double and with no counting jump Browne was left no chance.
Omar Sanchez (Carbon Art / KA Sail) was the comeback king in the double elimination at the Spaniard won 5 consecutive heats to earn his best result yet on the world tour - 7th. The 27-year-old took down Antoine Albert (Goya Windsurfing) and Dario Ojeda (Flikka / Challenger Sails) yesterday, while receiving a bye through Heat 40a - with Josep Pons (Simmer / Simmer Sails) having to retire after needing 17 stitches in his foot after his foot came out of the footstrap during a double forward - but Sanchez then claimed a hugely impressive victory over Alex Mussolini (RRD / RRD Sails) before also defeating Marc Paré (Simmer / Simmer Sails) - who slips from 5th in the single to 9th in the double.
Sanchez’s defeat of Mussolini has to go down as the upset of the day and Mussolini will not be happy to have finished 13th - especially given the fact that the Spaniard had not finished outside of the top 10 here since 2011 and has earned 3 podiums here during that time.
Elsewhere, Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / SWOX) produced a series of impressive displays to come back from the first round of the double to finish joint 9th for the event. The Brit earned the highest scoring wave of the day - 8.73 points - after landing a sick frontside 360 against Moritz Mauch (Severne / Severne Sails) in Heat 38a before denying Julian Salmonn (Bruch Boards / Gun Sails) his first top 10 finish. Swift then pushed Philip Köster all the way in Heat 44a but just fell short by less than a point.
Dieter van der Eyken (Severne / Severne Sails) also rattled his way back through the double elimination to secure back-to-back top ten finishes to start the season - 9th here and in Pozo. The Belgian was in fine form today, which saw him earn a clearcut victory against - Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) - as he finished the heat with two waves in the excellent range - 8 and 8.25 points to cause an upset. van der Eyken then ended the hopes of Klaas Voget (Fanatic / Duotone) before Jules Denel (JP / NeilPryde) ended his comeback - meaning Denel finishes 7th for the event after losing out to an on form Philip Köster.
Elsewhere, Leon Jamaer (JP / NeilPryde) records his first top ten finish of the season - 9th - after missing out in Pozo. The German impressed today with his powerful wave riding as he knocked out Camille Juban (Quatro / Simmer Sails) and Dany Bruch (Bruch Boards / Flight Sails / AL360) before Marcilio Browne eliminated him.
The forecast for tomorrow is for slightly lighter winds and similar waves, so there is a distinct possibility that we will be able to finish the double eliminations. However, that decision will become apparent tomorrow morning - the skippers’ meeting for which has been called 10am with the action commencing from 10:30am (GMT+1) onwards.
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Result Women’s Single Elimination - 2018 Tenerife PWA World Cup
1st Iballa Moreno (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU - Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Daida Moreno (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
4th Justyna Sniady (POL - Simmer / Simmer Sails / AL360)
5th Caterina Stenta (ITA - RRD / RRD Sails / AL360 / Maui Ultra Fins)
5th Arrianne Aukes (NED - Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins)
5th Lina Erpenstein (GER - Severne / Severne Sails)
5th Steffi Wahl (GER - Sailloft Hamburg)
Result Men’s Double Elimination - 2018 Tenerife PWA World Cup
*Top 4 Positions May Still Change
1st Victor Fernandez (ESP - Fanatic / Duotone / Shamal Sunglasses)
2nd Adam Lewis (GBR - Fanatic / Duotone / SWOX)
3rd Ricardo Campello (VEN - Brunotti Boards / Point-7)
4th Jaeger Stone (AUS - Starboard / Severne Sails / SWOX / Shamal Sunglasses)
5th Philip Köster (GER - Starboard / Severne Sails / Maui Ultra Fins)
6th Marcilio Browne (BRA - Goya Windsurfing)
7th Jules Denel (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)
7th Omar Sanchez (Carbon Art / KA Sail)
9th Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / SWOX)
9th Dieter van der Eyken (Severne / Severne Sails)
9th Marc Paré (Simmer / Simmer Sails)
9th Leon Jamaer (JP / NeilPryde)