Tenerife PWA World Cup
The final day of the 2018 Tenerife PWA World Cup saw lighter winds but solid waves, which allowed the final few heats of the Men’s Double Elimination completed, while unfortunately the conditions deteriorated with only 4 girls left standing in the Women’s Double Elimination - meaning the podium remains unchanged. At the end of the event, it is Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) and Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / Duotone / Shamal Sunglasses), who walk away with the top honours, which means both of them lead the respective world title races with one event to go.
With it not quite being possible to complete the Women’s Double Elimination - Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) - walks away from the 2018 Tenerife PWA World Cup as the champion having won the Single Elimination ahead of Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins), which means the reigning world champion completes a brilliant hat-trick of event victories here. Iballa’s second victory of the season also sees her take the outright title race lead with one event to go.
With the Double Elimination only getting to Heat 32 that means that Sarah-Quita Offringa and Daida Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) remain in an unchanged second and third place from the Single Elimination, which means Offringa will head into Sylt ranked 2nd in the World.
Elsewhere, Justyna Sniady (Simmer / Simmer Sails / AL360) brought Lina Erpenstein’s (Severne / Severne Sails) come back to an end to successfully defend her 4th place from the Single Elimination, while earning her best result of the season. The Pole was upset that she wasn’t given the opportunity to fight further, but with the wind remaining light on the final evening, the contest was called off at 5pm.
Erpenstein, meanwhile, was able to win 3 heats in the Double Elimination with the German’s wave riding in the light winds impressing the judges with her powerful approach. Erpenstein was able to defeat Maaike Huvermann (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) and Arrianne Aukes (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins) before producing a buzzer beater against good friend Steffi Wahl (Sailloft Hamburg) to move into 5th place. The 21-year-old also earned the highest scoring wave of the day - 8.88 points.
Steffi Wahl was disappointed to be scored 6.75 points for her vert, late hit against Erpenstein, but the German should be pleased with how she sailed today - although she may not have been happy to finish 6th - Wahl delivered some of the highest risk, late hits of the day.
Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / Duotone / Shamal Sunglasses) successfully defended his single elimination crown by defeating Jaeger Stone (Starboard / Severne / SWOX / Shamal Sunglasses), which means Fernandez shoots to the top of the overall rankings. The Spaniard immediately placed Stone under pressure by landing a massive double forward, which was made even more impressive given the lighter winds, to earn 8.45 points. And from there the two-time world champion never looked back and will now head into Sylt with destiny in his own hands as he bids to win world title No.3.
Jaeger Stone fought his way back from 4th in the Single Elimination to 2nd today as he firstly defeated Ricardo Campello (Brunotti Boards / Point-7) with a big and stylish one-hand, one-foot backloop, while looking in sync with the waves and consistently blowing out the fins.
Having defeated Campello, Stone then produced the highest scoring heat of the day in Heat 50 against Adam Lewis (Fanatic / Duotone / SWOX) - 20.56 points - as the Australian landed a massive one-hand, one-foot backloop while looking extremely calm and relaxed - almost looking like he was free sailing at times such was his flow at that stage. Stone earned wave scores of 7.62 and 6.12 points - linking vertical stylish turns with a taka to take down the Brit and move into 2nd place. During those couple of heats Stone looked like he couldn’t put a foot wrong, but with the tide and conditions changing he couldn’t quite sustain that level of performance against Fernandez. Stone will still be happy to have earned his first podium since Sylt 2016.
Adam Lewis may fall one place from the Single Elimination to 3rd, but will still be delighted with earning his first podium on the PWA Wave World Tour. Against Stone, Lewis made a slow start and seemed to be a bit out of sync with the waves. And unfortunately, by the time the Brit had started to show the form that had got him into the Single Elimination Final, it was too late for him to overturn the result against an on fire Stone.
Ricardo Campello desperately hunted for the double forward in Heat 49 against Stone, but despite numerous efforts, he simply didn’t have enough power for the second rotation and landed several single forward loops by sheeting out and showing the immense control he has. However, he bows out in 4th here.
With the wind failing to improve the Women’s contest was officially called off at 5pm. The prize giving ceremony will be held at 8pm (GMT+1) tonight. Congratulations to all the winners. We’ll be back on Monday with an event summary.
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Result 2018 Tenerife PWA World Cup - Women’s Wave
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 Lina Erpenstein (GER - Severne / Severne Sails)
6th Steffi Wahl (GER - Sailloft Hamburg)
7th Ulrike Hölzl (AUT - Goya Windsurfing)
7th Arrianne Aukes (NED - Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins)
Result 2018 Tenerife PWA World Cup - Men’s Wave
1st Victor Fernandez (ESP - Fanatic / Duotone / Shamal Sunglasses)
2nd Jaeger Stone (AUS - Starboard / Severne Sails / SWOX / Shamal Sunglasses)
3rd Adam Lewis (GBR - Fanatic / Duotone / SWOX)
4th Ricardo Campello (VEN - Brunotti Boards / Point-7)
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)