Zoo Station PWA Slalom Croatia
The second day of 2020 Zoo Station Croatia PWA Slalom World Tour saw lighter winds than on the opener, but there was still plenty of wind to race, particularly with the evolution of foiling greatly reducing the minimum wind requirements. Competitors today generally raced on 7.0-9.0m depending on whether they chose fin or foil.
At this event, the Men’s Foil and Slalom are combined as one discipline with competitors being given the choice whether to use fin or foil, while the Women’s Division Foil & Slalom are still being run as separate disciplines.
Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) started the day as the overnight leader and at the close of play on day two, the Pole still heads the event ranking. The 28-year-old started the day strongly - notching up his second bullet in the opening three races to extend his lead, but over the remainder of the day - Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde) - slowly reeled Rutkowski back in by claiming two bullets and a second place from the last four races to finish the day just two points behind Rutkowski.
Elsewhere, Bruno Martini (Future Fly / Challenger Sails) remains in contention with the Italian just another 2 points further back, but the top 3 are well clear of the rest of the pack with Basile Jacquin (I-99 / Point-7) being the next closest challenger - currently 10.4 points behind Martini.
With 4 more days of racing to go there’s still plenty of time for things to change, but it does seem as though the Men’s battle is developing into a three horse race for the title.
In the Women’s Slalom - Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / Duotone) - continues to dominate proceedings with the young Brit still holding a perfect record after the opening 8 races. The 22-year-old is yet to put a foot wrong on the slalom course and she claimed a clinical hat-trick on day 2 to extend her lead over Cargo & Alice Read (Patrik / Severne).
However, in the opening two Foil eliminations - Gibson - hasn’t had things all her own way with the Brit finishing 4th in the opener, while Read currently leads the Foil rankings after an excellent bullet and a second place. Adéla Rašková occupies second place after two solid second places, while Gibson moved back into the top 3 after winning the second elimination. After the first two Foil races just 3.3 points separate the top 4 - so there is all still to play for!