Boards in Gran Canaria Day Four

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Today Pozo delivered some of the windiest conditions the PWA tour has seen in a very, very long time!

Most pulled move all day must have been the floaty jump, making a comeback due to Proffitt training diaries – check them out here - every sailor pulled off a good few floaty jumps, insane crashes, catapults and massive unintentional vulcan, really showing how windy it was.

Koester 1st, Fernandez 2nd, Ojeda 3rd, Bruch 4th. Image PWA/JC.
Koester 1st, Fernandez 2nd, Ojeda 3rd, Bruch 4th. Image PWA/JC.

Koester and Campello on 3.7, most other guys on 3.4 and those lucky enough to have 3.0s were on those, to say it is windy is an understatement and a half. Gusts well over 50knots came through the bay, making it tricky for all competitors.

This morning Koester stormed to victory in the final of the single, beating Fernandez in the final first thing. Fernandez’ style was incredible, seeming to have a lot of control in the conditions, but he didn’t land the moves we all know he is capable of.

Dario Ojeda took third place over Dany Bruch, both sailors getting some incredible wave rides, 360s and takas. Ojeda seemed to just have a better heat, getting more ramps and decent waves than Bruch.

As the double got going Adam Lewis made it through his heat with Levi Lenz with ease, but then there was controversy in his heat against local youngster Alessio Stillrich. Lewis pulled a one handed backie in the middle of the heat, seen by many on the beach but not the judges. Lewis protested, but as it was not seen by any judge there was no way back for him. Stillrich beat him by 0.5, so the jump would have taken him through, however Lewis will have to wait now until the PWA heads to his home beach in Tenerife to show what he is made of.

Skye then faced Stillrich in the heat after Lewis, and the young Canarian reigned supreme again taking down Skye too. Stillrich was finally stopped by Klass Voget in the following round.

Brawzinho. PWA/JC.
Brawzinho. PWA/JC.

Phil Horrocks was sailing well today, making it through his heats convincingly, until coming up against an even more on form Mussolini. Mussolini is on a roll and had already taken out fellow Brit Jamie Hancock in an equally close heat the round before.

Phil Horrocks “In my last heat I lost out to Musso, I had a bit of a shocker! It was super windy and choppy, it didn’t go well, I just struggled for waves. I’m happy with 13th to start the year, could be worse, could be better!”

The man behind the mic, Ben Proffitt, took his 3.4 for the whole day saying he was insanely overpowered right from the start. Proffitt still managed to make it through a couple of heats, taking out Ceballos before meeting and narrowly missing out to Seadi.

Robby Swift. PWA/JC.
Robby Swift. PWA/JC.

Ross Williams and Robby Swift were both massively on form today, going through heats with relative ease, until they met each other in heat 44. Swift took the victory, and now goes through to face Voget tomorrow.

There were injuries a plenty today, with Swifty getting a contest threatening injury:

Robby Swift from facebook “I dislocated my little toe but thanks to all the help from my friends I was able to sail the rest of my heats and I am still in the contest!”

Later in the day the ladies were sent onto the water, many being on the same sized sails as the guys as there isn’t an option for anything smaller! The crazy conditions saw another injury from Olya Raskina, who has damaged an old knee injury.

Olya Raskina. PWA/JC.
Olya Raskina. PWA/JC.

Olya Raskina from facebook “I’m in a cast now, all leg, the ligaments are damaged, but how seriously I will know tomorrow morning when I go to the specialist. Very sad and disappointed about the 60knots heat sailing conditions, I would never ever free sail in such wind. But anyway hoping it’s not too bad, gonna know exactly tomorrow, thanks everyone very much for all the help and support.”

On the mic on the Live stream, we have as ever had Ben Proffitt who has entertained the masses both on and off the water. While Ben was competing guest commentators have included Ricardo Campello, Laure Treboux, Dany Bruch, John Skye and Adam Lewis, who have been answering all of your questions on the message board.

Tomorrow the conditions looks incredible yet again, and with Voget, Swift, Browne and Mussolini advancing, to face Bruch, Ojeda, Fernandez and Koester it will of course be an action packed day.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow for all the live action – www.boards.co.uk/live – Skippers meeting 10:00, first possible start 10:30.

Check the next pages for the final’s score sheets plus much more.

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Ollie Acton

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