A great weekend has been had out here in Fuerteventura. Saturday was a long day with the wind filling in for a short time, allowing only three heats to be completed before they cancelled and a re-sail was necessary for the last one. The heats saw myself and Svetlana Martynova progress through the first round of the double after being on standby all morning waiting for wind to go. Following the first men’s heat of the double we then battled it out against each other in the next heat , but this was to be resailed. The men’s saw Max Rowe sail an amazing heat landing many high scoring moves to guarantee him a place in the next round.
The rest of the day was on standby again, as we waited for the wind to come back, sadly it didn’t come through and sailors were released around 6pm.
Sunday morning again saw me on standby for the first heat of the day. Eventually, the judges decided to begin around 3.30pm with longer heats as the wind was still very gusty. I struggled in the light, gusty conditions but Svetlana sailed an amazing heat landing a smooth funnel, shuv-it and e-slider, taking her place in the next round.
The mens round saw Phil Richards up against a friend of his, Maarten Van Ochten from Holland. It was a very close heat and very difficult for all the riders in the difficult wind conditions, but Maarten pushed through to the next round.
The following rounds saw the ladies battle it out for the top five positions, Arrianne Aukes sailed well to keep hold of her fourth position from the single elimination, but couldn’t make it to third as she was knocked out by Venezualan Yoli de Brendt.
The Ladies final saw Laure and Sarah Quita battle it out again, after Laure sailed a brilliant heat against Yoli, but Laure couldn’t do enough to match Sarah’s powerful moves as she landed a Kono and a massive Toad (clew-first Ponch), amongst her other moves making Sarah-Quita the winner.
The men’s double is pushing on, as the judges make the most of the wind which finally seems to have filled in nicely for the competition. Tomorrow will see the final rounds as well as the possibility of a second round of eliminations for the ladies as it may be the only event of the year for the worlds best female freestylers as there is not yet confirmation on further events in 2012 for the Ladies. The forecast is good for tomorrow so everyone is looking forward to a great day of heats as we will also see the mens finals which is set to be breath-taking as the top riders in the world show us the worlds best freestyle.