The 2005 Lanzarote PWA Grand Slam – Final Day
Wednesday July 13, 2005
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The conditions provided a perfect arena for the final day of the 2005 PWA Super X tournament. Solid 20 knot winds and an increasing swell made for a challenging backdrop for the fourth and final day of Super X competition on the Costa Teguise, Lanzarote. The more rounds were completed today in both the men’s and women’s department.
In the first men’s final of the day, Julien Taboulet (F-100, JP/ Neil Pryde) was up against Taty Frans (NB-9, Starboard/ MauiSails), Josh Angulo (US-11), Robby Swift (K-89, JP/ Neil Pryde), Remko de Weerd (H-23, Fanatic/ Gaastra), Peter Volwater (H-24, F2), Diony Guadagnino (V-69, Neil Pryde), Kevin Pritchard (US-3, Starboard/ MauiSails), Nik Baker (K-66, Mistral/ North) and Ricardo Campello (V-111, JP/ Neil Pryde). Surprisingly absent in the final were Matt Pritchard (US-10, Tabou/ Gaastra) and Cyril Moussilmani (F-71, Fanatic), who hadn’t made it to the final this time.
In spite of the moderate swell, none of the riders got into trouble on the first jump. Peter Volwater cleared the first buoy in pole position, Pritchard in second, Swift in third, Baker in fifth and Frans in fifth place. On the forward reach, Volwater went too far downwind and was quickly overtaken by Pritchard and Swift. When it was spock time, Volwater went down, dropping out of the top 5. Pritchard and Swift came out clean and at the third buoy Pritchard was in the lead, followed by Swift and Baker. The second jump didn’t change things, but Ricardo Campello moved up to fifth and then fourth place before Frans. Frans managed to recapture his fourth spot on the last forward reach however, while on point Kevin Pritchard took the heat, before Robby Swift in second, Nik Baker in third, Taty Frans in fourth and Ricardo Campello who took fifth.
The lineup of the round 5 women’s final had all the usual suspects in it; Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/ North), Junko Nagoshi (J-11), Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/ North), Frida Wiraeus (S-93), Femke van der Valk (NB-05, F2), Karin Jaggi (Z-14, F2), Uli Hoelzl (AUT-123, F2/ Neil Pryde), Nayra Alonso (E-4, Fanatic/ Severne), Astrid Muldoon (F-2, JP/ Neil Pryde) and Silvia Alba (E-67, Tabou/ Gaastra).
lz05_Daida ready for finish
The second and last men’s final of the day featured Robby Swift (K-89, JP/ Neil Pryde), Matt Pritchard (US-10, Tabou/ Gaastra), Nik Baker (K-66, Mistral/ North), Peter Volwater (H-24, F2), Tonky Frans (NB-7, F2/ Gaastra), Taty Frans (NB-9, Starboard/ MauiSails), Diony Guadagnino (V-69, Neil Pryde), Cyril Moussilmani (F-71, Fanatic), Kevin Pritchard (US-3, Starboard/ MauiSails) and Julien Taboulet (F-100, JP/ Neil Pryde).
After the first leg, the Pritchard brother led the way followed by Taty Frans and Cyril Moussilmani. The forwards didn’t significantly change anything in the pecking order, with Kevin Pritchard rounding the second mark in first position, Frans in second, Matt Pritchard in third and Moussilmani in fourth. At the third buoy, Nik Baker popped up out of nowhere, sneaking past Pritchard and Frans on the inside taking the lead and staying up there until the last leg with a mandatory forward loop. Moussilmani went for the early forward and made it. Frans threw another one of his planning forwards and headed for the finish line. Baker and the Pritchards made no mistakes and rushed towards the checkered flag. It was Baker who got the gold, Matt Pritchard silver which proved to be enough to take the 2005 overall Super X title, Moussilmani got bronze, Frans took fourth and Diony Guadagnino claimed the fifth spot.
The last ladies final of the event was between Junko Nagoshi (J-11), Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/ North), Astrid Muldoon (F-2, JP/ Neil Pryde), Uli Hoelzl (AUT-123, F2/ Neil Pryde), Frida Wiraeus (S-93), Nayra Alonso (E-4, Fanatic/ Severne), Karin Jaggi (Z-14, F2), Femke van der Valk (NB-05, F2), Silvia Alba (E-67, Tabou/ Gaastra) and Yolanda Freites de Brend (V-26, Fanatic/ North).
At the first jump Alonso hit the wall and went down. Daida Moreno got it right and took the lead before Jaggi, Nagoshi, van der Valk and Hoelzl. The forward section did not disturb the top 4, but Alba snatched fifth place from Hoelzl. At the third mark, Jaggi went down and Nagoshi moved into second place, followed closely by van der Valk and Alba. Jaggi wouldn’t let go that easily though and by the fourth buoy, she was back in third place again. Daida was still comfortably in the top slot with Nagoshi behind her on her way to the overall Super X title. Daida Moreno crossed the line in first position taking her first Super X final. Nagoshi lined up for the jump and went for it, but it wasn’t to be for the Japanese as she didn’t clear the marker and went down only metres away from the finish line. Jaggi seized the moment and passed the jump and Nagoshi, taking second place and shattering Nagoshi’s hopes for the title. Silvia Alba managed to squeeze in front of Nagoshi, who recovered to take fourth place, before Astrid Muldoon who took fifth. And so it was Karin Jaggi taking the first ever PWA Super X title, by taking the Lanzarote Super X title and thus the 2005 overall.
Summing up the Super X results, the Lanzarote Costa Teguise PWA Grand Slam 2005 title goes to Matt Pritchard (US-10, Tabou/ Gaastra), second place is for Kevin Pritchard (US-3, Starboard/ MauiSails) and third goes to Nik Baker (K-66, Mistral/ North). For the final overall 2005 Super X ranking, this means Matt Pritchard (US-10, Tabou/ Gaastra) extends his world champion title, with Cyril Moussilmani (F-71, Fanatic) and Kevin Pritchard (US-3, Starboard/ MauiSails) sharing second place, Robby Swift (K-89, JP/ Neil Pryde) takes fourth place and Nik Baker (K-66, Mistral/ North) takes fifth in the overall rankings.
lz05_Junko falls Karin wins
Tomorrow the world’s best freestylers take over the Las Cucharas bay for four days of tricks and wizardry in the final and decisive freestyle event of the 2005 PWA world tour.