Day One in Gran Canaria has seen some incredible conditions and a mixed bag for the British sailors.
Ben Proffitt, Adam Lewis, Jamie Hancock all took early exits. Proffitt just didn’t seem like he could get the waves and crashed jumps that we all know he can make on any day, even in Pozo. Lewis has some incredible moves, as always going for broke, however he just missed out as Traversa seemed to have some better counting wave rides. John Skye went through against Hancock with a solid heat, both sailors looked good but Skye’s how knowledge put him ahead. Ross Williams took out last minute entry Peter Volwater, and seems like he has a lot more in the bag, being relatively comfortable in the crazy conditions. whilst Swift took out Sanchez and now faces Browne in the next round. Horrocks also looked on form as he faced Alonso and took the win in a close heat.
On an more international perspective, the stand our sailors so far, according to Duncan Coombs, and many others on the beach have been Dany Bruch, Marcillio Browne and Victor Fernandez Lopez. Koester as always put up a great performance, but nothing compared to what he is capable on a good day. If Bruch and Fernandez keep delivering we could see a fierce battle to the top.
The end of the day brought the opening ceremony, with words from many of the key players in the event organisation, including of course the Moreno twins and Robby Swift.
Skippers meeting will be bright at early at 9am tomorrow morning, with first possible start at 9.30am and it looks likely the women’s fleet will be run first off in the ‘light’ winds. Remember this is Pozo light, so the ladies are still more than likely going to be heading out on 3.3s!
Keep up to date with the Live elimination ladder here – http://pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=1732
Catch up on all the action from today on the Mpora Live page here – http://live.mpora.com/pwa-gran-canaria
Head to the next page for more information and images from day one.