The next stop on the PWA world tour is well underway, with both the slalom sailors and freestylers in action. Danielle Lucas takes the reporting reigns, bringing you all the latest from Fuerteventura.
The last day of the Fuerteventura Freestyle World Cup saw many changes in positions throughout the ladies and mens competition as the riders fought in strong winds to improve their results. Finally the wind came through putting most of the ladies on 3.7’s and the men on 4.2-4.5 metre sails and saw an increase in waves and chop in the competition area, making the heats very exciting to watch as the riders could really pull out their biggest best tricks.
The ladies had a second single elimination, following which they were surprised to be told they would also have a double elimination immediately afterwards. Arrianne Aukes sailed amazing heats, taking 3rd place as she passed Yoli De Brendt in the single elimination. The double then saw Maxime Van Gent and Iva Chiochetti progress past myself and Sveta Martynova, to give them a chance to improve on their positions after the first elimination. In the later heats Arrianne held on to her position as she again beat Yoli to keep 3rd place and confirm her first time on the podium! She landed smooth funnels and flaka’s and spocks throughout the heats, sailing her best heats of the week to guarantee her position. Sarah-Quita remained in the top spot, yet again putting in an incredible performance with Laure Treboux in second.
The mens heats saw unbelievable windsurfing as the size and speed of tricks just increased by the second with the wind being strong enough to really show their true abilities. Steven van Broekhoven came back, sailing seven heats consecutively to bring himself into 2nd place, after a surprisingly early exit from the single elimination. His final against Gollito saw him pulling a huge shuv-it air spock but he could not beat Gollito who took the waves coming in as a perfect opportunity to sail out and perform incredible Air Chacho’s and other perfect moves right in front of the judges.
The next PWA Freestyle event will be held in Sylt in Germany, where the men will again battle out to decide the 2012 rankings. After this there is an event in Vietnam where there should be Mens and Ladies Freestyle to complete the 2012 tour. Hopefully we will be there to report but until then…GetWindsurfing!
Photos can be seen here from Danielle.