The 2005 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam – Day 5
Sunday July 3, 2005
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gc05_ricardo takes the double
The freestyle double elimination was progressing rapidly in Pozo’s nuclear winds. The riders were putting up an impressive show considering the windspeed with big double forwards, aggressive ponches in and out, shaka’s, T-bones and many more radical moves. In heat # 62 it was decided who would take on the single elimination’s number three and four, Robby Swift (K-89, JP/ Neil Pryde) and Ricardo Campello (V-111, JP/ Neil Pryde). Leo Ray (F-200, Naish/ Naish) took care of Douglas Diaz (V-34, Fanatic/ North) and Jose Estredo (V-01, Fanatic/ North) knocked out Andre Paskowski (G-2, F2/ North).
In the next heat, Swift was all fired up and outsailed Leo Ray and moved on, while Campello finished off Estredo with several double forwards. When Swift and Campello hit the water to battle it out for a spot against single elimination number two Anthony Ruenes (F-85, Tabou/ Gaastra), the water started flying as the wind increased even more. Both riders went all out with shaka’s, pushloops, ponches and shove it into spocks. While Swift went for the one handed ponch right at the horn, Campello went for the double and a funnel and took the heat in the end.
Heat # 66 was against single elimination winner Kauli Seadi and Ricardo Campello in 3.0 winds. Campello was in spectacular form, doing big ponches in and out, all sorts of spock variations and big jumps like a shaka and a high pushloop. Seadi showed no fear by going for a double forward in the howling winds, but didn’t quite stick it. Although both riders were sailing very strong in the exceptionally brutal conditions, it was Campello who was being the most consistent, beating Seadi in his own game. Things were not decided just yet.
Before the freestyle mayhem started off, the men wavesailors completed the first round of the double elimination and progressed well into the second round before the waves dropped and the freestylers took over. Man of the match was definitely Orjan Jensen (E-19, North), launching into an amazing 40 ft backloop and sticking a skyhigh double forward without breaking a sweat. There’s three more heats to go on the ladder before the second round is completed. Forecasts are still looking good for wind and waves, single wave winners Kauli Seadi (BRA-253, Quatro/ Naish) and Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/ North) cannot lean back and relax just yet. Log on again tomorrow to www.pwaworldtour.com for competition day 6 of the Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam.
WOMEN’S FREESTYLE SINGLE ELIMINATION LADDER 1
WOMEN’S FREESTYLE DOUBLE ELIMINATION LADDER 1
WOMEN’S FREESTYLE RESULTS
MEN’S FREESTYLE SINGLE ELIMINATION LADDER 1
MEN’S FREESTYLE DOUBLE ELIMINATION LADDER 1
MEN’S FREESTYLE RESULTS
MEN’S WAVE SINGLE ELIMINATION LADDER
MEN’S WAVE DOUBLE ELIMINATION LADDER
MEN’S WAVE RESULTS
WOMEN’S WAVE SINGLE ELIMINATION LADDER
WOMEN’S WAVE DOUBLE ELIMINATION LADDER
WOMEN’S WAVE RESULTS