The 2006 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam Day Eight

29.07.06 – By: PWA/McDowell

Jose Estredo (V-1, Fanatic/ North Sails) and Sara-Quita Offringa (ARU-91 Starboard / MauiSails) stay un-challenged for now as a lack of wind stops the double elimination being completed at Sotavento.

Iballa looking relaxed ahead of her clash with Treboux

New talent Treboux

Kiri Thode always out having fun

It was a long hot day at the beach for competitors waiting to complete the double elimination at Sotavento, Fuerteventura today. But even without wind the carnival atmosphere at the event site rocked on with large crowds rubbing shoulders with the stars, and enjoying the atmosphere around the 3000sqm party tent.

Earlier in the week, young talents Estredo and Offringa forced their way into the event lead with stunning displays of new-skool tricks and technical skill. Anyone wanting to beat them must battle their way through the top four placed riders from the single elimination. At the end of competition last night it was Taty Frans (NB-9, Starboard/ MauiSails) and Laure Treboux (SUI-4 Naish / Naish) who’d clawed their way back through the men’s and ladies ladders towards the final stages. Standing in Taty Fran’s way are Anthony Ruenes (F-85, Tabou/ Gaastra), Kiri Thode (NB-61 Gaastra / Starboard), Tonky Frans (NB-7 F2 / Gaastra) and leader Estredo, whilst Treboux would have to beat Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/ North Sails), Silvia Alba (E-67), Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/ North Sails) and Offringa twice to take the event lead! All the top placed seeds are at the top of their game right now, and with revolutionary new tricks all round, the action promises to be of the highest level ever seen in Professional windsurfing history.

The forecast for tomorrow is positive with typical trade winds set to return.


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