Sunday July 14, 2002


We are down to the final stages of the men¹s double elimination wave

competition here at the Gran Canaria PWA 2002 Gran Slam. The wind and

waves were excellent for most of the day but competition was eventually

abandoned at heat 61 when the high tide late this afternoon killed off the

surf. The sailors who are still in the running to face Kevin Pritchard

(Gaastra, Bic) in the ultimate final of the competition are Levi Siver

(F2, Arrows) Tristan Boxford (North, Fanatic), Scott Mckercher (Starboard,

Naish), Andy Wolf (Neil Pryde, RRD) Orjan Jensen (Proof, North) Jonas

Ceballos (Gaastra, Fanatic) Josh Angulo, Nik Baker (North, Mistral) and

Bjorn Dunkerbeck Proof, Neil Pryde).

In the top half of the draw Britain¹s Tristan Boxford had an excellent

afternoon at the office and managed to advance through two heavy duty

heats defeating Antoine Albeau (AHD, Neil Pryde) of France and Matt

Pritchard (Gaastra, AHD) of the USA. Boxford who is sailing with six

stitches in his left foot will now face Levi Siver (North, F2) in his next

heat. Siver only had to sail one heat today but faced a monster battle

against Norwegian high flyer Vidar Jensen (North). Jensen pulled out his

usual trumps cards including the one handed forward and Crazy Pete but

Siver found better waves and matched Jensens jumping with a huge back loop

and a super tweaked table top.

On the opposite side of the ladder there were key performances from Andy

Wolf of Germany and local sailor Jonas Ceballos. Wolf, who advanced though

heats against Xavier Huart (Mistral ,North) of France and Eric Troostheide

(Mistral, North) of Holland now faces Aussie wave guru Scott McKercher in

his next heat. Jonas Ceballos pulled off some of the biggest back loops of

the day as he advanced through heats against Tenerife sailor Daniel Bruch

(Arrows) and Pozo sailor Victor Fenandez (Fanatic). Ceballos who is tipped

by many to cause some major upsets here now faces Orjan Jensen in his next


With five days remaining here at the PWA Gran Canaria Grand Slam the stage

is all set now for a thrilling climax to both the wave and freestyle

competitions. As it stands the Pritchard brothers are holding all the aces

with Matt currently holding first overall after three rounds of freestyle

and younger brother Kevin in the top slot of the waves after winning the

men¹s single elimination yesterday. In the women¹s competition Daida

Moreno (Mistral, North) is holding first in both disciplines but is well

aware that the likes of Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows), Anne Marie Reicham

(Naish boards, Naish sails) and Colette Gaudagnino (JP, Neil Pryde) are

all hot on her heels.