Monday July 15, 2002


The wind has finally taken a breather here in Gran Canaria. After five

days of hectic conditions and radical action sailors arrived at the beach

this morning to the scene of a light breeze and glassy waves. Many sailors

were welcoming a day off and taking the opportunity to relax aching

muscles, surf or retune their equipment.

Competing at the highest level of PWA competition can take its toll.

Several sailors have been forced to retire from the competition due to

injury. Pozo favorite, Iballa Moreno (Mistral, North) broke three bones in

her foot during training on the opening day of competition and will be out

of action until at least September. Argentinean wave guru, Francisco Goya,

(Fanatic, Arrows) is also out of action after hurting his foot during

training prior to the event. Our best wishes go out to Iballa and

Francisco for a speedy recovery.

Yesterday the men¹s wave competition reached its final stages but as it

stands Kevin Pritchard (Gaastra, Bic) is still holding the number one

slot. Pritchard defeated current overall wave champion Bjorn Dunkerbeck

(Proof, Neil Pryde) in the thrilling final of the men¹s single elimination

two days ago. Many sailors are still talking about the 30-foot high one

handed, one-legged back loop Pritchard pulled off in the final. The

incredible move narrowly gave Pritchard the edge over Dunkerbeck who

rarely loses here on his home waters. Pozo has once again has proved

itself as a location which inspires innovative moves!

Kevin Pritchard

"I don¹t think its good to have a day off. If we are going to do itSlets

do it! Hopefully for me it will be one more heat and then pack it up. I

have had the one handed, one legged back loop in the bag for a while. I

think it was definitely a big help in the final. I have another move I

have held back for the next one if it needs to come out!"

In the men¹s freestyle, Kevin¹s older brother Matt (Gaastra, AHD)

is also

holding pole position after three rounds. A further round brings discards

into the equation so Pritchard will need to stay on guard when competition

resumes. The likes of Nik Baker (Mistral North), Ricardo Campello (JP,

Neil Pryde), Antoine Albeau (AHD, Neil Pryde) and Jonas Ceballos (Gaastra,

Fanatic) are all in the chasing pack and will be out to snatch victory

when if the opportunity arises.

Daida Moreno (Mistral, North) is currently on top of the leader board in

both women¹s disciplines and will be determined to consolidate her

position when the wind returns. Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows), Anne Marie

Reichman (Naish boards, Naish sails) and Colette Guadagnino (JP, Neil

Pryde) will have different ideas and are all in the running for the podium


The forecast is for lighter winds over the next few days but in here Gran

Canaria the wind can make its own rules and we could easily be back in

action tomorrow!