LA COUPE DES ISLES PWA FREESTYLE GRAND PRIX, DAY 4

Thursday September 5, 2002

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The wind refused to play ball today here in the Magdalen s. Following an

intense day of competition yesterday, sailors have been taking advantage

of a rest day, to relax aching muscles, attend to any equipment repairs

and chill out whilst waiting for the hourly announcements. Head freestyle

judge, Klaus Michael made the call this afternoon to move over to Corfu

beach but the wind never picked up much above twelve knots. Local

forecasters are calling for strengthening winds overnight and it looks

like we will be back in action tomorrow.

Ricardo Campello (JP, Neil Pryde) took first blood here in Canada

yesterday after winning the double elimination final against Matt

Pritchard (AHD, Gaastra) of America. Nik Baker (North, Mistral) and Robby

Swift (JP, Neil Pryde) from the Team MPG took third and fourth slots, with

Hawaiian sailor Josh Stone (JP, Neil Pryde) and Kauli Seadi (Naish Boards,

Naish sails) of Brazil sharing 5th.

John Skye (F2, Arrows) who came to Canada lying in second in the PWA

freestyle rankings suffered further disappointment in the double

elimination. After winning his opening heat in the losers round against

Canadian sailor Oliver Matte, Skyboy lost his second heat to highly

talented tour newcomer, Konan Lang (Naish boards, Naish sails) of Brazil.

Meanwhile his British traveling buddy, Chris Audsley (Mistral) had an

excellent day by making it through to 9th after defeating Chris Dammers

(Starboard, Gaastra) and Konan Lang before eventually going out to Diony

Guadagnino (JP, Neil Pryde) of Venezuela.

John Skye (F2, Arrows)

I am pretty disappointed! I didn t have a chance to practice too much

before I came here. I stayed in Fuerteventura to train and there wasn t

much wind. I also had a bit of pressure on me before the event. When I did

well in the Canaries I had nothing to lose. Over here I was ranked number

two in the world and that has been playing on my mind!

Martin Van Geenhoven (AHD, North) is currently the highest placed Canadian

after placing 9th yesterday. Van Geenhoven took victories over Dutch

sailor Eric Troosthiede (North, Mistral) and Richie Foster (Naish,

Fanatic) before suffering defeat at the hands of Josh Stone in the fourth

round.

Martin Van Geenhoven (AHD, North)

I had a great day yesterday and made it through a couple of tough heats. I

eventually

lost to Josh Stone but I think the score sheets were pretty close.

Tomorrow I think we will be at Corfu, which is my favorite beach in the

Magdalen s. If it is windy I am hoping for some big jumps and maybe some

doubles!

Many sailors enjoyed a taste of island hospitality last night at the body

painting session in local bar Barachois. Brian Talma (F2, Arrows), who is

well known for his artistic talents, was given the opportunity to show his

skills with the paintbrush. A local female volunteer took the risk of

letting the Irie Man loose with the watercolors and ended up with a PWA

logo on her back and Caribbean style artwork over the front of her

anatomy! Talma had joined local artists up on stage and was jeered on by

the likes of Josh Stone, Vidar Jensen (North) and Diony Guadagnino.

With two days of competition remaining here in the charming Magdalen

Islands there is still all to play for and ample time for more rounds of

action. Locals are calling for 35 knots and if that is the case, the

contest could go out with a bang over the last two days!

RESULTS AFTER FIRST DOUBLE ELIMINATION

1. Ricardo Campello (JP, Neil Pryde).

2. Matt Pritchard (AHD, Gaastra)

3. Nik Baker (North, Mistral)

4. Robby Swift (JP, Neil Pryde)

5. Josh Stone (JP, Neil Pryde)

5. Kauli Seadi (Naish Boards, Naish sails)