GRAN CANARIA VARGAS, AGUIMES PWA WAVE WORLD CUP 2003 DAY 5
In fantastic conditions the PWA ran an outstanding "ultimate move"
freestyle session today. With 10,000 Euros prize money the best
freestylers in the world literally leapt into action.
It was the first time this year the world's best competed together and a
clear sign of what's in store for the 2003 Freestyle World Tour.
So far in the history of Freestyle competition the world champions have
always been the "old school" windsurfers, largely due to their competition
experience, yet every year the "new school" young guns have been taking
more and more of the top ten spots. It has been universally predicted that
the new school will dominate freestyle for 2003 and Vargas became the
first true test of this theory.
Thirty-two men and eight women competed in side onshore conditions in a
force four to five, in ten minute heats with only the most radical move to
It was quickly clear that the new school moves developed over the winter
were going to score the highest points and so with no real shock, after
the first rounds the top sixteen were a real gang of youths.
From the old school crew only Matt Prtichard (Gaastra) the current World
Freestyle Champion, locals Vidar Jensen (North) and brother Orjan Jensen
(North) and Pete Volwater (F2 / Arrows) made it this far, but with the
exception of Vidar, they were all quickly eliminated in the next round.
This left us with the top eight, six of who were under twenty years old,
for the semi finals. By now the wind had increased and all sorts of new
radical crazy moves were going off, many for the first time in competition.
In the first heat of the semis Brazilian Kauli Seadi (AHD / Naish) and
Venezuelan Douglas Diaz (Fanatic / North) beat off a strong challenge from
Vidar and Frenchman Yannick Anton, by landing switch stance, clew first
spocks, flakas, ponchs, grubbys, forward and back loops.
As if this wasn't impressive enough, the eighteen year old Ricardo
Campello (JP / Neil Pryde) from Margarita and Britain's nineteen year old
Robby Swift (JP / Neil Pryde) stepped up the pace landing all of the above
and takas, wave 360's and the ultimate new move invented by Ricardo which
he calls the monkey flip, but judges are referring to as a shaka. These
two knocked out Tonky Frans (AHD / Gaastra) and Canada's Martin Van
Geenhoven (North) who'd been landing one legged back loops.
The finals were staggering. The roars from the crowds said it all. All
four of them sailed outstandingly, but as one of the judges said "Ricardo
landed about twelve moves which scored higher than anyone else!" He landed
two takas, a wave 360, a heap of his monkey flips, a ponch and more to
take the honors. Even beating Swifty's double forward loop which was
awesome, although not quite landed perfectly otherwise it would have
stolen the show. The seventeen year old Diaz finished fourth with twenty
year old Kauli in third.
The women's fleet have significantly improved over the winter too and
their final, which featured all eight of them would put much of the men's
fleet to shame. Daida Moreno (Mistral / North) landed a couple of clew
first forward loops amongst a series of other classy moves.
Her sister, Iballa Moreno (Mistral / North) finished in fourth overall in
her comeback after missing last year through injury, behind Holland's
Anne-Marie Reichman whose awesome wave riding has reached a new level
after hanging out all winter in Australia.
Former World Champion from Switzerland Karen Jaggi (F2 / Arrows) who'd
been out practicing all morning nailed some wicked spocks and grubbys to
finish second, but it was Daida who stole the show to win here on her home
Some hours after this wild contest finished, at 7:30 pm the waves had
picked up enough to restart the PWA Wave World Cup! So as a huge shock to
competitors the heats were back underway just as everyone expected to be
leaving the beach, having been here for eleven hours!
Australian Ty Bodycoat (Starboard) was beaten by Spaniard Iban Carlos
Hernandez, despite landing a massive one handed forward loop and tearing
apart the wave in a fashion only the Australians have been able to do so
far in Vargas. Iban scored very highly on a super tweaked table top and
really high forwards to win the heat where two jumps and only one wave
Denmark's Lars Peterson (Mistral / Neil Pryde) beat Britain's Andy King
(F2 / Arrows) as Andy, who'd been sailing more than anyone over the passed
few days and landing pretty much all his moves, failed to show much form
today. Lars had an amazing table top and some solid wave rides.
In the dying seconds of the next heat the wind totally dropped, saving
Britain's Ian Black from fellow Englishman John Hibbard (Starboard) who'd
landed a perfect table top forward and had some decent waves. Irishman
Timo Mullen (F2 / Arrows) collided with Xavier Huart (Mistral / North)
during their contest, but both came away unscathed (despite some
structural damage to Huart's kit). Timo went on to land an awesome one
legged forward loop which might have won him the heat if the wind had stayed.
All hopes for the contest move to tomorrow, the final day here in Gran
Canaria where there's still time to complete the event if the waves
The Gran Canaria - Vargas, Aguimes
PWA Wave World Cup 2003
Men's First Supersession Results
1 BRA 111 Ricardo Campello (JP / Neil Pryde)
2 K 89 Robby Swift (JP / Neil Pryde)
3 BRA 253 Kauli Seadi (AHD / Naish)
4 V 34 Douglas Diaz (Fanatic / North)
5= N 44 Vidar Jensen (North)
5= NB 7 Tonky Frans (AHD / Gaastra)
7= KC 25 Martin Van Geenhoven (North)
7= F 8 Yannick Anton
Women's First Supersession Results
1 E 64 Daida Ruano Moreno (Mistral / North)
2 Z 14 Karen Jaggi (F2 / Arrows)
3 H 98 Anne-Marie Reichman (Naish / Naish)
4 E 63 Iballa Ruano Moreno (Mistral / North)