It was balls to the wall action here today at the Vargas, Gran Canaria, PWA wave

Grand Prix. With wind and waves building throughout the day, competition commenced

early this afternoon and three rounds of the men’s single elimination were

completed. The eight remaining sailors who have made it to through to the quarter

finals are Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Proof, Neil Pryde), Marcos Perez (Mistral, North)

Pierrick Wattez (Bic, Neil Pryde) Josh Angulo (RRD), Kevin Pritchard (Bic, Gaastra),

Vidar Jensen (Drops, North), Peter Voltwater (F2, Arrows) and Xavier Huart (Mistral,


From the word go today the action went ballistic as sailors battled it out

on the water. Huge jumps were going off in every heat and amongst the moves

performed today were double forward loops, Table top forwards and huge one handed

back loops. The big upset of the day had to be the elimination of World Wave

Champion Francisco Goya (Fanatic, Arrows) by French sailor Xavier Huart. The

Argentinean wave guru seemed under powered for much of his heat, he managed

to fill out his scorecard but Huart had far better waves and bigger jumps.

Matt Pritchard (Gaastra, AHD) returning to competition after his ankle injury

was another victim in the early rounds and was defeated in the second heat of

the day by Aussie sailor Steve Allen (Fanatic, Gaastra). Josh Stone (JP, Neil

Pryde) was the next big name to fall with local sailor Marcos Perez the man

to blame for Stones misery!

Amongst the big moves of the day was a huge double forward by the crazy French

sailor Robert Teriitehau (North, Bic). Powered up on his 4.4m Robert had the

crowds all cheering at his monster jump, unfortunately it wasn’t enough

to get him through his heat against yet another local Gran Canarian Dario Ojeda

Nilsen (Neil Pryde).

The stage is now set for a dramatic climax to the men’s single elimination

tomorrow. The wind is still howling and it looks like we are going to be in

for another awesome day of radical action. Also on standby for tomorrow are

the women’s fleet and Moreno twins, Daida and Iballa will be hungry to

do well here on their home waters.


“It was really good today. In the afternoon the waves were quite big and

we had enough wind for big jumps and side-shore wave riding. My next heat is

against Bjorn, he is sailing really well in these conditions and he knows the

spot the same as me. I was on a 4.2m sail today which is my favourite sail size

to use in the Canaries”


“I had fun today, it was real hard for me but I am hanging in there. The

wind was a bit gusty so it was hard work out there, I was using all of my energy

the whole time! I am stoked!”


“The wind just dropped during my heat, there was not much I could do! I

have to take the long road now!”


“It was pretty good out there, the conditions were awesome. I am pretty

stoked to get through today. I have Vidar in my next heat so that is going to

be a tough one, we will have to see how it goes!”


“It was just getting better and better all day. I am pretty happy with

the way I sailed and I am looking forward to tomorrow. I am going to have a

good night’s rest tonight. Today worked out perfect for me, I had a lot

of fun!”