The PWA Lanzarote Freestyle and Super X Grand Slam Day 2
We are getting towards the final stages of the double elimination here in Lanzarote. The top sailors that have advanced through today's elimination will soon take to the water to battle it out for a place in the semi finals to go up against Diony Guadagnino (Neil Pryde) who placed second in yesterdays elimination the winner of this will go up against freestyle master and the winner of yesterdays competition, Kauli Seadi. Still remaining in the double we have 2 French speakers, 3 Brazilian speakers and 1 Spanish speaker. We will bring you the final results as soon as today's competition is over. Watch this space for all the news and inside info direct from the beach here in Lanzarote.
The heat is on here in Lanzarote. The early rounds of the double elimination have been completed and the competition is in full swing.
Young Kiri Thode (Starboard/Gaastra) has been showing good form in the early rounds. Kiri who is the youngest competitor at this event at 14 years old and weighing no more than 50kg is using a tiny 3m sail to enable him to handle the gale force winds that are blowing cross off shore here in Costa Teguise. Unfortunately for Kiri his quest for glory was stopped by Kristoffer Living (AHD/North) who at 80kg has been using a 4.0m sail and his far better built for handling the conditions. Be sure to keep an eye on this youngster especially when the wind is lighter and his light weight becomes an advantage.
Elsewhere in the double elimination Robby Swift (JP/Neil Pryde) has recovered from his early exit yesterday and has just dispensed with Maui local Nik Warmuth (Starboard/Gaastra). As the day progresses we will be seeing some awesome battles as we reach the final stages of this first double elimination.
Check back for more updates as the day and the action progresses here in Lanzarote.
The wind is hurtling through the competition area at over 30 knots and the world's elite freestylers are preparing for the start of the double elimination on this the second day of the PWA Lanzarote Freestyle and Super X Grand Slam.
After yesterdays all action single elimination, today will see some tough heats in the double elimination. The double elimination allows all sailors another chance to climb up the rankings. The first round of the double elimination sees Antoine Albeau (AHD/Neil Pryde) go up against local ripper Juan Daniel Rodriguez - experience against local knowledge, it will be an interesting heat. Also in the first round we see a heat full of young, natural talent with 3 friends going up against each other, NB50 Ruben Pedrisie, NB61 Kiri Thode and NB1111 Jayson Jonge all from Bonaire will be putting aside their companionship and battling for a place in the next round of the double elimination.
Watch this space for more updates throughout the day as the action unfolds here in Costa Teguise....