Day 4 saw an early start for the women freestylers. In an attempt to beat the gale force winds of the day before the girls were freestyling before most people had even got to the beach.
The double elimination gives everyone a second chance, but there were few big chances in the ranking. Iballa was the one that made it through to face the finalists from yesterday. Poor Laura had spent the whole previous day in hospital with a neck injury, but seemed to have put that behind her already and went fully on the attack to win the heat and face Junko.
This was probably the closest heat of the day with both girls pulling nearly all there moves including Punetas, esliders and flakas. In the end Laura just took the win, but unfortunately couldn\'t repeat the performance in the next heat against Daida. That meant that Daida was the one to face Sara-Quita in the final. Sara put on a devastating display including double flakas, shakas and a whole bunch of switch stance moves. Daida fought back with a double and some ponches but didn\'t quite get the landings right, meaning Sara took the first double elimination victory.
Next up was the racers. The decision was made to run a long distance full fleet mega race. Using the race boat to do a "rabbit start" meant sailors had to pass underneath the boat as it raced across the start line. Things didn\'t quite go as planned, but it still didn\'t stop Antoine from ripping through the pack and busting out the other side in first place.
Pete Volwater was also flying, slowly picking his way through the pack to finish in s solid 2nd place. Taking 3rd was Kevin Pritchard, using a consistent performance to further cement his 2nd position overall. Ross Williams took the 4th place slot with some impressive racing. Having been involved in a crash at the start line, he litterally started at the back of the fleet waterstarting, and then fought his way back into the front by the end of the 1st leg. Lastly we have to mention Matt Pearch. Matt really seems to be loving the conditions here in GC and blitzed through the pack to finish in 5th place. Each day he seems to gain in confidence and could easily be pushing into the top 10 by the end of the event.
So with 5 races under the belt the results look like:
1st Antione Albeau (5 wins!!!) 2nd Kevin Pritchard 3rd Cyril Moussilmani 4th Bjorn Dunkerbeck 5th Ross Williams
Last up in the day was the junior championships. With a whole heap of young kids starting to rip in the high winds of Pozo this mini comp has become the highlight of the year for them. No surprises to see Philip Koester take the win. His perfect double was said to be the best of the whole contest so far. Taking 2nd place was local ripper Alessio Stillrich. Although he coudln\'t compete with Philips doubles, he put on a display that woudl have seen him through a few heats in the mens. 1 handed backloops and some stylish riding saw him comfortable in 2nd. 3rd place went to the visiting kid from Guadaloupe, Antoine Martin, and 4th was Ole Stindal, who also did some nice backloops, forwards and rides. Windsurfing has definetly a future!
Day 5 promises slightly more waves so there is a high chance of waves. Stay tuned to see what happens next!
Photo Credit: jc/pwa