Pozo is over. And the sailors can already pack their 3,7 sails until next year.
Yesterday Saturday was as windy or windier than the days before. Early in the morning the head judge Duncan Cooms decided that Junko Nagoshi and Laure Treboux had to do a sail-off to decide who would finally stay in the third position in freestyle. It was not really good conditions for freestyle, with some decent waves and 40 knots of wind. Laure tried her best, but Junko was more solid in the howling wind and landed more moves, taking finally the third place in Freestyle, behind Sarah Quita in first and Daida in second.
Slalom sailors were finally release from the event, as it was too windy for the boats to make the race happen. There was no doubt who had finished in first, with Antoine Albeau only counting 1st places, and finally the second place was for Kevin Pritchard and third to the legendary Bjorn Dunkerbeck.
At about eleven it was decided to run a super session. And at once, the sailors from the first heat went out on 3,6’s. John Skye started off with a sweet double perfectly landed right in front of the judge’s tower and the crowd at the beach. Philip Koester tried some awesome tweacked pushies, but couldn’t hold on to the sail on the landing of nearly all his jumps. However, he did an old skool rocket air that was said to be the highest jump ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!! With the crowd nearly in silence while he was in the air, the kid from Vargas impressed everyone! But in the end John Skye got a place in the final with some huge backloops.
In the next heat Ricardo beat the rest of the sailors in his heat and so did Kauli and Victor Fernandez on theirs.
The final was insane. Ricardo Campello put on his helmet, what meant he was going to try the triple. John Skye started again with a nice double and so did victor and Kauli. Some impressive huge backloops and pushy forwards were through by all four sailors. And then, Ricardo had the perfect run. The beach was pretty much in silence as the Venezuelan flew at full speed towards a big ramp perfect for the attempt. And there he went. One rotation. Two Rotations. Thrrrrreeeeeeeeee rotations!!!! Nearly!!!!! Two and a half rotations gave him the first position from the super session, followed by Victor Fernandez and John Skye.
In the ladys, impressive job from the girls doing big jumps on the 50 knots that were already blowing at Pozo. With the boys struggling to sail on 3,6, we could imagine how hard it might be for the girls. But there they went, and Daida through her double. Impressive. Nayra Alonso did some nice forwards and Junko was going for some crazy stalled forwards. But Evi did “her move", a nice pushloop putting her ahead of them. In the end, Daida won followed by the Greek Evi Tsape and Iballa in third.
Results: Men Waves: 1.- Victor Fernandez. 2.- Ricardo Campello. 3.- Dani Bruch
Women Waves: 1.- Daida Ruano. 2.- Iballa Ruano. 3- KArin Jaggi.
Women Freestyle: 1.- Sarah-Quita Offringa 2.- Daida Ruano. 3.- Junko Nagoshi.
Men Slalom: 1.- Antoine Albeau 2.- Kevin Pritchard. 3.- Bjorn Dunkerbeck.