Here in Pozo we have had an action packed day, crowning the single elimination champions in both the men's and women's fleet.
The men's final saw a familiar face here in Gran Canaria reclaiming his King of Pozo position... it was of course Philip Koster that not only won the final, but put on an exceptional display of jumping and waveriding finesse, here in Pozo. The final, where Mussolini put in some incredible wave scores to kick things off and worry the former champion, then became the perfect opportunity for Koster to showcase a planing double, perfect pushloop forward and a very close triple attempt. Koster got the wave scores in the end too, with a reverse and some great hacks racking up his score yet further.
In the women's final it was another two familiar and local faces, as the Moreno twins (also the event organisers) both made it through to the final. It looked like it would be Iballa beating her sister for a large proportion of the heat, but then Daida came from behind with a slick table top forward and her trademark backloop to regain the win.
Performance of the day, aside from Koster, probably goes to Dany Bruch who took down Brawzinho, Antoine Martin and THEN Thomas Traversa in the losers final to take 3rd place. And in the women's draw it was Sarah-Quita Offringa who stormed through the heats to make it into the losers final with an on form Amanda Beenen.
We have our final four... Koster vs. Traversa and Bruch vs. Mussolini The two semi-finals are about to go live from Pozo... we have to say it is looking like Koster is, obviously, super strong in his jumping nailing over 37 points in his previous heat; not that you can ever rule out the reigning champion Traversa. But with regards to Musso vs. Bruch... it's all to play for!
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We are mid-way through day one here in Pozo and it is kicking off exactly as we thought it would be! At the top half of the draw Philip Koster and Ricardo Campello are both absolutely on fire landing the cleanest stalled doubles and push forwards, setting them ahead of most... but these two will now face each other in the first heat of the third round. Dany Bruch has just pulled off the heat of his life to take down Marcilio Browne, whilst Antoine Martin narrowly defeated Jaeger Stone. Browne had been looking one of the most on form riders before the competition but just couldn't get it together in his heat vs. Bruch... and Bruch took full advantage. Elsewhere Swift beat Jules Denel to also secure his spot in the quarter finals. The wind is up and down, but still blowing enough for some of the guys on 3.0! After heat 14 of the guys they will also be sending out the women for their first round.
It's bright and early at day one of PWA Gran Canaria but action is already cranking! The wind is blowing with the guys on 3.3 and 3.7s and there is a bit of a swell running too so we should see some incredible action unfold throughout the day. We'll keep you updated right here with any behind the scenes action, plus stay tuned to the Boardseeker facebook page here. With the conditions providing the ultimate jumping playground it gives the likes of Campello the opportunity to really go big... we can't wait to see more of this over the next couple of days...