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14 August 2004, 01:33 pm
The 2004 Gran Canaria Super Grand Slam Day 3
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PWA World Tour
Gran Canaria

Victor FERNANDEZ (Fanatic) goes all the way to beat Kauli Seadi (AHD/Naish) in the final of the second freestyle single elimination here in Pozo and Daida MORENO (Mistral/North) beats her sister to the top spot in the ladies fleet.
We waited from 8.30 a.m. until 12.30 for the swell to increase but the waiting was only repaid with an increase in wind but not swell. Josh ANGULO and Scott MCKERCHER (Starboard) were on the water proving that there were a few waves to ride but the sets were few and far between and very small so in the end the decision was made to switch to freestyle and keep the wave sailors on hold.

The second Freestyle single elimination started in 20 knots of wind and almost no waves. Early exists from Kevin MEVISSEN (JP/Neil Pryde), Ben PROFFITT (JP/Neil Pryde), Tonky FRANS (F2/Gaastra) and local sailor Jonas CEBALLOS (Fanatic/Gaastra) left the door open for some interesting heats. In the quarter finals Robby SWIFT (JP/Neil Pryde) went down to Cheo DIAZ (Fanatic/North), Ricardo CAMPELLO (JP/Neil Pryde) went down to Colin Sifferlen (Starboard) and the winner of the first double elimination Taty FRANS (Starboard/Gaastra) couldn't match the fire power of Spanish hotshot and Pozo supremo Victor FERNANDEZ (Fanatic) who was on a charge of kind we haven't seen from him in a while.

The Semi Final saw Colin SIFFERLEN v Kauli SEADI and Cheo DIAZ v Victor FERNANDEZ. Everybody went full on, especially Kauli who could see the door opening to an event rankings lead. Colin was looking good but Kauli was on form and used his extensive competition experience to advance to the final. Victor Fernandez was looking like he had this freestyle stuff wired and blasted through to the final.

The loser's final was now Diaz v Sifferlen and in his usual laid-back style Sifferlen was a good ten seconds late leaving the beach! Diaz wanted a podium position and he wanted it bad and went for it full on landing some sweet switch stance spock 540s and flakas to take 3rd leaving Sifferlen in 4th.

In the Ladies fleet it came down to the now familiar semi final of Moreno v Jaggi (F2/Arrows) and Moreno v Alonso (Fanatic). Iballa (Mistral/North) was keen to make it to a final and made sure she did everything possible to advance over Jaggi. Daida was looking in control and used her ability to score big jumps off the smallest waves to advance over Alonso. The Moreno v Moreno final was full of raw natural talent and smooth Spanish flare as both sisters slid and looped their way through a thrilling 6-minute showpiece of female windsurfing. In the end it was the Daida who took the victory and Iballa who had to settle for 2nd.

The men's final could have gone either way as Seadi was gunning for the top and Fernandez had slotted into top gear and was smiling all the way. 32 moves and 5 minutes later it was close. Seadi had attempted 15 moves and landed 12 while Fernandez went for 17 and pulled off 13. Both sailors had an equal amount of difficult moves slotted in to their repertoires but it was Fernandez with his switch stance back loop and super fast Flaka who was looking the smoothest on the water. The judges came to the same decision and the second single elimination went to an ecstatic Victor Fernandez.

This result has opened a major rankings issue. Seadi is now leading the event and Campello is down in 5th. With 5 days to go Campello will have to fight hard to regain a podium position here in Pozo but more importantly he needs to finish 6th or better to hold on to his World number 1 ranking.


Vivienne Masters (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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