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30 June 2005, 09:48 am
MORENO Wins Women's Freestyle Single Elimination
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PWA World Tour 2005 - Gran Canaria
Pozo, Gran Canaria, Spain

Daida MORENO (ESP) brought the first home victory for the Pozo clan by winning the single freestyle elimination in day one of the PWA Grand Slam in Gran Canaria. In the final she proved too strong for Karin JAGGI (SUI). In the losers' final, Daida's sister Iballa MORENO (ESP) beat Silvia ALBA (ESP).
The first day of competition started in the morning with the men's wave performance. While the waves were small, the wind was fully pumping providing enough reason to get on with the single elimination. Advancing in the morning session were Kauli SEADI (BRA), Levi Siver (USA), Victor FERNANDEZ (ESP), Regis BOURON (FRA), Robby SWIFT (GBR), Julien TABOULET (FRA), Bjorn DUNKERBECK (NED), Matt PRITCHARD (USA), Jonas CEBALLOS (ESP) and Dario OJEDA (ESP). After heat five the contest was postponed due to lack of waves and it was the women's turn to gear up.

At 1300 hours local time the women were up for their first elimination of freestyle in 40 knot winds. In the first round, Nina TJERNBERG (SWE), Uli HÖLZL (AUT) and Ruth ELLIOT (GBR) advanced into the next round. In the first heat of the second round, Yolanda FREITES DE BRENDT (VEN) took out Ania OSTROWSKA (POL) and Iballa MORENO (ESP) reminded TJERNBERG who is in charge here in Pozo. The next heat was the passage to the final eight sailors for Junko NAGOSHI (JAP) at the expense of Andrea HAUSBERG (GER). In the same heat, JAGGI hit Anna JONSSON (SWE) with everything she ha's got, advancing into the next round.

At the other end of the ladder, ALBA knocked out Olga MALYSHEVA (RUS) and HÖLZL eliminated Nayra ALONSO (ESP). In the last heat of round two Marie Edlund TJERNBERG (SWE) disposed of Femke VAN DER VALK (NED) and Daida MORENO finished off ELLIOT.

In the quarterfinals Iballa MORENO outgunned FREITES DE BRENDT and progressed into the semis as did JAGGI, who beat Junko NAGOSHI with a clean flaka and then some. The quarters were the end of the line for HÖLZL, who could not beat ALBA's spock 540's and overall strong performance. Last but not least to advance into the semi final was Daida MORENO, who was taking no prisoners against Marie Edlund TJERNBERG with a big backloop and a one footed forward right at the start horn.

So the semi final saw Iballa MORENO against JAGGI and ALBA face Daida MORENO. Daida MORENO went big with a massive backloop and a radical tabletop forward and while ALBA threw out a spock 540 and a tabletop, it was not enough to stop MORENO on her way to the top. JAGGI made sure the final would not be an all MORENO showdown, by beating Iballa MORENO with shove its, flaka's and an audacious shaka attempt. MORENO went all out with a full speed clew first spock attempt, but in the end it was JAGGI who took it.

In the loser's final Iballa MORENO faced ALBA. MORENO went big with a crazy Pete attempt and nearly stuck an aggressive clew first spock 540. With solid forwards and a spot on willy skipper, the Pozo local was too much to handle for ALBA who was going for spocks and sticking some good forwards both going out and coming in. At the sound of the horn, Iballa MORENO claimed third place in front of ALBA who had to settle for fourth.

In winds that were still howling, it was then time for Daida MORENO and JAGGI to fight it out for the top spot on the podium. MORENO had a firing start with a sick spock right at the horn. JAGGI answered with a forward and a spock 540, while MORENO stuck a spock 540 of her own going out and threw a forward coming back in. JAGGI had no intention of going easy on MORENO as she pulled off a shove it and went for the flaka, but did not quite make it. MORENO was only getting warmed up and made a forward and a clean backloop and another spock 540. JAGGI retaliated with a backloop attempt and a flaka, which she landed perfectly this time. But MORENO was unstoppable with two radical ponch attempts at the end of the heat, taking victory over JAGGI.

After the completion of the women's freestyle single elimination, the men were back on as wavesailing conditions had improved sufficiently. In the heats after the break, Alex MUSSOLINI (ESP) beat Ron BAREL (ISR) with a tabletop forward right in front of the judges and a clean taka. Antoine ALBEAU (FRA) took out Michael RICHARD (FRA) with a big frontside 360. Ben PROFFITT (GBR) moved into the next round with his tabletop forwards, as did Greg ALLAWAY (AUS) with a big backloop and a taka. Unfortunately the waves dropped again and that was it for the day.

Today's skipper's meeting is set for 0930 hours local time.

PWA/Axel van Weel (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Single elimination winner, Daida MORENO:© PWA/Troostheide
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