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1 July 2005, 12:20 pm
SEADI And MORENO Superior In Pozo
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PWA World Tour 2005 - Gran Canaria
Pozo, Gran Canaria, Spain

Kauli SEADI (BRA) has taken the lead in the 2005 PWA freestyle ranking by claiming the single elimination in PWA Grand Slam Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria. In the final SEADI managed to hold off Anthony RUENES (FRA) in a very close heat. Third place went to Robby SWIFT (GBR) with Ricardo CAMPELLO (BRA) having to settle for fourth this time round.
The Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam 2005 picked up where it left off on Wednesday in the men's wave single elimination. In decent waves and hammering 4.0 winds, the first round continued with local high-flyer Vidar JENSEN (NOR) and Kristoffer LIVING (SWE) advancing in heat eight, JENSEN pulling off a massive forward and LIVING going for the double forward. In the next heat Klaas VOGET (GER) won from RUENES and Diony GUADAGNINO (VEN) displayed some big stalled forwards to take out Yann QUILFEN (FRA). Nik BAKER (GBR) baffled Kevin MEVISSEN (NED) with big tabletop forwards and a crazy Pete, while Marcos PEREZ (ESP) used his first hand knowledge of Pozo to stop Douglas DIAZ (VEN).

Orjan JENSEN (NOR) landed a big double forward and knocked out Frank DIAZ (ESP) and CAMPELLO impressed the judges with his huge stalled forwards to advance to the second round at the cost of Marcilio BROWNE (BRA). Kevin PRITCHARD (USA) had little trouble with Sergey MIKHEEV (RUS) and Colin SIFFERLEN (FRA) went big with a tabletop forward and a double forward attempt and went on to the next round, taking out Cyril MOUSSILMANI (FRA).

With four heats to go, the wave contest was then postponed due to lack of waves and it was time for the men's freestylers to get on the water to do their thing in Pozo's notoriously rough conditions.

The first round saw no major shockers, although surprisingly Germany's freestyle master Andre PASKOWSKI did not make it through to the next round and neither did John SKYE (GER).

In the second round, SWIFT out sailed Remko DE WEERD (NED) with his switch stance flaka's and shaka's while Thomas TRAVERSA (FRA) ended Taty FRANS (NED) run for the top. Victor FERNANDEZ (ESP) threw in a double attempt to knock out SIFFERLEN and SEADI finished off Frank DIAZ with a sick air chacho, just missing out on the landing. In the next heat, RUENES pulled off a big shaka and a double flaka, which proved to be enough to take out FRANS, despite his radical drum roll attempt. In an all Venezuelan duel, Douglas DIAZ beat his training partner Jose ESTREDO. MEVISSEN eliminated GUADAGNINO and CAMPELLO advanced to the last eight riders at the cost of Antxon OTAEGUI (ESP).

In the first quarter final, SWIFT and TRAVERSA hit each other with equally big shaka's, but SWIFT kept it cool in the super strong winds and progressed to the semi final. In the other half of the heat, fireworks between SEADI and FERNANDEZ ended in victory for SEADI, landing an air chacho right at the horn.

In the second quarter final, RUENES could not be stopped by Douglas DIAZ and CAMPELLO showed MEVISSEN how it is done with a shaka and another air chacho.

Semi final time saw SWIFT vs. SEADI and RUENES vs. CAMPELLO. SWIFT went in hard with spocks, switch-stance flaka's and a perfect shaka, while SEADI nearly stuck an air chacho and pulled off an clew-first spock, a pushloop and a ponch. On the other end of the semi's RUENES scored big points with a double flaka right in front of the judges and a big shaka. CAMPELLO pulled off a powerful ponch, an air chacho and went for a massive shaka, but crashed out on the landing. When all was said and done, SEADI and RUENES made it through to the final.

First up was the battle for third and fourth place between SWIFT and CAMPELLO. CAMPELLO opened with a ponch coming in followed by a backloop, while SWIFT started out with a forward and a spock 540. CAMPELLO went all out with a double forward attempt and a gozada, but it was SWIFT who took third place with radical stuff like switch-stance flaka's, ponchs in and out and a sick one-handed ponch right at the horn.

In the final the SEADI and RUENES were down to their smallest sails, as the wind was still strong as ever. Both RUENES and SEADI opened up with a forward after which they wowed the crowds with a simultaneous flaka. RUENES then proceeded with a perfect big shaka, while SEADI opened his arsenal of tricks with a grubby 540, pushloop, clew-first spock and two ponchs among others. RUENES gave it his all with gozada's, a one footed shove it attempt and a double flaka attempt, but SEADI was simply on fire and left the strong sailing Frenchman with second place.

'This really comes as a surprise.' SEADI commented on his victory. 'After coming in second on the last two wave events, I have been focusing hard on wavesailing. Here in Pozo I have been tuning and training with my wave gear, getting it just right. I only went freestyling twice for twenty minutes. In the beginning of the elimination I feel I wasn't sailing very well, but as the contest progressed, I started getting into it. The wind was strong, just the way I like it. In the final I was on 3.6, sailing with no expectations, just having fun. All in all, I'm really stoked!'

After the men finished up their single elimination, the women freestylers went into the double elimination at the end of which yesterday's single elimination winner Daida MORENO (ESP) was waiting to take on today's winner. After the first and second round, it was down to Ania OSTROWSKA (POL), Uli HÖLZL (AUT), Junko NAGOSHI (JAP) and Yolanda FREITES DE BRENDT (VEN). HÖLZL sent OSTROWSKA back to the beach and NAGOSHI beat FREITES DE BRENDT to meet Silvia ALBA (ESP) in the next round. In that same next round, Iballa MORENO (ESP) was waiting for HÖLZL. HÖLZL put up a good fight, but MORENO moved on, as did ALBA who stopped NAGOSHI in her tracks.

In the next round it was ALBA vs. MORENO. MORENO put down an impressive repertoire with forwards, spocks, a strong backside aerial and a full speed clew-first spock attempt. ALBA had quite some moves in store herself, with a switchstance air-jibe, forwards and several spock attempts, but Moreno went on to take on Karin JAGGI (SUI). In her heat against JAGGI, MORENO pulled out all the stops with a one footed forward just missing out on the landing, a flaka attempt, nearly sticking it and a tabletop and constantly looking for that clew-first spock, but JAGGI beat MORENO on her own playground with a shove it, forward, spock attempts and a backloop attempt.

And so it was a re-sail of yesterday's final: JAGGI vs. Daida MORENO. MORENO wasted no time and opened her heat with a forward coming in and going out, while JAGGI went for a forward and a spock, but did not quite stick them. She redeemed herself with a shove right in MORENO's face. If MORENO was impressed, she did not show it, as she stuck a clean spock coming in followed by a forward going out. JAGGI pulled off a flaka, but crashed out twice on a spock, while MORENO did a spock 540 on the outside and went for the clew-first spock. JAGGI finally went big with a shaka attempt, but MORENO refused to be beaten thus winning the double elimination as well.

PWA/Axel van Weel (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Kauli SEADI in action:© PWA/Carter
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