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15 December 2002, 10:24 am
Campello Fights Back
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Ricardo Campello©PWA/Carter

PWA Freestyle King of the Caribbean

Ricardo Campello (JP, Neil Pryde) has won the second double elimination here on day three of the PWA freestyle finals.
The seventeen-year-old Venezuelan freestyle maestro took victory after defeating local sailor Tonki Frans (Gaastra, AHD) in the second of two finals with a 5-0 decision from the judges. Campello, who started the competition sailing below his normal standards returned to form and pulled off a wide variety of extremely complex freestyle moves. In the women's competition Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows) of Switzerland also found form and came out on top over Colette Guadagnino (JP, Neil Pryde) after the three finals.

Action started yesterday morning in the crystal clear water of Lac Bay as the losers of yesterdays single fought back their way through the rounds of the double elimination. Tati Frans (Gaastra, AHD) won key heats against Douglas Diaz (North, Fanatic) and Matt Pritchard (Gaastra, AHD) before losing to Campello in heat 65 with a spot in the final at stake. Campello then had the huge task of defeating yesterday's winner Tonki Frans twice in order to take the round. Despite Tonki sailing with his usual fluid style, Campello held his nerve and pulled of some of the hottest maneuvers of the competition so far. His armory of moves today included a switch stance one-handed flaka, spock diablos and one handed grubby Diablo. In the second final Tonki was slightly less consistent and failed to land key moves including an attempted chacho in the dieing seconds.

I had a great day. I am so stoked to be back…Ricardo is back! The first day I had a bad day and was 9th, I don't know why. I had the same thing happen to me on the last day of Canada. I guess it is better to have a bad day at the beginning than at the end. I am back and with all my power now and I hope I can sail like this for the rest of the competition. I want to get another victory here and hopefully I can fight back for the title. I will do my best. I hope I can do it…it is my dream.

Nik Baker who came into the event as one of the contenders for the freestyle overall had a disappointing day three after finishing in seventh. Baker was beaten by Dionicio Guadagnino (JP, Neil Pryde) of Venezuela and it looks like his dreams of winning the title here in Bonaire could be over.

I have had a frustrating event so far. I have pretty much everything that could go wrong…go wrong, it is definitely testing me. My equipment did not arrive on time, I broke the fin box out of my best board and the wind seems to drop off in all my heats. Today I sailed really well against Skyboy and thought that I was back on form. Then in the next heat the wind dropped when I was against Diony. I should of gone on my 6.4m but I suppose my confidence wasn't enough to hang on to the bigger sail is the wind picked up. I think the title has gone. There is no chance for me now!

Day Three Results

1. Ricardo Campello (JP, Neil Pryde)
2. Tonki Frans (Gaastra, AHD)
3. Tati Frans (Gaastra, AHD)
4. Matt Pritchard (Gaastra, AHD)


1. Tonki Frans (Gaastra, AHD)
2. Matt Pritchard (Gaastra, AHD)
3. Douglas Diaz (North Fanatic)
4. Robbie Swift (Neil Pryde, JP)
5. Ricardo Campello (JP, Neil Pryde)

In today's women's competition Karin Jaggi raised her game in the battle against Colette Guadagnino and took victory after the combined results of the three finals. Jaggi pulled of several key moves in her heats today and her repertoire included spocks, push tacks and willy skippers. The fight is now on between Colette and Karin for the overall title. As it stands Colette is ahead but after today's results it looks like Karin has turned the tide!

I am stoked to win today. If I had lost I could have pretty much packed up. I have looked at the judges' sheets and think I have a better idea at what I should do. I think I can win now…I hope so!

Day Three Results

1. Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows)
2. Colette Guadagnino (JP, Neil Pryde)
3. Tanja Emig (RRD)
4. Julia Deutsch (Naish)


1. Colette Guadagnino (JP, Neil Pryde)
2. Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows)
3. Tanja Emig (RRD)
4. Julia Deutsch (Naish)

The connotations of yesterday's results for the overall title are that Pritchard remains in first place but Campello has closed the gap and the next double elimination is vitally important. We still have three days of possible competition remaining so it looks like we are in for a nail biting finish to the PWA freestyle season!
Vivienne Masters/ISAF News Editor
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