Nineteen-year-old local sailor Tonki Frans (Gaastra, AHD) has won the opening single elimination of the third round here at Sorobon Beach, the headquarters of the PWA freestyle finals.
In light winds blowing between 12 and 15 knots Tonki defeated Venezuelan freestyle maestro Ricardo Campello (JP, Neil Pryde) in front of his home crowds. The result yesterday means that Tonki is on course for winning the King Of the Caribbean title here in Bonaire. In the women's fourth elimination Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows) won again making it 2-2 against Colette Guadagnino (JP, Neil Pryde) after four rounds.
Tonki stormed his way through to the men's final today after defeating Tyson Poor, John Skye (F2, Arrows), Chris Audsley (Mistral) and his brother Tati Frans (Gaastra, AHD). On the other side of the draw Campello took down Antoine Albeau (AHD, Neil Pryde), Chris Sammer (F2, Arrows), Remko de Weerd (Gaastra, AHD) and Kauli Seadi (Naish boards, Naish Sails). In the final Tonki almost seemed glued to his rig as he slid through his repertoire of spocks, flakas and mind-boggling transitions. Campello fought his hardest but seemed to be slightly underpowered and struggled to maintain his consistency. Over a thousand spectators swarmed to the beach today to cheer along the Frans brothers, their home grown windsurfing heroes!
It was light but I sailed my best and I am on track for the King of the Caribbean. I think that is what the whole crowd expects from me. I am so stoked!
Campello's main rival for the overall title…Matt Pritchard (Gaastra, AHD), finished today in equal fifth after losing against a powerful performance the from Brazilian samba sensation Kauli Seadi in the quarter finals. Seadi then went on to take third place toady after defeating Tati Frans (Gaastra, AHD) in the losers final. The battle between Pritchard and Campello is extremely tight and tomorrow's double elimination results could determine the winner!
Nik Baker (Mistral, North) suffered a further blow to his hopes of winning the title after losing to Douglas Diaz (Fanatic, North) in the third round. Diaz was eventually defeated by Tati Frans in the quarterfinals.
1. Tonki Frans (Gaastra, AHD)
2. Ricardo Campello (JP, Neil Pryde)
3. Kauli Seadi (Naish Boards, Naish sails)
4. Tati Frans (Gaastra, AHD)
In the women's competition Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows) consolidated her comeback against Colette Guadagnino of Venezuela by taking a convincing victory in the three finals. Jaggi strung together a varied routine of intricate maneuvers including stall tacks, grubbys and spocks. The overall situation between the women is now neck and neck between Jaggi and Guadagnino and the stage is all set for a dramatic climax to the ladies freestyle finals here in Bonaire!
I had a pretty good day. It was super gusty but sometimes it just works out. Today I just felt really strong and at least it is going to be an exciting finish to the contest. I think I can do as well tomorrow as well as I did today!
1. Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows)
2. Colette Guadagnino (JP, Neil Pryde)
3. Tanja Emig (RRD)
4. Julia Deutsch (Naish)
WOMENS OVERALL RESULTS AFTER DAY FOUR
1. Colette Guadagnino (JP, Neil Pryde)
1. Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows)
2. Tanja Emig (RRD)
3. Julia Deutsch (Naish)
Bonaire is now officially on the map as one of the best freestyle destinations in the world. With a hundred per cent wind here at the PWA finals the event is already being heralded as a major success. Local brothers Tonki and Tati Frans have delivered inspiring performances that should trigger even more interest in windsurfing from the hundreds of kids who already participate in the sport here in Bonaire.
With two possible more days of action remaining the tension is now higher than ever here in Bonaire. With 65,000 Euros up for grabs and titles at stake we are all set for a sensational finish to the PWA world tour season!