We are still on hold here at the PWA Gran Canaria, 2002 Grand Slam. The nuclear winds of Pozo wind have currently deserted us but look set to return before the end of the competition.
This morning the sponsorship flags at the contest site were barely fluttering in the wind, even the huge fans, which surround the event site had stopped turning. This time of year in Pozo it is a rare event to have less than 30 knots plus! By mid afternoon the breeze picked up and some sailors took to the water but conditions never quite picked up to the levels required for official action.
Lacking competition sailors have been relaxing in Pozo's town. Café Cutre and the Bar de Ola have apparently been doing a roaring trade with their specialty bocadillos. Day seven has been a chance for recreation and relaxation although the sailors are well aware that here in Pozo it could be blowing 50 knots within 48-hours.
With three days still remaining of the competition there are still plenty of scores to be settled. Last years winner Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Proof, Neil Pryde) who is currently lying in second place of the men's wave competition will be hungry to get his revenge over arch rival Kevin Pritchard (Bic, Gaastra) who beat him in the single elimination final. The big man from Spain who recently married here in Gran Canaria is celebrating his 33rd birthday today. July 16th is also the birthday for young Ricardo Campello (JP, Neil Pryde) of Venezuela. Campello who is seventeen today has performed brilliantly here in Gran Canaria and is holding third position after three rounds of men's freestyle. The fact Campello shares the same birth-date as the twelve times world champion could be omen for the future!
Ricardo Campello "I am not partying tonight that will only happen if I win. My goal is to be a world champion. Hopefully I will be celebrating being the world champion in freestyle by the end of this year!"
With only three days of the event remaining the tension is building here in Gran Canaria. When competition resumes the stakes are high in both wave and freestyle. The current leaders will be under huge pressure to hold their nerve as the chasing pack challenge for the podium positions.