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23 May 2003, 10:39 am
Costa Brava Freestyle Day Two
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PWA World Tour
Bay of Roses

With the forecast now pointing towards strong thermal winds for the next few days sailors have been taking the opportunity to re-charge their batteries following the first day's incredible action.
To re-cap on the situation, Dutch sailor, Remko De Weerd (Gaastra, Fanatic) is currently in pole position after winning the first round final against seventeen-year-old French hotshot Nicolas Akgazciyan (AHD, Neil Pryde). The double elimination has yet to be settled so Remko is on standby to defend his top slot when the wind returns.

In the double elimination draw the Canarian contingent of sailors; Jonas Ceballos (Fanatic, Gaastra), Victor Fernandez Lopez (Fanatic), Vidar Jensen (North) and Orjan Jensen (North) could all pose major threats to the podium positions:

Vidar Jensen, is a past winner here and looked like he was cruising towards the finals yesterday. His advancement was eventually halted when Argentinean young gun Mariano Estivill (Arrows) pulled out all the stops. Jensen excels when the wind is cranking and he will be hoping for balls to the wall conditions so he can use his jumping skills to gain the advantage over the new school freestylers.

Vidar's elder brother Orjan is also capable of going all the way and has already proven he is a force to be reckoned with earlier this season after placing 3rd at the Tarifa PWA qualifier. Orjan can also bust out the big moves when required and now he has a taste for the podium, will no doubt be determined to put the record straight if given the opportunity.

The Canarian Young guns; Jonas Ceballos and Victor Fernandez Lopez are both explosive sailors. Combining a mixture of new school moves with mind-blowing jumps they are equally capable of putting together event-winning routines. Jonas went out in the second round yesterday up against Christian Sammer (F2, Arrows) who was firing on all cylinders. Victor, made it as far as the quarter finals until he was knocked out by the fluid style of Austrian sailor, Frank Lewisch

Alternative activities taking place today at La Ballena campsite, the event headquarters have included beach golf and tennis tournaments. In the golf, French sailor Julien Taboulet (JP, Neil Pryde) is currently holding the record for the longest drive although, Remko De Weerd, Leo Ray (Naish) and Nicolas Akgazciyan are all learning fast. On the tennis courts Mariano Estivill (Arrows) of Argentina has been serving up a few aces much to the dismay of his Austrian opponent Christian Sammer (F2, Arrows). Other sailors have been enjoying the hot sunshine and sunbathing beside the campsite pool, chilling outside their chalets or fine tuning their rigs in preparation for the next round of competition.

The tourist season is just kicking into action here in Costa Brava so we are expecting huge crowds to hit the beach over the weekend. Many will be coming here especially for the windsurfing although the area is also popular for golf, skiing, Parachuting, canoeing, sailing and diving. The Costa Brava coastline actually extends for 200km from Portbou to the French Border but it is here in Roses Bay where the water sports facilities and conditions are second to none.

With three days of possible competition remaining here at the event headquarters anything could happen. Can Remko hang on? Will newcomer Nicolas Akgazciyan be able to handle the pressure? Or will the Canarians fight back? Tune into this space for all the latest news and updates.
Vivienne Masters (As Amended by ISAF News Editor)
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