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An epic day as howling winds and big waves bombard the shores of El Medano
Day 4: An epic day as howling winds and big waves bombard the shores of El Medano
The fourth day of the PWA Tenerife World Cup saw the best conditions of the week thus far as winds of 35-42 and big waves bombarded the shores of El Medano. The action which followed for the entirety of the day, was nothing short of epic, as the most radical sailors in the world launched themselves into the biggest gravity defying stunts on the planet. After an enthralling eight hours of competition we are now down to the final five sailors in the women’s double eliminations, which will be concluded tomorrow.
Amanda Beenen (Tabou / Gaastra) looked in impressive form in heat forty-four as she stomped a forward loop along with several fluid turns, including one top turn which the Dutch girl almost rotated into a taka. Beenen’s performance saw her through to the next round after defeating Caroline Weber (F2 / Sailloft Hamburg). The otherwise side of the heat saw Nayra Alonso (Fanatic / Severne) end Arrianne Aukes’ (RRD / Simmer / Maui Ultra Fins) fight back in the double.
Heat forty-five saw Alice Arutkin (Fanatic / North) and Eva Oude Ophius (Fanatic / North) progress as they defeated Katrien Smits (RRD / Hot Sails Maui) and Justyna Sniady (Quatro / Simmer / Mystic) respectively. When they met in the next round it was Oude Ophius came out on top as her forward loop and fluid wave rides clinched her the victory.
Next up for Oude Ophius was Nayra Alonso - who was the standout sailor of the day - and the Spaniard continued to excel in heat thirty-one as she booked her place in the battle for fourth and fifth place against Steffi Wahl (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg) tomorrow. Over the duration of the day Alonso demonstrated her stylish wave riding time and time again, as well as growing in confidence in the air as she landed super clean forwards and big tabletops as well as attempting a couple of backloops. Alonso will now have her sights on the podium after a fine fourth day in Tenerife.
The double eliminations are now beautifully poised for tomorrow. The fight for the top spots will be resumed tomorrow, with the skippers’ meeting being held at 09:30am and the action commencing from 10am. With a superb looking forecast it looks as though the finals should be taking place in epic conditions, so prepare yourself to see some truly breathtaking action on the water. Don’t miss a thing by tuning into the PWA TV at www.pwaworldtour.com.
Scope The Action
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