The world’s most incredible wave sailors were blown away by the insane conditions that Tenerife delivered between 14th-20th July. Seven days of mast high waves and howling winds ensured the official competition was completed in record time and the remainder of the days were spent relaxing and enjoying the El Medano wave sailing Mecca. Women’s Fleet
The women took to wave arena as the tide was at its lowest, making the conditions particularly tough. The fleet had to be extremely tactful during their heats to select the best waves and avoid the rocks.
Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) opened the competition with an enormous forward loop, keen to prove to her competitors that she meant business. Jaggi went on to defeat her opponent Julia Meijer, with a well-chosen wave enabling her to pull three smooth frontside turns.
Eva Oude Ophius (Naish / Naish) sailed her way to victory passed Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North) with a clean set of wave rides and a forward loop of her own.
First to fall victim to the rocks was Heike Reimann (Hot Sails) in her heat against Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde). Both sailors focused on their wave riding which saw them quickly lose ground downwind. Aubet made a narrow escape over the rocks; however Reimann wasn’t quite so lucky, catching her fin and rendering her unable to complete the heat and therefore granting Aubet an easy pass into the next round.
The most impressive wave riding in the women’s fleet came from Nayra Alonso (Fanatic / Severne). Alonso stole the show with a display of aggressive cut backs and accurate wave selection, guaranteeing the judges awarded her with maximal points and her entry into the second round.
The sisters Daida Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne) and Iballa Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne) dominated heats 21, 22 and 23 defeating Aubet, Alonso, Laure Treboux (Fanatic / North) and Jaggi) respectively to earn them entry into the winner’s final.
Jaggi and Alonso were left to battle each other for valuable third place in the loser’s final. Jaggi opened the heat with her trademark forward loop, whilst Alonso focused on her super smooth wave riding. Alonso took the advantage in the final few minutes of the heat, landing a clean forward loop and selecting a huge wave to ride all the way to the inside, securing her third place finish.
Tenerife witnessed a familiar sight on the PWA world tour, as the Moreno twins went head to head in the final. Iballa held the advantage in the opening few minutes of the heat, landing a stalled forward and then moving quickly onto a large wave to pull three aggressive turns. Both twins displayed an exceptional level of control of their equipment and made use of the whole competition area to land the largest jumps and select the finest waves. After her initial backloop crash, Daida pulled her performance back, picking out a mast high wave and landing two frontside aerials. She then focused on her jumps and landed an enormous stalled forward loop to take the victory.