The opening four days of the 2016 Gran Canaria Wind & Waves Festival saw the next generation of windsurfers battling it out and they showed that the sport is in safe hands with several exciting performances from potentially the next world champions. After patiently waiting their turn the pros were finally unleashed on Day 5 in what proved to be one of the windiest days of competition ever with gusts of well over 50 knots being recorded, which saw the world’s most radical sailors reaching for their smallest equipments as the action on the water went off. Come the end of the event it was Daida Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) who had rightfully claimed her place on the top of the podium.
Daida Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) proved unbeatable in Pozo Izquierdo once again as the multiple time world champion produced an outstanding performance to claim an emphatic victory in the opening contest of 2016. Daida has only lost here once in her career and she used her local knowledge, while oozing style and flair to defeat Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) in the final. On her way to victory Daida landed an amazing tabletop forward, stalled forward and a stylish backloop, while also looking hugely impressive on the wave with frontside airs and takas. Daida looks a formidable force and it’s hard to see her being beat going into the next event in Tenerife, since she has won there for the past 3 seasons.
Sarah-Quita Offringa headed to Pozo early this year to make sure she was in tune with the conditions and her move paid dividends as she recorded her best result to date on the PWA Wave World Tour. The lady from Aruba claims a superb 2nd place in Pozo after landing radical pushloops and a perfectly executed taka to earn a 9 point wave ride. Offringa finished 3rd overall in the waves last year and she’ll now try and build on this result heading into Tenerife.
Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) was unfortunate in her semifinal against Offringa as the reigning world champion broke her board during the heat and never quite looked as comfortable on a different board. However, Iballa, deserves great credit for the way she put the disappointment of missing out on the final by producing a fantastic display against Amanda Beenen (99NoveNove / Point-7) to secure 3rd place and she’ll be back challenging for the top in Tenerife.
Amanda Beenen improves by one place on her performance here last year to walk away with 4th. The 29 year old landed several tabletop forwards to inflict the damage in the quarterfinals against Steffi Wahl (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg). Beenen will be more dangerous in Tenerife having spent several years training there in the past.
Four women share joint 5th in the opening contest of the year — Steffi Wahl, who once again impressed with her wave riding, Justyna Sniady (Simmer / Simmer / Mystic), Alice Arutkin (Fanatic / NorthSails) and Lina Erpenstein (Patrik / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins), who records her best result to date
Over Result Gran Canaria Wind & Waves Festival — Women’s
1st Daida Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
4th Amanda Beenen (99NoveNove / Point-7)
5th Alice Arutkin (Fanatic / NorthSails)
5th Lina Erpenstein (Patrik / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
5th Steffi Wahl (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg)
5th Justyna Sniady (Simmer / Simmer / Mystic)
photos Janos Schmidt