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Sarah-Quita Offringa breaks the tie with Daida Moreno after a gripping and controversial final.
Evi Tsape of Greece caused an upset early on in the women’s by knocking-out Iballa Moreno (North).
However Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde) and Daida Moreno (North) still prevailed and met in the final.
On this occasion, in another game of tit-for-tat, Offringa took the honors and the advantage for the double elimination showdown.
The top 3 rider’s in the women’s event seem to relentlessly rise to the top. Laure Treboux (Naish / Naish) found Daida Moreno too much of a handful in the concluding heats and just couldn’t book a place in the final.
With an equal first to resolve, Offringa and Moreno headed out to battle. Offringa immediately looked to be struggling in the patchy conditions as Moreno racked-up the points. That meant there had to be a re-sail under the double elimination system.
The re-sail caused some controversy. Opinion on the beach was split over who they thought had edged it, but the judges were unanimous by a 5-0 decision.
‘Wooohooo! I went out relaxed for the re-sail even though it was the one thing I’d tried to avoid’ whooped Offringa. ‘In the first final I was late and didn’t start upwind enough and couldn’t get the clean wind and smoother parts of the course for moves. Daida was in the right places and got all the tricks in that I couldn’t manage. For the re-sail, once I had accepted I might lose it made me loosen up and I made some sick moves – Grubbies, E-Sliders, a flaka, Puneta and a switch chacho. I didn’t see much of her during the heat and I ended up pretty far downwind away from the tower, but luckily the jury saw my good moves at the end of the 5 minutes’
Daida was visibly upset. She’d sailed a solid heat with a host of stylish and technical moves – flakas high jumps, clew-first spocks and more, all right in front of the judges and spectators. One thing is for sure - the next showdown in Pozo is set to be a cracker with scores like this to settle.
Event standings after 3 double eliminations
- Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde)
- Daida Moreno (North)
- Laure Treboux
Forecasts for tomorrow are for slightly lighter winds but are still positive for competition. The plan is to start with Slalom.
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