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The 2007 Costa Teguise Grand Slam
Perfect freestyle conditions meant there was no delay in getting the first single elimination of the year underway.
In the women’s fleet. Nayra Alonso (Fanatic / Severne) elbowed last years rookie star Laure Treboux out in the first round. ‘I can’t believe it all came together so well’ said the over-the-moon Spaniard. ‘I landed everything I’ve learned in the winter which was really lucky considering the condition were often a bit tricky and gusty’.
Sarah-Quita Offringa spoilt Alonso's party in the semi-finals to set her up for the final clash, which Daida Moreno dominated.
Moreno was predictably ice-cool after this vital win. ‘I came into this event fully expecting to have a hard time from the rest of the girls, especially the freestyle specialists, as the standard is just unreal. I think that relaxed me and took the pressure of which just helped me do what I had to do to win’
The Slalom racers were released for the day at this point, as the forecasts are good for the rest of the week and the conditions steadily improving for freestyle.
The women’s final was a cracker. Moreno was using the ramps on the reef, which probably made the difference for her as Offringa concentrated more on the sliding tricks.
Daida was launching into massive back loops, pushloops, forwards and even threw two Air-Chachos for good measure. Of course she also busted-out a fairly comprehensive range of other moves like ponches, spocks and grubbies too.
Offringa fought hard with switch-stance tricks and impressed the judges with her up to date repertoire. 'Actually I sailed better and better throughout the day’ she explained’ This morning I was a bit sketchy, I was lucky to make the single final really, and then I found my feet. This afternoon’s conditions were better too as the waves left really smooth spots in between them for tricks while the rest of the course was choppy. But, Daida was on-fire and I was just amped to make the final and especially because I landed a Funnel in competition too’
Skipper’s meeting is at 10.00 tomorrow and the plan is to kick start the Slalom racing. The freestylers will be checking in at 12.00 to see if they’ll be back in action in the afternoon.
The growing swell could make for some all-time surf-slalom racing so be sure to tune into www.pwaworldtour.com to follow every development.
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© PWA / Brian McDowell