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The 2007 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam – Day 1
Daida Moreno, photo PWA Carter
Some of the best wind and swell conditions the PWA has seen in Gran Canaria in recent years rocked-up right on time for the summer extravaganza that is the PWA Grand Slam at Pozo Izquierdo.
With Slalom racing and women’s freestyle also on the menu, and no shortage of wind forecast for the entire holding period, it was a no-brainer to get the wave single elimination underway.
Set waves of up to logo high rolled in, and as the low tide approached and steady trade winds blew, it became apparent just how high the standard’s shot up since last season - and even since the last event.
Jumps and maneuvers that were only really seen at the final stages in 2006 were standard in the first and second round heats today, and the old guard perched higher up the seeding certainly looked worried as they waited their turns to sail.
The women’s event was fairly straightforward despite the bar being raised from last season, and the Moreno sisters didn’t have it easy on their way to the final. Karin Jaggi (F2 / North) and Nayra Alonso (Fanatic / North) put up the biggest fight and they met in the loser’s final where Jaggi took the honors to secure third.
By now the lower tide had treated the women to some of the best conditions of the day, and neither of the finalists held back. Huge stalled-forwards, backloops and stylish riding were de-rigueur. Daida ruled the air and Iballa typically made the most of the waves.
Daida Moreno added to the spectacle by landing the first Pushloop-tabletop ever seen in a women’s competition, and it was a beauty, fully tweaked, high and boned-out for ages.
Daida talked us through it. ‘The heat was great as we had 10 minutes and a lot of time to work on scoring points. I know Iballa is strong in wave riding so I tried to concentrate on that first, before I landed a pretty huge backloop on the outside. After that I pulled a Pushloop-tabletop and then a big forward and towards the end I water-started out of a double forward. I was stoked with my performance, and I saw Iballa do some nice stuff – a high backloop and a tabletop forward, and I was sure it was a pretty close one, but we both came out of the water pretty happy’
After the single elimination finals the first round of the double elimination was completed and the plan is to complete the double tomorrow. All the racers and freestylers are on hold until the swell drops later in the week. Skipper’s meeting tomorrow is at 09.30.
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