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The 2007 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam – Day 2
Women’s Double Elimination
The most spectacular resurgence in the women’s fleet came from Junko Nagoshi (F2 / Simmer) Her 5-heat streak of powerful riding and stylish jumps shot her up as far as hard-hitting opponent Karin Jaggi (F2 / North) would allow.
But, true to form it was Iballa Moreno (North) who then stopped Jaggi in her tracks to earn a place against Daida Moreno (North) in the final showdown.
The Moreno twins excel at their home break and so the encounter was intriguing and close. ‘I was just happy to even be in the final’ said Iballa. ‘I sailed a hell of a lot better than in the single final yesterday. I concentrated on jumping first as I know that’s Daida’s strength, but then I saw her land a push-table, and some nice forwards, and finally a double. She crashed that and then I went for one too and smashed down myself right next to her! I’m stoked to have pushed her and the decision was a lot closer than the day before, so who knows, next time eh?’
Daida Moreno seemed to agree on how narrow the margin was ‘The waves were worse than yesterday. The ramps were scarce and there were a lot of double-ups and reforms, which made choosing a nice section hard, and especially difficult to link a ride well. Luckily they extended the heat duration to 12 minutes so that took the pressure off as the sets were only really coming every 5 or 6 minutes. I was on a 3.7 and started by working on jump scores. I made a push-table, a high backloop – one-handed, some forwards and then I went for a double, but I’d rushed into it really and got slammed. It was funny as then Iballa came flying by me with a double of her own, right by my side! I’m happy to win as it was close and could’ve gone either way’
After 3 wave events Kauli Seadi leads the tour and Fernandez is in second despite 2 back-to-back event wins. Josh Angulo who blew-out today in the 4th round is in third. Daida Moreno leads the women’s tour ahead of Karin Jaggi in 2nd and Iballa Moreno, the 2006 world champ is in 3rd.
Skipper’s meeting tomorrow is at 09.30 and the plan is to start the Slalom racing event. There’s plenty of wind forecast and the action promises to be spectacular.
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