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The 2007 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam – Day 5
photo PWA Carter
First on the agenda today was the women’s freestyle double elimination.
Women’s Freestyle Double Elimination
After struggling in the single elimination Iballa Moreno (North) dug deep and battled through pain in a gritty double elimination fightback. After no less than 6 consecutive heats Iballa’s assault on a place in the final was halted by her sister Daida Moreno (North).
‘Yesterday I had shoulder problems after an injury I picked up in Lanzarote’ explained Iballa. ‘I went to the Doctors straight away after competition yesterday and had some treatment. I was still suffering this morning, and feeling quite negative, but, in freestyle you need to be really positive. Daida came and talked to me really full-on and snapped me out of it by explaining that it’s all in the mind and that I should focus my mental approach. It helped as I forgot the pain and just took it heat by heat and that worked really well for me. I’m super-happy to have performed better and gone that far’
In the final Sarah-Quita Offringa and Daida Moreno once more went nose-to-nose to settle their dual here on the Moreno’s home turf.
Moreno came out of the blocks flying as Offringa fell a fair bit. Local knowledge prevailed this time and so, under the double elimination system, that set-up a re-sail to decide the winner.
Moreno’s confidence may well have been too high as she tackled the technical moves but crashed allowing Offringa the final say. Reviewing the two heats the young Caribbean star said ‘I didn’t think I was nervous in the first final and I sailed OK but fell a few times and then became fairly anxious. I was on a 4.0 and fully powered-up and it was nice and flat without too many waves – saying that though I saw her get a ramp for a backloop. In the re-sail I thought ‘This is double or nothing’. I had great support on the beach from Karin and Astrid and my Mother but I didn’t start so well. But after I made the switch-chacho and heard them all screaming for a flaka which I then pulled nicely. As heats go it was a solid one, but not as good as yesterday’s. It’s totally unexpected for me to be on top as I never though that at Pozo I’d keep the tour lead’
Women’s Freestyle Results after 1st Double Elimination
1. Sarah-Quita Offringa (starboard / NeilPryde)
2. Daida Moreno (North)
3. Iballa Moreno (North)
4. Laure Treboux (Naish / Naish)
5. Silvia Alba Orozco