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The 2007 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam – Day 7
Starting the day well was Greece’s Evi Tsape (Fanatic) who made her debut here last season. A product of the Moreno twins’ girls’ camps, Tsape managed to string an impressive run back up the ladder, including victory over seasoned competitor Yoli De Brendt (Fanatic / North) to prove how much she’s progressed in the last 12 months.
Daida Moreno/photo PWA Carter
The focus this morning zoomed-in on the women’s freestyle event and the completion of the crucial 2nd double elimination.
Women’s Freestyle Double elimination 2
The hardest days work was probably Sarah-Quita Offringa’s grueling 6-heat struggle back up the ladder (Starboard / NeilPryde). She finally fell exhausted at the hands of Daida Moreno. ‘Today was a new day with new chances but it didn’t start well. It went better after I changed down to a 3.5 but I was dead beat by the time I sailed against Daida. I’m still pretty happy with my result though!’ said the worn-out 16 year old.
Moreno marched onward into battle with smooth sailing Swiss stylist Laure Treboux. There was something different and more motivated about Moreno’s approach today as she came out with all guns blazing to force a re-sail, whilst obviously loving the windier, wavier conditions. ‘In the first final I was on a 3.7 which was comfortable and I saw Laure struggle downwind while I made some one-handed spocks, and some forwards and I also got a nice flaka right on the finishing horn – I also tried a double for the judges just to make sure I had enough points. But in the re-sail I was struggling on that sail – I think Laure was on a 3.0 I tried my best and just did enough to take the win. So now basically after two double eliminations I’ve got a 1st and a 2nd and Sarah-Quita has a 1st and 3rd. It’s not over yet’
Freestyle Results after 2 Double Eliminations
1. Daida Moreno (North)
2. Sarah-Quita Offringa (NeilPryde/Starboard)
3. Laure Treboux (Naish/Naish)
Strong steady wind and bright sunshine made for perfect slalom racing conditions. Today the course was changed to have two long reaches after the start before some tighter zigzagging reaches nearer the beach to really test the full range of the competitor’s skills.