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The 2008 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam DaySix
In the women’s single elimination, the first big match up came when Laure Treboux (Fanatic, North) dueled with stable mate Iballa Moreno (North). Treboux’s downfall started when she fell on many of her ‘safe’ moves, giving her very little fall back. Moreno then crippled Treboux, landing a big backloop and an equally big forward. Moreno advanced.
Story of the elimination was Yoli De Brendt (Fanatic, North), who was on biblically good form. The Venezuelan underdog slayed Nina Tjernberg (F2, North), heavy weight freestyler Daida Moreno (North), and Junko Nagoshi (Simmer, Dakine) to claim her place in the final against Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard, NeilPryde).
In the losers final, Iballa Moreno challenged Nagoshi for third place. The super close heat saw flakas and planning spocks from both sailors, with a split decision eventually awarding Nagoshi the victory, and third place in the elimination.
The De Brendt versus Offringa final was another close affair. Both sailors were matched on points until Offringa landed a huge ponch on the way out, Offringa: “In the final I started off with a flaka, but not a very good one, I just made it. Then I did a one handed puneta 540 and I fell on a spock on the way out. Coming back in, I started to get a bit nervous, I don’t know why. I didn’t land anything though. I finally got it together and landed a big ponch. Overall I didn’t sail my best heat. I was overpowered on my 3.7m, and it was really choppy, so hard to do moves. I was actually pretty surprised I won, as Yoli was sailing really well!” Offringa’s victory was impressive, but a wake up call for her given the 3-2 split judging decision.
Tomorrow’s skippers’ meeting is scheduled for 10.30am, with the freestylers hitting the water from 11.00am onwards. Be sure to tune into pwaworldtour.com to follow all of day seven’s trials and tribulations. On the site you’ll be able to:
* Use our live ticker service
* Check elimination ladders
* View results
* Watch amazing video action clips
* Read the daily news summaries
* Browse awesome action photo galleries
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