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The 2008 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam – Day Seven
Double elimination victory for Offringa earns her the early event lead, ahead of Yolanda De Brendt.
Women’s Double Elimination
With eye’s firmly set on Offringa (Starboard, NeilPryde), who sat in waiting after winning the single elimination the previous day, Daida Moreno (North) mounted a sustained attack from the depths of the elimination ladder to within touching distance of the young Aruban.
Defeating Anna Johansson (Naish, Naish), Nayra Alonso (Fanatic, Severne), Laure Treboux (Fanatic, North), and sister Iballa (North), Daida only had topple Junko Nagoshi (Simmer, Dakine) and Yolanda De Brendt (Fanatic, North) before she had a shot at Offringa’s first position stronghold.
Nagoshi piled on the pressure early with solid forward loop and a flaka, however Moreno was on devastating form. She nailed a one-footed forward loop, a clew first forward loop, and a fully planning spock to convincingly defeat the Japanese freestyler.
Lining up De Brendt in her sights, it was no longer plain sailing for Moreno. De Brendt, firing on all cylinders, threw down a puneta, a shuvit and a flaka. The comprehensive run proved too much for Moreno to match, putting a premature end to her impressive run.
Advancing, De Brendt was given another shot at Offringa. The subsequent brawl raised the bar of women’s freestyle to a whole new level. Both sailors went off, Offringa funneled, De Brendt replied with a puneta, Offringa pulled a switch stance chachoo, De Brendt nailed a fully planning spock 540. They were literally inseparable.
The decisive blow would come when Offringa executed a massive air flaka. De Brendt had no reply to the epic move, granting Offringa the victory, and the first double elimination as hers.
The day also saw inroads made into the men’s and women’s second single elimination. All the big names in the men’s fleet have advanced through to the semi finals, however contenders Andre Paskowski (Fanatic, North), Antxon Otaegui, Nicolas Akgazciyan (Starboard, Gun Sails) and Cheo Diaz (RRD, Simmer) have fallen by the wayside.
In the women’s fleet, Iballa Moreno (North) and Silvia Alba Orozco (MFC) have also departed the ranks.
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:
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* Check elimination ladders
* View results
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* Read the daily news summaries
* Browse awesome action photo galleries
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