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The 2008 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam – Event Preview
Opening its doors from the 3rd to the 12th of July, Pozo’s famed windsurfing arena will be called upon to serve up its characteristic mix of nuclear wind, and pounding waves for a Grand Slam bout of monumental proportions.
Since competition embarked on Gran Canaria’s shores, the biggest names in windsurfing have used this brutal proving ground to settle scores. This year will be no exception, as the 2008 Grand Slam hosts women’s freestyle, and women’s competition in waves.
With one event in the bag, there’s everything to play for in the women’s freestyle fleet. Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard, NeilPryde) enters riding high on the back of her victory in Lanzarote, however Pozo’s unique mix of howling wind and waves will really test her ability to perform in all conditions.
Arguably the favorite to take this event is Daida Moreno (North Sails), who knows the spot better then anyone. Daida has an untouchable aerial repertoire as well a deep bag of sliding moves, and will be hungry to explode any myths that she’s off the pace. Also in contention is Laure Treboux (Fanatic, North Sails), it’s only a matter of time before her consistent, technical sailing rewards her with an event win this season.
Renowned for iconic images of soaring, gravity defying jumps, the wave event is the jewel in the Grand Slam’s crown. To truly gain right of passage to windsurfing’s highest echelons, you have to be able win at Pozo, and topple the ranks of super talented locals that train at this spot all year.
In the women’s division, this event opens the door to the 2008 Championship. Clear favorites are the Moreno sisters, namely 2007 World Champion Iballa (North Sails), who’s likely to dominate if there’s a wave to ride. Similarly, if the bias shifts to jumping, Daida may well be the dominant force.
Competition starts on July the 3rd. Tune in then, when you’ll be able to follow the action with our live event ticker, daily news summaries, video footage, awesome photo galleries, online elimination ladders and more!
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