The third day of the PWA Gran Canaria Wind&Wave Festival turned out to be ‘Big Wednesday’ and we certainly weren’t left disappointed, as the women’s single elimination was completed in nuclear winds and powerful waves. By the end of an exhausting day it was Iballa Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne) who was declared the winner
Women’s Single Elimination
The winners’ final once again saw the legendary Moreno twins lining up against each other as Iballa Ruano Moreno and Daida Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne) commenced battle on three meter sails. Daida quickly racked up her jumps as she opened the heat with a perfectly executed backloop and a massive stalled forward in the crazy winds. Iballa on the other hand began the heat by hunting for waves and she quickly found a set wave to let loose on. Iballa wasted little time in throwing an awesome backside shuvit before going frontside to deliver a devastating top turn to leave the heat finely balanced. Daida was now the one hunting for the waves and once she found them she unleashed her trademark backside airs along with numerous powerful front and backside turns. At this point Daida looked as though she had taken control of the heat, especially after she landed a super tweaked pushloop. However Iballa wasn’t going to let her sister have it all her own way and she began to mount a fight back, which started with a radical pushloop before pulling off a stunning stalled forward. As the heat entered the dying moments, Iballa sailed the wave of the day as she threw an outstanding wave 360 as well as linking a couple of slick turns to leave things in the balance. This final wave proved to be pivotal, as Iballa went on to win the single elimination by way of a 3-2 judges decision in her favor.
Iballa Ruano Moreno speaking after winning the women’s single elimination:
“ I’m feeling really good, this is one of the first times that anyone has beaten Daida in Pozo. I was really lucky with my final wave, I managed to pull off a wave 360 and link together a couple of nice turns, which I think made a difference to the points. We still have the double to run, where I expect to be waiting for Daida, so we will have to wait and see.”
The losers’ final was a strictly Swiss affair as Laure Treboux (Fanatic / North) took on Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne). As the heat unfolded it was Treboux who scored the best waves and Jaggi who excelled in the jumping. The stand out moment of the heat though definitely belonged to Jaggi. She showed absolutely no hesitation in throwing herself into a super end over end forward to wow the judges. Treboux looked confident on the wave but on this occasion she couldn’t pull off a backloop to retaliate, so she was left to settle for fourth place.
The forecast for tomorrow is even better than today, with a bigger swell being predicted and even stronger winds. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 9:30am with the action commencing from 10am. Thursday promises to be an epic day don’t miss a thing by watching the live stream at www.pwaworldtour.com.
Results After Single Elimination - Women’s Wave
1st Iballa Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne)
2nd Daida Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne)
3rd Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne)
4th Laure Treboux (Fanatic / North)
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