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The 2007 Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup, AlaÃ§ati Â Event Summary
Jaggi’s last-gasp victory in Fuerteventura denied Ghibaudo the tour lead, but Ghibaudo’s lust for victory intensified after her performance in Sotavento to a totally new level.
Ghibaudo and Jaggi were fairly equally matched for speed, but the clear difference was in the Frenchwomen’s starting skill. If anyone thought Jaggi was letting someone else share the limelight they could not be further from the truth. This was evident as tension rose and Jaggi was forced to push the start, which resulted in two painful disqualifications.
Ghibaudo’s superior timing earned her 9 victories from the 15 races completed against Jaggi’s uncharacteristically meager 3 bullets.
The real excitement in women’s slalom are the contenders of the future with many young and exciting names rising to the fore, plus a wealth of local talent in the fleet. It was also pleasure to see Verena Fauster (F2 / Gaastra) recover well from surgery early in the season to finish consistently high enough to claim third overall.
Turkish TV celebrity Çagla Kubat (Starboard / North) may well show at more PWA events after her impressive 4th place finish which was grafted through speed and cunning turning skill to entertain the excited local crowds.
Ghibaudo’s victory here must have cut deep into Jaggi, but by the same token Jaggi will be amped-up and excited by the prospect of the 2008 season already. The Swiss multiple world champion’s second place here was enough to secure her the 2007 women’s slalom title. She’ll lift that trophy at Sylt to mark an important leap forward for the women’s sport.
The tour switches it’s focus back to the waves next with a trip to yet another new location for the 2007 Mormaii Ibiraquera Wave Contest, PWA World Cup near Florianópolis in Southern Brazil. Until we thanks our Turkish hosts for a spectacular event and look forward to returning for many seasons to come.
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Women’s Top 5 Final Standings after 15 races
1. Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou)
2. Karin Jaggi (F2 / North)
3. Verena Fauster (F2 / Gaastra)
4. Çagla Kubat (Starboard / North)
5. Marta Hlavaty
© PWA / Brian McDowell