PWA Fuerteventura: Day 4

Flagge_deutschTag 4 in Fuerteventura und die Bedingungen für heute waren richtig vielversprechend. Um 11:30 ging es bereits los und kurz vor 15:00 Uhr waren beide Double Eliminations abgeschlossen. Keine Veränderungen auf den ersten Plätzen. Jose „Gollito“ Estredo und Sarah-Quita Offringa bleiben „on top of the game“ – doch dahinter änderte sich, zumindest bei den Herren, noch die ein oder andere Position. 

Fuerte_13_20 Gollito coming down

Kiri Thode kämpfte sich durch die Double Elimination und gewann gegen Dieter van der Eyken bevor er Steven van Broeckhoven, Weltmeister des Jahres 2011, in die Schranken wies und danach auch gegen seinen Landsmann Tonky Frans gewann. Mit 3 gewonnenen Heats in den Knochen ging es ins Finale der Double Elimination gegen Dauerrivalen Gollito Estredo. Der Heat war richtig knapp – ein brillianter Spock Culo sowie ein massiver Skopu ein paar Sekunden vor Heatende brachten den Ausschlag zu Gunsten von Gollito.

Amado Vrieswijk zeigte sich ebenfalls Top in Form. Er liegt gemeinsam mit seinem Bonaire Landsmann Youp Schmit auf dem 7. Rang. Der 17-Jährige kann mit dem Sieg über Taty Frans in Heat 45 heute sicherlich den größten Namen, den er in einem Heat geschlagen hat, verbuchen.

Fuerte_13_24 Amado Vrieswijk

Ebenballs einen Platz nach oben ging es für Dieter van der Eyken. Der Belgier gewann gegen Spock-Culo, planing Air Flakas und einem Skopu gegen Anthony Ruenes und liegt nun auf Rang 5.

Keine Veränderungen in den Top 4 der Mädels. Sarah Quita Offringa auf Platz 1, Arrianne Aukes auf 2, Yoli de Brendt auf Rang 3 und Olya Raskina auf Platz 4.

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Fuerte_13_26 Anthony Ruenes no handed

Flag_English From the outset of day four the conditions looked much more promising and this is exactly how the day played out as the men’s double elimination was resumed at 11:30am. By quarter to three both the men’s and women’s double eliminations had been completed as Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North) and Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic / Chris Benz / Maui Ultra Fins) successfully managed to defend their single elimination crowns. The day was concluded shortly after five o’clock with the wind becoming increasingly gusty.

Men’s Double Elimination

Winners’ Final

Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra) fought his way back through the double elimination to earn his place in the winners’ final. The Bonairean first successfully defended his fourth place finish in the single elimination by holding off Dieter Van Der Eyken (Starboard / Severne), before going on to defeat both the 2011 PWA Freestyle World Champion – Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde / Different) – and Tonky Frans (Tabou / Gaastra).

Fuerte_13_25 Steven van Broeckhoven

Waiting for him in the final was the formidable figure of Jose ‘Gollito’ Estred0 – who remains unbeaten since the start of the 2012 season. Both sailors showcased their world class abilities as they landed almost their full repertoire of tricks in a closely contested final. Thode made a strong start as he launched himself into a big shaka, whilst Gollito opened with a perfect high burner. The Bonairean then upped his technical difficulty with an exquisite culo into spock and a super quick skopu 360. At this point it looks as though Thode may be edging the tie, but the five-time world champion dug deep to show his title winning credentials by landing a brilliant spock culo before launching into a massive skopu seconds before the end of the heat, which may have proved pivotal in swinging the decision in his favor.

Fuerte_13_21 Kiri Thode

Seventeen year old Amado Vrieswijk (Starboard / Severne) enjoyed an excellent day of competition as he achieved his best finish to date after finishing the double elimination in joint seventh with Youp Schmit (JP / NeilPryde). Vrieswijk took his biggest scalp so far as he overcame fellow Bonaire man Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) in heat forty-five. Vrieswijk demonstrated exactly what he can today as he landed stunning kabikuchis and skopus and massive air flakas.

Dieter Van Der Eyken also excelled today – particularly in heat forty-seven – the Belgian maestro linked together a superb set of moves consisting of fully planing air flakas, a perfect spock-culo, an air bob and a quick skopu to defeat Anthony Ruenes (Tabou / Gaastra)

Fuerte_13_23 Dieter van der Eyken

Women’s Double Elimination

Winners’ Final

Sarah-Quita Offringa faced Arrianne Aukes (RRD / Simmer / AL360 / Maui Ultra Fins) in the winners’ final once more after the Dutch woman edged the dual in heat fifty against Yoli de Brendt (Fanatic / North). Offringa made a strong start to the final as she quickly landed a text-book e-slider and a radical air flaka. Aukes responded with a spock 540 on the outside of the course, but unfortunately couldn’t quite repeat her high level of performancevthat she showed against de Brendt. Meanwhile, Offringa, went on to land an excellent shaka and puneta which proved to be enough to defend her crown.

Fuerte_13_22 Sarah Quita Offringa

Olya Raskina (JP / NeilPryde) staged an excellent come back in the double elimination as she won four successive heats to fight her way into fourth place. The Russian defeated – Francesca Floris, Svetlana Martynova, Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) and Maxime Van Gent (Fanatic / North) – as she landed perfect clew-first and regular punetas, grubbys along with great shuvits and sick flakas.

Elsewhere Martynova dispatched of Maaike Huvermann (Maui Ultra Fins) in the opening round, whilst Karin Jaggi was able to defeat Heleen Muijsers (Challenger Sails).

Tomorrow’s forecast looks good meaning we should see the start of both the men’s and women’s second single eliminations. The skippers’ meeting has once again been called for 10am with the action commencing from 10:30am. Make sure you stay up to date with all of the action by tuning into

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Results After Double Elimination – Men’s Freestyle

1st Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North)

2nd Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra)

3rd Tonky Frans (Tabou / Gaastra)

4th Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde / Different)

5th Dieter Van Der Eyken (Starboard / Severne)

Results After Double Elimination – Women’s Freestyle

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic / Chris Benz / Maui Ultra Fins)

2nd Arrianne Aukes (RRD / Simmer / AL360 / Maui Ultra Fins)

3rd Yoli de Brendt (Fanatic / North)

4th Olya Raskina (JP / NeilPryde)

Text: Chris Yates / PWA , windsurfnews – All pics by John Carter / PWA