- 21 July 2014 | Windsurfing
Victor Fernandez and Daida Moreno were crowned king and queen of the wind and waves, in the 2014 PWA Gran Canaria, held at Pozo.
After nine hours of wind, waves and windsurfing action in the waters of Gran Canaria, Fernandez secured his fifth event victory in Pozo.
The winners' final saw Ricardo Campello up against Victor Fernandez. The Spanish opened hostilities with a double forward, quickly followed by a one-handed backloop.
Campello couldn't find the ramp he required for his usual radical aerial antics. With his nerves settled, Fernandez continued to rack up the points as he delivered a superb goiter followed by a backside air and a further two, aggressive backside hacks.
Campello answered with a big double forward, and an extraordinary, fully planing, one-handed, one-footed forward loop. With just a minute to go Campello trailed by just 0.3 of a point, but he couldn't link a final wave worth 6.66 points or more.
"I was really happy with my wave riding in the final, I think this was the best I did all day. I think my best jump was in the semifinal against Brawzinho with my double forward and also one-handed, one-footed backloop. I had to push myself to the limit in every heat, but I'm just delighted to win the first event of the year," explains Victor Fernandez.
The legendary Moreno twins - Iballa Moreno and Daida Moreno - once again faced each other in a winners' final and produced their usual outstanding display of tricks early this morning. Daida made a strong start to the final as she stomped a one-handed backloop, before quickly accumulating her highest wave score of the heat as she delivered four aggressive frontside hacks.
In the meantime, Iballa landed a perfectly rotated backloop before unleashing more of her trademark, vertical, snappy turns. The twins actually finished the heat with equal wave scores, but Daida was able to clinch victory, for the first time since 2011 in Pozo with a massive stalled forward.
2014 PWA Gran Canaria Wind & Waves Festival Results
1. Victor Fernandez
2. Ricardo Campello
3. Marcilio Browne
4. Jaeger Stone
5. Klaas Voget, Alessio Stillrich, John Skye, Philip Köster
1. Daida Moreno
2. Iballa Moreno
3. Steffi Wahl
4. Amanda Beenen
5. Caterina Stenta, Justyna Sniady, Carmen Afonso Martin, Alice Arutkin