- 04 July 2010 | Windsurfing
The wind whistled through the event site from first light on the final day of competition in Las Cucharas bay allowing the final heats from the single elimination to be completed bang on schedule.
Both the men’s and women’s winner’s finals went by without a glitch, but the loser’s finals proved slightly more difficult as the wind became increasingly gusty throughout the day, and often shut off completely at crucial moments, finally halting the proceedings for the men.
After a few hours back onshore the wind returned, allowing the men to conclude their single elimination, and get going with the double. Unfortunately, the wind continued to play up forcing the competition to a close before the double could be finished.
In an action packed single elimination final, the 2009 freestyle world champion Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic, North) met the kono king, Kiri Thode (Starboard, Gaastra). Both sailors pulled off an array of technical trickery, including the most stylish culos, burners, matadors, and konos the crowds had seen all week. On the beach it looked like Thode had out styled Estredo, but the world champion’s moves were bigger and more technical, with an awesomely executed one handed regular chachoo being the final nail in Thode’s coffin.
The women’s final was without doubt the most impressive display ever seen in PWA competition to date. Yoli Freites De Brendt (Fanatic, North) put together an excellent mixture of moves including flakas, spock 540s, and forward loops. However, it wasn’t quite enough to take on two times freestyle world champion, Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard, Vandal) who threw down a fistful of tricks with an abundance of style to claim yet another victory.
1st Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic, North)
2nd Kiri Thode (Starboard, Gaastra)
3rd Tonky Frans (F2, Gaastra)
4th Philip Soltysiak (Starboard, Dakine)
1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard, Vandal)
2nd Yolanda Freites De Brendt (Fanatic, North)
3rd Laure Treboux (Fanatic, North)
4th Junko Nagoshi (Tabou, Simmer, Dakine)