- 14 July 2008 | Windsurfing
Junko Nagoshi fends off Laure Treboux to claim third overall in the freestyle stakes, and Ricardo Campello and Daido Moreno launch into orbit to win the final day’s wave super session.
Entering the final day of competition, Laure Treboux (Fanatic, North) and Junko Nagoshi (Simmer Sails, Dakine) held the same number of points after two full freestyle double eliminations.
As a result, they were both tied in third position, meaning the pair would have to compete in a sail-off, to decide who would take outright third position, and who would drop down to fourth.
The tense decider got off to a shaky start, as both sailors struggled to find their rhythm in the monumental 50 knot wind. Tactically thinking, Nagoshi chose to cast the technical moves aside, instead opting for safer moves she knew she could land, and would notch up crucial points on the judges score sheets.
- 12 July 2008 | Windsurfing
For the third year running, Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, Simmer Sails, MFC) has shown defiance to lay claim to the prestigious Pozo wave title, defeating Ricardo Campello (JP, NeilPryde, MFC) in the final of the double elimination.
A nail biting Women’s final witnessed a classic Moreno showdown, with Daida (North Sails) sparing her sister no mercy, to win yet another Pozo wave final.
Men’s Double Elimination
Powered by fifty-knot wind, and armed with their smallest sails, the wave fleet hit the water to finish up the double elimination.
Mounting a sustained attack, Julien Taboulet (F2, Naish Sails) showed his hunger to advance. The Frenchman, aided by his trademark, super contorted tabletop forward loops, cleared John Skye (RRD, Naish), Phil Horrocks (JP, NeilPryde), Philip Köster (F2, NeilPryde) & high flying Jonas Ceballos (Fanatic, Simmer Sails, MFC) to the side, as he advanced from the third round to within touching distance of the final.
- 11 July 2008 | Windsurfing
Picking up the wave double elimination where it was left off, six more heats were completed before the waves backed off.
On form players
Robby Swift (JP, NeilPryde) killed it in his heat against Kevin Mevissen (RRD, RRD, MFC). In a return to form for the Brit, Swift dominated the heat with a precision display of huge backloops, a tabletop pushloop and a mad double forward loop.
Complimenting his aerial acrobatics, Swift also notched up one of the day’s highest scoring rides, picking off a set wave out the back, and mercilessly ripping it apart with powerful front and backside smacks.
Vidar Jensen (North Sails) gave a taste of things to come in his heat against Boujmaa Guilloul (Starboard, Severne, MFC). Unphased by the monstrous 50-knot gusts, Jensen landed all his jumps, and incredibly most were one handed.