Final report by Jesper Orth, our man on Aruba, about the PWA Slalom event, the fourth tourstop of the season.
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Sailrepair WA – Jesper Orth
What a day!! Sarah-Quita Offringa and Björn Dunkerbeck overtook the leaders on the final event day and both stepped up to the top of the podium!
Biggest surprise of the day was that Ben Van Der Steen claims 2nd position and pushing Antoine down to 3rd place and Björn stayed cool to get the 1st position.
How did that happen?
The men category
Antoine was in 1st position before the final day, Björn was in 2nd and Ben van der Steen in 3rd. With a lot of calculations going on before the heats, it calculated that Bjoern had to finish in top 4 even if Antoine won to ensure the overall 1st. Ben van der Steen was kind of out of the picture to do better than 3rd. Only a very slim chance could see him getting into 2nd.
The most unexpected happened in the semi-final of elimination 8. I was very close to the start line and it looked like Björn applied a huge pressure onto Antoine in that heat. Antoine was over early but also Björn was over and 2 other guys. This meant that Björn instantly was sure of claiming the 1st position overall after he had won race 6 and 7 before and when he sailed back to his trustfully caddy Victor Couto the “victory man hug” instantly cemented the fact that he got it!