Exciting action returns to Ho’okipa on day 11: Iballa Ruano Moreno and Philip Köster sealed the PWA world title deal
Day 11 brought a little bit less waves and wind than everyone had expected, but it was definitely contestable. The wind sometimes dropped massively and gave all participants a hard time. 6 men heats and 9 ladies heats of the double eliminations got completed. The day was a big success again and showed how cool down the line windsurfing looks nowadays.
Two riders were shining bright in the double. Let’s start with the ladies! Fiona Wylde surprised everyone in the double elimination and climbed up the ladder with perfect wave rides and even Aerials in steep sections. Big respect to Fiona, who not only competes in windsurfing, she is one of the most competitive ladies in SUP. She won 5 heats in a row and will now face local Sarah Hauser competing for the podium. Daida Ruano Moreno did not make it through her heat in round 3 and left the title to her twin sister Iballa in 2015 despite dominating the windy events on the Canaries. Sarah-Quita again delivered a consistent performance and made it up in the top 8 finishing the double in 7th, what guarantees her the remaining 3rd place overall. Congrats! Amanda Beenen wasn’t able to come back in the double elimination. It was definitely a close fight with Sarah-Quita, who has good chance to finish the season on the podium in all three disciplines. Imagine, if she would have finished the Maui event in 6th instead of 7th she would have made it in 2nd place overall in waves, pushing Daida down by one place from 2nd to 3rd place.