Iballa Moreno wins the Single Elimination
If you don´t want to read everything, you can watch Duncan Coombs´resume about day 3.
On the third day a hazy sky welcomed us at Pozo Izquierdo. Light Calima pushed from Africa towards Gran Canaria, but did not influence the wind, which was already blowing with steady 35 knots. The PWA race director Coombs decided to continue with the men´s single elimination. The first heat of the day was heat 17, the first heat in the third round. Voget vs Bruch and Campello vs Skye. Dany Bruch convinced the judges with his unique waveriding style milking the onshore waves from far outside until the shore. He stopped the german Klaas Voget. Ricardo Campello started well and won against John Skye. The stuntman from Venezuela landed his jumps perfectly and attacked the waves in the steep sections.
In Heat 18 Robby Swift fought hard against his opponent Marcilio Browne. He even changed his sail during the heat and slided through several Takas and landed a Double, but Marcilio´s perfect Backside Wave 360s and tweaked Pushloops were a number too big for Robby. The Frenchman Jules Denel was an easy opponent for Victor Fernandez. Jules: “I sailed on my best level, but it was not enough against Victor”, Jules told us.
The British sailor Ross Williams surprised everybody and probably himself as well. He took advantage of Kauli´s faults in waveriding and won against the 3-times wave Worldchampion. “I often crashed while my waverides as I tried to land a backside 360°. The waves were not the best in my heat,” Kauli commented his performance. The Brazilian down-the-line expert is now ranked in 9th after the single elimination.
The other opponents in heat 19 were Ojeda vs. Danielsen. Dario Ojeda showed his skills and local knowledge with a perfect waveselection, big Backside Airs, Takas, Pushloops and Doubles.
In the last heat of round 3, heat number 20, skinny Thomas Traversa impressed landing a massive Double Forward. Additionally he chose the perfect waves and ripped them into pieces. The French down-the-line expert managed to win against his teammate Alex Mussolini. In the second duel we saw Philip Köster vs. Phil Horrocks. The strong wind and steep ramps gave Köster the opportunity to show his signature moves, like fast rotated Doubles and massive Pushloops, even into a Forward. His waverides were also more fluid than in his first heat two days ago.
El Cabezo Local Dany Bruch kept the nerves against former Freestyle worldchampion Ricardo Campello, who collected excellent points in his jumps, but missed a bit of variety in waveriding. Bruch again surfed the waves from far outside until the shore, which gave him the advantage over Campello.
The closest heat of day 3 was the second duel of heat 21 between Victor Fernandez and Marcilio Browne. PWA: “In the end it was Fernandez who advanced after it was revealed that the Spaniard received the highest wave score. However Browne deserves a special mention as he landed an outrageous pushloop forward as well as a fully planing forward off the lip, and he was extremely unlucky not to advance.” “I am happy to be in the final, Marcilio is someone, who can win here also,” a very happy Fernandez told us afterwards.