The first freestyle elimination was convincingly won by Sarah-Quita Offringa, who defeated Daida Moreno in the final. Offringa then had to wait for the double elimination to run its course before she could fight to defend her position.
Initially, Treboux looked dangerous having defeated Junko Nagoshi, but a lapse of concentration saw her lose to Daida Moreno, meaning it would be another Offringa vs.Moreno final.
The final was a class act from Offringa, who landed virtually every move she attempted. Moreno played a high-risk game, attempting double loops, and ponchs. However, the gamble failed to pay off, when she crashed the majority of these high scoring moves, leaving Offringa free to take the win.
In the second single elimination, Iballa Moreno took an early exit when she fell victim to Japan’s freestyle sensation Junko Nagoshi. Moving into the semi finals, Nagoshi had her work cut out when she challenged Offringa. Offringa ultimately dominated the heat, to take her position in the final.
The second semi final saw Treboux lose out on a spot in the final to Daida Moreno, making way for another Moreno vs. Offringa showdown. The hotly contested heat saw Moreno pull a perfect ponch, but it wasn’t enough to defeat defiant Offringa, who took another victory.
In the second double elimination, Yolanda De Brendt (Fanatic, North Sails) showed early form, knocking out Silvia Alba Orozco and Iballa Moreno before exiting courtesy of a polished display by Nagoshi.
Gaining momentum, Nagoshi went on to defeat Laure Treboux only to lose to Daida Moreno in the next round. Moreno’s victory secured her a position in the final, which was a repeat of the previous double elimination final, Moreno vs. Offringa.
Coming out all guns blazing, Offringa’s barrage was impressive to say the least, and Moreno had a tall order ahead of her, having to find a reply to a one handed puneta, a shaka, and funnel. Nerves seemed to overcome the local, and a last minute grubby, flaka and forward weren’t enough to match Offringa’s mammoth score. In a 5-0 decision, Offringa added another double elimination victory to her name.
Pozo Freestyle Results 2008:
1st Sarah Quita Offringa
2nd Daida Moreno
3rd Junko Nagoshi
4th Laure Treboux