Day 5 of the 2018 Tenerife PWA World Cup produced the best day of action with logo high waves and stronger winds. Unfortunately the finals didn’t quite live up to expectations with the conditions slackening off just at the wrong time.
In the end Iballa Moreno and Victor Fernandez convinced the judges most and won the single eliminations.
Video Single Elimination Highlights – 2018 PWA Tenerife World Cup
Iballa Moreno has won the Tenerife PWA World Cup for the last two seasons and in the final the reigning world champion took a step towards completing a hat-trick of event victories in Tenerife by winning the single elimination by defeating Sarah-Quita Offringa in the final. Sarah-Quita Offringa ends the day in second place – just like last year – and although the Aruban earned the highest single wave score in the final – 6.75 points, which was half a point better than Iballa’s highest – Offringa couldn’t find the second wave score or better jump that she needed to trouble Iballa on this occasion. However, Offringa has looked more dangerous than ever at this event and you wouldn’t bet against her in the double if the forecast allows it to be completed.
Daida Moreno won’t be happy with having to settle for 3rd place in the double elimination – after narrowly losing out to Offringa in the semifinals.
Any thoughts that – Victor Fernandez – may have been rattled, having missed out on the podium in Pozo Izquierdo for the first-time in 11 seasons last month, were firmly dispelled today as the vice-world champion produced his usual slick and almost faultless display to return to winning ways in the single elimination. Fernandez landed perfect doubles and a stalled double, while showing excellent variety on the wave to come out on top and made the most of the quite poor conditions in the final.
Adam Lewis qualified for his first winners final on the world tour – which guarantees him a first podium finish. The 30-year-old produced the highest scoring heat of the contest so far – 24.88 points – to defeat Ricardo Campello in the semifinals.
Having taken down Philip Köster in the quarterfinals, Ricardo Campello may have felt that today was going to be his day. However, he met the aforementioned, Lewis and there wasn’t much he could do. The 33-year-old produced a solid enough display in the semifinals but was powerless to stop the Brit on this occasion. Campello then won the battle for 3rd against Jaeger Stone, but will be eager to try and climb higher in the double elimination in order to not lose ground on the title race.
Neither of the world’s current top 2 – Philip Köster and Marcilio Browne made it into the top 5 on a day which saw a bit of a mix up in the results. Köster looked a little bit out of sorts for him in heat 22 against Campello as the 4-time world champion really struggled on the wave.
Today is the penultimate day of the event and the double elimination is underway.