It was tense stuff yesterday as Antoine Albeau nailed his victory with an outstanding win. The battle behind him kicked off in true racing style as a Finian Maynard gybe just clipped Micah Buzianis as they fought to get second. Micah went down admist a heap of other kit as there was a bit of a pile up. Micah fell all the way to 15th as Finian came in second and took second overall. Fireworks went off in the tent in the post race, erm, debrief.
Bjorn Dunkerbeck was a bit off the pace as he struggled to get going in the lulls and couldn’t really catch up. He even failed to make one final, but then went on to win the losers final by a country mile. He would blitz along in a gust and then lose speed quite dramatically in the lull. The real battle as the series went on was between Albeau, Buzianis and Maynard. Steve Allen was in the performance zone on the last day as he powered out of gybes and pumped harder than anyone else. He came close to a win but just didn’t have the pace on the last leg.
Taty Frans showed that he has the metal for slalom. His inconsistency made for his relative low placing, but a 3rd place in the final race plus other final appearences shows that this amazing freestyler has what it takes to cross over. He was also only on a Super X board. Arnon Dagen of Isreal was really unlucky on the last day as his Fin snapped clean off resulting in an amazing high speed wipeout.
Karin Jaggi had to fight a bit harder yesterday but by the end of each race was comfortably in the lead, despite Alison Shreeves amazing speed, Valerie Ghibado of France was her nearest rival.
It is now Albeau with two event wins and comfortably leading the PWA Slalom 42 series.
The Freestyle is now kicking off, there is a lot of good sailing going down. The french two of Traversa and Ruenes were making some complex moves look relatively easy. Current world champion Ricardo Campello is getting through heats but falling a lot. The man of the moment and the crowds favourite is Tonky Frans. It is easy to see why, he looks like he is really enjoying himself. He takes off a hand during a move and waves the crowd and then gets them to cheer louder. His best move was probably the simplest, a big one handed spin loop waving as he went round. Class.