Nivea World Cup - Saturday Slalom

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The man on form today is Arnon Dagon, the winds are lighter but he has the best speed and is the most consistent. Hanging on to a 10m sail and a 48cm fin he is holding off the main players.

Dunkerbeck, not favouring the lighter conditions is still keeping his main rivals within reach. As it has become a race between Micah Buzianis and Antoine Albeau for the top spot. In the first final they all finish mid fleet, but were 5th, 6th and 7th. The next final was won comfortably by Arnon, but Bjorn showed that consistency is the key and pulled in a second.

The third race was the closest dogfight so far, with Micah just taking Bjorn after the first gybe. They were neck and neck for speed much to the light of the armies of spectators. Bjorn then looked to be catching and at the last gybe, suddently jerked upwind then tight down to try and take the inside line. It could have been a winning move if he had left it a second later.  However he cooked it too early and almost missed the mark, then from out of no where came Arnon Dagon, gybing wide at full speed and accelerated to first place. To beat Bjorn Albeau and Micah need to get over 8 places ahead, without discard I dont quite think they have managed. It is no whitewash, but Bjorn has not been off the top spot yet.

One other thing we should mention…Dan Ellis smoked the first qualifying heat of the day, leaving Dunkerbeck far back in his wake, the boy has speed. Both Dan and Ross have made all the finals too.

Photo Credit: Waite/Horrocks

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