PWA Gran Canaria Day 7

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3 bullets are marred by a 13th place for Bjorn Dunkerbeck as he piles the pressure on the leading two Matt Pritchard and Antoine Albeau in the windiest conditions yet.

Pozo slalom elevated to nuclear levels as the sailors struggled for control in wipeout central, this was magnified due to the no rules approach to racing, meaning anything goes. Dunkerbeck was the man in charge today, staying on a 5.8 whilst other human beings were on 5.4 and 5.0 metre sails, he really took no prisoners as you can see from the photograph where he literally forces Finan Maynard onto the gybe mark (again it\’s all allowed). Antoine Albeau played a comparitively safe game which was less than Bjorn\’s all or nothing approach and struck up a string of 2nd places, which maintains his lead. Matt Pritchard locked down to keep in second place. Dunkerbeck is breathing down their necks, but with only one day of racing left and a discard to come in, will it be enough for him.

Ross Williams of the UK and Taty Frans are both having a great event. Williams is just off a top 5 placing which shows what he is made of amongst the heavy weight stars. The other surprise, Taty Frans, has been getting better and better as the conditions get harder. The combination of his freestyle windsurfing skill, and small 4.7 is no doubt a recipe for success.  Frans recorded a 4th and 6th in two of the windiest races, his equipment choice is significantly smaller than the rest of the fleet.

The windier and wavier conditions also made a difference to the womens freestyle as Daida Moreno showed just who is the best freewave womens windsurfer on the planet. The waves meant that Daida could throw in her looping prowess, something Laure Treboux who was on a 3.0 metre and a 99L freestyle board, could not match. Daida\’s power beat Laure Treboux twice in the double elimination. This was after she disposed of Sarah Quita Offringa whom had to come from mid fleet to challenge for a position in the final.

Tomorrow is the last day, that is the only thing for certain.

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