The crowds adorning the seafront have yet again made Sylt into one fabulous stadium of colossal proportions.
Whilst the Slalom crown is almost decided, the Freestyle crown is very much up in the air and you can feel the anticipation. Will it be Marcillo Browne, Kiri Thode, current world champion Gollito or can Ricardo Campello make a sensational fight back? Should the conditions also materialise there is a possibility that even the wave title could be decided here. All it takes is one bad result from Kauli Seadi to see him lose sight. Meanwhile Baker and Angulo have it all to play for. Despite an eager Josh Angulo displaying some powerful wave riding skills on a large wave board and 6.2 metre sail to try and prompt some wave competition, it was the slalom that took precedence today.
The winds really pushed the boundaries of slalom windsurfing, unfortunately it was the lower boundaries. In these conditions the bigger guys suffer and Bjorn Dunkerbeck, who is fighting for second overall, did not manage to make the final. In these winds it is the light wind specialists who have the pace and acceleration. Arnon Dagen of Israel triumphed in the single elimination with Steve Allen in second, France\’s Julien Quentel in third and Ross Williams in 4th. No further competition took place today as the wind died completely.
Hopefully Monday will see some fresh German breeze!
Photo Credit: PWA/John Carter