Who practised the hardest over the winter break? That’s the question we had answered as the ladies slid and popped their way around Costa Teguise bay. Well firstly Junko Nagoshi, known for her wave riding and jumping, has certainly found some flat water bays to hone her freestyle skills as she got into the top4 for the first time at a PWA freestyle event with some stylish punetas.
The Moreno Twins, Daida & Iballa continue to impress with Daida having the edge over her sister but they rely on ‘power moves’ and solid jumping whereas the hot favourites pulled out more switch stance, techy moves which scored more points. Laure Treboux has spent the winter in Western Australia to improve her wave sailing but we guess she actually spent a lot of time on her freestyle as it has become more confident, more varied and consequently she beat Daida man-on-man three times. Something she wasn’t able to consistently do last season. She obviously learnt not to fall in with those Perth river sharks snapping at her heels.
So although the other girls may dispute this and we will probably get into trouble, it is Sarah Quita-Offinga who wins the ‘Most Practised’ Award over the last few months. She is ripping! Puneta 540’s, double flakas, shakas and even an attempted air chacho and that was all in one heat when she had Daida piling on the pressure with some flaka diablos and esliders. It’s all a long way from when you could win a heat with a solid spock! Check out the top girl’s moves below:
2. Laure Treboux
3. Daida Moreno
Joint 4th. Iballa Moreno & Junko Nagoshi
6th. Silvia Alba Orozco
Joint 7th. Olga Raskina & Yoli Freites de Brendt
NEXT event for the women: PWA Pozo (4-12 July) Freestyle & Waves