There was almost an anticlimax to the slalom, after an otherwise amazing 5 days of racing, as the wind looked as though it may disappear before the finals could be completed. However, thankfully, the wind machine burst back into life after a slight blip to allow one more elimination to be completed.
Coming into the final day the top three – Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde), Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses) and Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses) – were separated by just 4 points, but in order for Iachino or Williams to have a chance of winning they would need Albeau to finish outside the top 4.
However, Albeau has won here almost every year since 2006. In fact he has been so dominant that he has only been denied by Finian Maynard (99NoveNove / Gun Sails) in 2012 and when there was no slalom in 2013 and he continued that dominance today as he signed off in style by winning the 8th elimination to be crowned the champion again.
Reigning world champion – Matteo Iachino finishes in second with Williams completing the podium just ahead of Ross Williams.
Elsewhere in the final elimination of the week – Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins) put yesterday’s crash behind him to secure 4th place, while Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / Chopper Fins) rounded off the event with his best performance as he finished the winners’ final in 3rd place.
Maciek Rutkowski (Tabou / GA Sails) also signed off the week with his best performance – after a lacklustre couple of days – as he won the losers’ final to finish in 9th place, while Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti) bounced back from the disappointment of being pipped to the last qualifying place into the winners’ final by Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) to secure 10th – which sees him finish 5th overall – after Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails) dropped his final gybe in Heat 15.
The prize giving was held around 4pm to bring down the curtain on another superb installment of the Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam. Full event summary to follow on Tuesday.
Result 2017 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam – Men’s Slalom:
1st Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)
2nd Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses)
3rd Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses)
4th Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins)
5th Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti)
6th Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails)
7th Cyril Moussilmani (99NoveNove / Severne)
8th Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / Loft Sails / Chopper Fins)
9th Ben van der Steen (Patrik / Gun Sails)
10th Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)