Day 4 of the Gran Canaria Wind & Waves Festival saw the waiting game continue for the men’s and women’s pro fleets, so it was once again left to the next generation to provide the show, which they duly obliged to do. At the end of the fourth day the second single eliminations for the Youth’s have been completed and attention will now start to turn towards tomorrow, which will hopefully see the pro’s begin their contests.
12-13 Year Olds Final
Marino Gil (Goya Windsurfing) claimed back-to-back victories in the youngest division of the youth’s as the 13 year old saw off the competition of Takuma Sugi (Naish), Liam Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne) and Jose Antonio Casanova Perez (Fanatic / North). Gil made a brilliant start as he landed a perfect backloop to earn 8 points and from there no-one could catch him. Gil’s closest challenger was, who Sugi claimed 2nd ahead of Casanova Perez and Dunkerbeck, who pushed his level today as the 12 year old launched into his first backloop attempts.
14-15 Year Olds Final
Valentino Pasquale (Fanatic / North) claimed victory to overtake Miguel Chapuis (JP / NeilPryde) in the current overall standings for the 14-15 year olds. The conditions were extremely difficult during the final, but it was Pasquale who managed to make the better of the waves while landing a backloop and forward loop. Chapuis sits in 2nd place with Henry Kolberg (Hot Sails Maui) moving into joint 3rd with Mike Friedl (Goya Windsurfing) after qualifying for the final today.
16-18 Year Olds Final
Noah Vocker Roche (Fanatic / North / Maui Ultra Fins) made a flying start to the final as he landed a fully planing forward and a clean, stylish backloop to claim a healthy, early lead. However, Loick Lesauvage (Goya Windsurfing) soon began to hit back as he stomped a stalled forward and a big backloop. At this stage the final was quite close and in the end Vocker Roche and Lesauvage finished level on 19 points. However, it was Lesauvage who walks away with the victory today due to his more dynamic rail-to-rail wave riding which earned him the highest single wave score. As things stand Vocker Roche and Lesauvage share the lead with Max Honchgrassl (JP / NeilPryde) occupying the final place on the podium.
The forecast for tomorrow promises more wind than today, so the sailors will be reaching for their small sails and boards. The waves are forecast to be slightly bigger tomorrow although the period is predicted to be shorter at between 5-7 seconds, so we will have to wait and see how the day materialises. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 9:30am tomorrow morning with the action commencing from 10am (GMT+1) — If conditions allow. Make sure you tune into www.pwaworldtour.com from the 3rd-9th July to see all of the gravity defying stunts as they happen via the PWA live stream and live ticker.
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Result after 2 Eliminations – 12-13 Year Olds
1st Marino Gil (Goya Windsurfing)
2nd Takuma Sugi (Naish)
3rd Jose Antonio Casanova Perez (Fanatic / North)
3rd Liam Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne)
5th Adrian Antiles (Goya Windsurfing)
5th Z Schettewi (JP / Hot Sails Maui)
Result after 2 Eliminations – 14-15 Year Olds
1st Valentino Pasquale (Fanatic / North)
2nd Miguel Chapuis (JP / NeilPryde)
3rd Henri Golberg (Hot Sails Maui)
3rd Mike Friedl (Goya Windsurfing)
5th Adam Warchol (Goya Windsurfing)
5th Jake Schettewi (JP / Hot Sails Maui)
7th Niklas Herrera Matissen (Goya Windsurfing)
8th Takara Ishii (RRD / RRD)
9th David Batlle (Point-7)
9th Oliver Rodriguez (GA Sails)
Result after 2 Eliminations – 16-18 Year Olds
1st Noah Vocker Roche (Fanatic / North / Maui Ultra Fins)
1st Loick Lesauvage (Goya Windsurfing)
3rd Max Honchgrassl (JP / NeilPryde)
4th Max Schettewi (JP / Hot Sails Maui)
4th Tim van dam Sanchidrian (Starboard / Flight Sails)
6th Julian Salmonn (Severne / Severne)
7th Marco Urrestarazu Mouras (Goya Windsurfing)
7th Nicole Bandini (Fanatic / North / Maui Ultra Fins)