DAY 4 : BACK-TO-BACK VICTORIES FOR KOSTER AND IBALLA RUANO MORENO
The fourth day of the 2012 PWA Planet Win 365 Tenerife World Cup saw the conclusion of an epic competition as the double elimination was completed by the early afternoon. Nuclear winds and powerful waves bombarded El Cabezo for the second day in a row as the women reached for their 3.0s whilst big guys hung onto their 3.7s.
In the end Philip Köster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) defended his single elimination victory to be crowned the overall champion of Tenerife, after a mind blowing jumping display. Meanwhile, Iballa Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne), dug deep to come back and beat her sister, Daida Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne) and in doing so she ensured she kept her perfect start to the season intact.
Men’s Double Elimination
Today witnessed a scintillating display from Alex Mussolini (Tabou / Gaastra) as the Spaniard won five heats in a row to move up to second place overall. Mussolini’s wave riding was truly world class and his jumping repertoire was superb as well. Mussolini combined super vertical top turns in the pocket with monstrous wave 360s to leave his opponents with very little chance of beating him. The Spaniard also landed astronomical stalled forwards on his way to firstly beating; John Skye (RRD / Mystic / MFC) and Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra). Mussolini then took down Dany Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL360), who wasn’t in quite the same form as earlier in the week after he suffered an ankle injury yesterday. Next up for Mussolini was Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC). The Venezuelan landed an incredible double forward but he wasn’t in the same league when it came to wave riding. Mussolini then took on Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North) for a place in the winners’ final and he certainly stepped up for the occasion. Fernandez may have pulled one of the best frontside smacks of the competition, but Mussolini went one step further as he landed two incredible wave 360s on one wave and the highest stalled forward of the week, to earn the right to face Köster.
The winners’ final was absolutely astonishing as both sailors pushed the limit of the sport. Philip Köster’s jumping was out of this world and with is first two jumps he landed his trademark double forward and a pushloop forward, which superlatives cannot give justice too. Whilst Köster was killing the jumps, Mussolini was shredding every wave to pieces. The Spaniard delivered the highest wave score of the final with a perfect ten, Mussolini opened the wave with a massive wave 360 followed by a super vertical frontside smack and a sick taka. Even after beating Köster on wave scores it still wasn’t enough to beat the wonderkid, after he racked up a possible twenty-three points out of twenty-four from jumping alone. Once Köster had completed a couple of excellent waves he looked to try and go even bigger. Firstly he landed an even better double forward, by landing bolt upright, before trying to launch himself into a triple. For now the triple will have to wait but he’s certainly motivated to keep trying them.
Philip Köster :
“I’m super stoked with the win, especially since Alex Mussolini was absolutely on fire today. I tried the triple and I really want to do it, hopefully we get the same conditions as last year in Denmark and I can pull it off!”
Iballa Ruano Moreno left it until the last minute to strike back against Daida, just like in Pozo. Iballa was trailing in the winners’ final until the final moments when she produced a moment of sheer brilliance by pulling an outstanding goiter to turn the contest on its head. Daida had linked together her own excellent waves and a perfectly executed backloop but with no time to respond the twin sisters headed into a super final for second time in two events.
The super final turned out to be just as an intriguing battle as the winners’ final as the Moreno twins fought each other tooth and nail for the event victory. After a couple of crashes from both of the girls due to the howling winds, Iballa eventually opened the final with a radical pushloop and a huge backloop. Daida responded with a big backloop of her own and an amazing stalled forward to level the scores. With the jumping department remaining unbelievable tight the contest came down to who could perform better on the wave. On this occasion Iballa’s wave selection and positioning proved to be to deciding factor as she managed to rack up two great waves. Iballa looked super fluid on the wave as she unleashed several powerful frontside smacks and a superb frontside aerial to take the lead. Daida had time to respond this time but her fine efforts weren’t quite enough and Iballa claimed her second event victory in a row, after battling back from the death.
Iballa Ruano Moreno speaking after her back-to-back victories:
“I don’t know what’s going on because I managed to pull a big move in the last minute again, I’m stoked although I think I was a little bit lucky. I never thought that I would manage to beat Daida twice, and I am super happy to win two events in a row for the first time in my life.”
Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) was able to defeat Laure Treboux (Fanatic / North) to maintain her place on the podium. Jaggi landed a brilliant pushloop and backloop to hold of Treboux wave riding prowess. The result also completed a Severne top three for the women.
After four grueling days there’s the distinct possibility that the sailors may be letting their hair down tonight to celebrate an epic event. Make sure you check the PWA website over the coming days to find out what will be happening.
The PWA would also like to wish Eva Oude Ophius (Fanatic / North) a speedy recovery after she landed a forward loop extremely flat, which resulted in an injury to her neck/back. The full extent of the injury is not yet known but we hope to see her back on the water very soon.
Results After Double Elimination - Men’s Wave
1st Philip Köster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Alex Mussolini (Tabou / Gaastra)
3rd Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North)
4th Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC)
5th Dany Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL360)
6th Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra)
7th Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde)
7th John Skye (RRD / Mystic / MFC)
Results After Double Elimination - Women’s Wave
1st Iballa Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne)
2nd Daida Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne)
3rd Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne)
4th Laure Treboux (Fanatic / North)
5th Steffi Wahl (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg)
DAY 3 - The wind Gods more than made up for the somewhat disappointing conditions of yesterday, as the wind hit fifty knots and logo to mast high waves rolled into El Cabezo to ensure an absolutely epic day of action. The competition started bright and early which meant that by midday the winners of the single elimination had been crowned.
In the end Philip Köster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) won the men’s fleet ahead of Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North), whilst Daida Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne) returned to winning ways against her sister, Iballa Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne). The rest of the day featured more incredible action with huge jumps, big waves and some even bigger crashes.
Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC) didn’t let a little trip to the hospital this morning distract him, as he recovers from a bout of food poisoning. The Venezuelan responded in the perfect manner after the disappointment of Pozo as he claimed a thoroughly deserved third place in the single elimination. Campello sailed a superb heat as he landed some monster moves as well as suffering some monstrous crashes. Considered by many as one of the most radical jumpers in the world, Campello soon lived up to his reputation and he delivered one of the jumps of the day as he nailed a quite brilliant pushloop forward and a perfect double forward too. Campello probably deserves to be credited with the crash of the day as well, after he bailed an air chachoo attempt right at the apex of the jump. Dany Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL360) landed double forwards and one-footed backloops, but even when combined with his fluid wave riding it still wasn’t enough to beat Campello, as the local man had to settle for fourth.
Women’s Single Elimination
Another winners’ final, another Moreno matchup, as the twins, Daida Ruano Moreno and Iballa Ruano Moreno continued to dominate the women’s fleet. Daida was hungrier than ever to come out on top, having relinquished her Pozo crown for the first time in thirteen years last week, and that’s exactly what she managed to do. She will now be hoping she can defend her victory in the double elimination. Daida looked a dominant force in the air as she landed an amazing one-handed backloop and a big stalled forward. Iballa on the other hand made the better of the waves and she delivered some delicious wave riding to leave the heat extremely close by the end, however it was soon revealed that Daida had claimed the victory and she looked visibly delighted with the outcome.
The all-important battle for third place saw Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) taking on Laure Treboux (Fanatic / North) in the battle of the Swiss ladies. Jaggi soon landed a forward loop and a perfectly executed backloop to take command of the tie and the deficit proved too great for Treboux to recover from despite some radical wave riding and a forward loop.
Men’s Double Elimination
The fantastic conditions continued in Tenerife for the majority of the day and the men’s double elimination was completed up to the final two heats of the third round.
Adam Lewis (Patrik / Point-7) put all of his local knowledge to the perfect use today, the Englishman charged his way back from the first round to book his place in the top sixteen, after winning three consecutive heats. Lewis first took down Pablo Ramirez (Goya Windsurfing/ MFC) followed by Albert Pijoan (Starboard / Severne) and Kenneth Danielsen (F2 / Simmer). Lewis’ radical wave riding and massive backloops proved to be a big hit with the judges, and he’ll now hope to pick up where he left from tomorrow when he faces Alessio Stillrich (Fanatic / North / AL360).
Lewis wasn’t the only sailor to gain momentum from the first round; Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC), John Skye (RRD / Mystic / MFC) and the aforementioned Stillrich all clawed their way back through the double elimination to also book their places in the top sixteen. Brawzinho impressed today with a number of ankle-dry double forwards and he’ll be hoping to continue his charge into the top five come the end of tomorrow. John Skye produced a brilliant performance to dispatch of his fellow countryman Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins). Skye landed a beautiful one-handed backloop and looked super consistent and fluid on the wave to advance. Meanwhile, Stillrich, nailed more of his now, almost trademark super tweaked pushloops to demolish the opponents put before him.
The closest heat of the day was between Klaas Voget (Fanatic / Simmer / MFC) and Jamie Hancock (Tabou / Gaastra) in heat thirty nine. Both men landed superb pushloops and they were almost inseparable in the wave riding department. Voget launched in to a brilliant backside air only to be matched by Hancock, who threw a super vertical turn and a taka. As the score sheets were tallied up there was just half a point in it, overall Voget just managed to edge it and he now goes on to face Marcilio Browne in his next heat.
Ben Proffitt (Simmer) managed to defeat Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) in the other all English affair. On his way to victory the Brit landed a super tweaked pushloop before launching into a radical wave 360 and a slick taka. Although Williams was able to land a couple of wave 360s, it wasn’t adequate on this occasion.
Dario Ojeda (Tabou / Gaastra / MFC) sneaked past Jules Denel (Exocet) by the narrowest of margins, his double forward proved to be vital in clinching the tie and Ojeda will now face Martin Ten Hoeve (Goya Windsurfing / Point-7), after the Dutchman navigated his way past Michael Kleingarn (Fanatic / Gaastra).
Today’s action officially concluded shortly after 7pm after the waves never fully re-established themselves. The forecast for tomorrow is staggeringly good again, with the promise of strong wind and big waves on the horizon. The skippers' meeting has been called for 08:30 tomorrow morning with the action resuming from 9am. Be sure to tune into http://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=1622 to see the amazing action live via the live stream.
The second day started with extremely light winds as the wind Gods refused to follow the forecast, however by twelve o’clock there was enough wind to resume the men’s single elimination. The first five heats of the day provided a true test of the sailors' wave riding ability as the decision was made to count two waves with no jumps.
Later in the afternoon the wind did increase sufficiently to allow one jump to be judged, unfortunately though the stronger wind only lasted for the duration of two heats before dropping back again. In the seven heats that were completed today we witnessed some incredible riding from both the men and women.
Men’s Single Elimination
The first heat of the day saw heat fourteen being re-run after it had to be cancelled yesterday due to deteriorating conditions. Kenneth Danielsen (F2 / Simmer) made a great start to his heat as his picked out the best opening wave to take an early lead against Jamie Hancock (Tabou / Gaastra). The Brit soon responded though with a terrific wave as he linked multiple turns together before finishing with a taka. Danielsen soon hit back and he managed to clinch to opening heat of the day. The Dane threw a couple of powerful slashes and a perfectly executed taka to leave Hancock disappointed. Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC) saw off the challenge of Arthur Arutkin (Starboard / Severne). The Venezuelan was in good form today as he connected his top turns to the lip of the wave time and time again.
Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) had too much class for Christopher Friis (Simmer) in heat fifteen. The Brit unleashed several big frontside hits to advance. Meanwhile, Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra), produced some wave riding of the highest quality in the second round. The Spaniard looked fantastic in both his front and backside riding and his wave selection was superb as he consistently picked out the biggest waves. His Spanish counterpart had no chance and Traversa marched on into the third round.
Ben Proffitt (Simmer) and Jules Denel (Exocet) were once again drawn against each other, but this time it was Proffitt who managed to come out on top after Denel had got the better of the two in Pozo. Denel had one great wave that included a super slick taka but the Frenchman was lacking a second wave to back his score up. This allowed Proffitt the opportunity to hit back and the Brit did just that. Proffitt landed a taka of his own and his wave riding was more radical overall. Philip Köster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) cruised into the third round after dispatching of Frederico Infantino (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing / MFC / AL360).
Into the third round and Scott McKercher (Starboard / Severne) continued his rich vein of form to knock out Dario Ojeda (Tabou / Gaastra / MFC). McKercher simply tore his waves apart as he delivered more of his trademark vertical frontside smacks and an outstanding frontside aerial to leave Ojeda in trouble. The Canarian, who finished on the podium in Pozo, tried to respond with a backside 360 and some slick wave riding, but it wasn’t enough as the Australian reigned victorious after a magnificent performance. The other side of heat seventeen saw Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North) versus Martin Ten Hoeve (Goya Windsurfing / Point-7). Fernandez open the heat with an absolutely perfect double loop, before the Spaniard was given a free pass into the next round after Ten Hoeve was disqualified for having a new set of equipment sailed out to him without any breakages to his original setup.
Heat eighteen saw Alex Mussolini (Tabou / Gaastra) perform brilliantly as he landed a superb one-handed one-footed backloop as well as a myriad of frontside smacks. Voget (Fanatic / Simmer / MFC) landed a one handed aerial and a one handed backloop but it wasn’t enough to beat Mussolini. The B-side of the heat saw Dany Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL360) navigate his way past Phil Horrocks (Tabou / Gaastra). The local man landed a perfect one-handed backloop but it was his wave riding that really stood out. Bruch performed in his normal stylish way as he combined his frontside turns with a fantastic wave 360. If Horrocks had landed his taka which he went for right in the critical section of the wave, then the story may have been different but for now the Brit will have to wait until the double elimination, as Bruch advances into the quarterfinals.
Before heat nineteen was started the decision was made to return the judging criteria to just two wave rides and no jumps, as the wind began to drop. Unfortunately halfway through the heat the conditions became inadequate for the competition and the heat was cancelled.
Women’s Single Elimination
The women hit the water for the first time of the competition on day two of the PWA Planet Wind 365 Tenerife World Cup. As the women’s single elimination was completed up to the quarterfinals.
In the opening heat of the single elimination Eva Oude Ophius (Fanatic / North) managed to progress against Hester Anderiesen (Fanatic / North) in the all Dutch battle. Whilst Amanda Beenen (F2 / North) saw off Carmen Afonso Martin, who suffered a broken UJ during her heat. However Beenen was in complete control of the heat before this, so it is unlikely that the result would’ve been any different anyway.
The other women’s heat of the day saw Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde) defeat Ireland’s Katie McAnena (Simmer), who was another debutant on the PWA Tour. The B-side of the heat saw Steffi Wahl (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg) dominate against Julia Meijer. The German demonstrated her fluid wave riding again, after her impressive display in Pozo.
Despite the sailors being held on standby until six o’clock the wind never returned, so we will have to wait until tomorrow to see the completion of the men and women’s single eliminations. The forecast looks epic for tomorrow with much stronger winds and bigger waves being predicted. With this in mind the skippers meeting has been called for 08:30 tomorrow morning and the first possible start is 9am, with the view to catching the incoming tide to take advantage of the better waves. Watch it all live via the live stream at www.pwaworldtour.com.
The inaugural day of the 2012 Planet Win 365 PWA Tenerife World Cup saw the competitors registering between 10am and 12pm. After the registration process was completed, the men’s single elimination began shortly after 13:45, with sailors needing to complete one jump and two waves to meet the judging criteria. The contest began with 25 knots of wind and excellent waves, however, at half past four the conditions started to deteriorate, which brought the first day to a close just before the conclusion of the men’s second round.
Men’s Single Elimination
The opening heat of single elimination featured the former World Champion Scott McKercher (Starboard / Severne) and he showed off his trademark vertical top turns to advance past the local man Valter Scotto (Fanatic / Challenger). The Frenchmen Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde) looked in great form as he advanced past Francesco Cappuzzo (RRD / AL360), who was making his debut at just fifteen years old.
The standout rider from the first round was Moritz Mauch (Starboard / North) in heat five. The German’s wave selection and riding really separated him from the rest of the fleet as he threw big frontside airs to dispatch of Levi Lenz (Goya) and progress into round two. On the other side of the heat Arthur Arutkin (Starboard / Severne) sailed well to end the hopes of Pablo Ramirez (Goya Windsurfing / MFC).
Elsewhere in the first round; Adam Lewis (Patrik / Point-7) used his local knowledge to knock out Fabric Devos. Whilst Albert Pijoan (Starboard / Severne) was able to successfully defeat Ben Newson (KA Sail) and Leon Jamaer secured his place in the next round by holding off Michael Kleingarn (Fanatic / Gaastra). The remaining battles saw Jonas Ceballos advance against Robert Baldyga (Quatro / MauiSails), whilst Christopher Friis (Simmer) and Eleazar Alonso (JP / Neilpryde) defeated Per Schmitz and Jonas Handekyn (RRD / Hot Sails Maui) respectively. The final sailor to book their place in the second round was Italian, Frederico Infantino (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing / MFC / AL360), who had enough in the tank to end Ismaele De Nuzzo’s (Quatro / Challenger) single elimination at the first hurdle.
The second round, heat nine, saw the first upset of the competition as Scott McKercher rolled back the years to defeat Ross Williams. The Australian landed a clean backloop but it was his wave riding that really impressed the judges. McKercher unleashed several massive frontside smacks to leave Williams in trouble. The Brit tried to respond with some fluid wave riding and takas of his own but in the end it wasn’t enough. Dario Ojeda (Tabou / Gaastra / MFC) suffered no such upset as he beat Antoine Martin.
Heat ten instantly saw more upsets as Martin Ten Hoeve (Goya Windsurfing / Point-7) took down another Brit by defeating John Skye (RRD / Mystic / MFC). The Englishman suffered a broken mast during the heat but Ten Hoeve still deserves a lot of credit for his performance. The Dutchman landed a perfect backloop and he also managed to throw a brilliant wave 360 to clinch the heat. Meanwhile ,Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North), avoided any dramas by putting together an assured display. The Spaniard landed the first double forward of the contest and his wave riding was on a different level to the rest of the competition thus far, with one magnificent frontside aerial in particular being the highlight.
Heat eleven, involving Klaas Voget (Fanatic / Simmer / MFC) took on Adam Lewis, proved to be the closest contest of the day. Both sailors produced an outstanding performance, which saw them open the heat with inseparable one handed backloops. Voget then took a stranglehold of the tie as he landed a slick wave 360. However, Lewis, drew upon all of his local knowledge to hit back with a couple of powerful frontside smacks before throwing a quite brilliant wave 360 of his own. As the judges verdict was revealed, it would be Voget progressing after the German had accumulated the greater second wave score.
Phil Horrocks (Tabou / Gaastra) became the first Brit to advance from the second round as he managed to defeat the hugely talented youth, Alessio Stillrich (Fanatic / North / AL360). The B side of heat twelve saw Dany Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL360) successfully navigate his way past a potentially tricky opponent in Jonas Ceballos. Bruch remained perfectly focussed on the task at hand, and he went onto land an amazing double forward as well as delivering some super late frontside hits to end Ceballos’ single elimination.
Heat thirteen saw the performance of the day as Omar Sanchez (Simmer) claimed the scalp of Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC). Sanchez, delivered a performance that demonstrated, both composure and flair beyond his years as the Spaniard provided the biggest upset thus far. Sanchez’s jumping in particular was extraordinary, with a super tweaked pushloop being his best. Meanwhile, Kauil Seadi (JP / NeilPryde), reveled in the condition on offer as he combined his super fluid wave riding style, with effortless wave 360s. This proved too much for the standout rider of the first round, Moritz Mauch, and the Brazilian safely advanced into the third round.
Heat fourteen which involved; Kenneth Danielsen (F2 / Simmer), Jamie Hancock (Tabou / Gaastra), Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC) and Arthur Arutkin, was started but the conditions soon deteriorated, which lead to the cancellation of the heat.
More to come...