To start Day 5 of the Gran Canaria Wind & Waves there was barely a breath of wind with hazy, overcast skies, which meant the outlook didn’t look good, but by midday, the wind machine returned to action to provide a short afternoon of sailing for the Youth’s.
15-18 Year Olds:
Nicole Bandini (Fanatic / NorthSails) asserted her dominance in the 15-18 year olds division as she backed up yesterday’s victory with another decisive victory after landing a forward and a tabletop, while linking together a 6 point wave ride to deny Alexa Escherich (JP / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins), who finished second again today, but Regina Villegas earned 3rd place today ahead of Maike Lang (NorthSails).
In the under 14s division Mar de Arce once again proved too good as she pulled off several rocket airs and a donkey kick to defeat Julia Pasquale (Goya Windsurfing) and Maria Morales (Goya Windsurfing).
14-16 Year Olds:
The opening round of the 14-15 year olds division was also completed before the conditions deteriorated further and the contest was called off.
In Heat 1 there was an exceptionally close battle between Adam Warchol (Goya Windsurfing) and Mike Friedl (Goya Windsurfing) with both sailors stomping big backloops, forward and tabletop forwards while being equally matched on the wave.
In the end, it was the young Pole – Warchol – who advanced into the final on a tiebreak decision, while Friedl goes into the repechage.
Heat 2 saw a terrific performance from Japan’s Takuma Sugi (Tabou / GA Sails) and he deservedly booked his place in the winners’ final, while Oliver Rodriguez (Fanatic / NorthSails) goes into the repechage round for a chance to claim the last spot in the final.
Yesterday’s winner – Marino Gil (Goya Windsurfing) – looked to be in fantastic form again as he made the most of the small conditions on offer to earn the highest scores of the day – 25.5 points out of a possible 30.
The 14-year-old pulled off a big, stylish backside 360 which he backed up…