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30.07.2018 - Sarah-Quita Offringa Crowned Freestyle World Champion For 11th Time While Gollito Estredo Takes Title Race Lead in Men’s
The final day of the Freestyle at the 2018 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam didn’t provide the explosive finale we were hoping for with the wind only briefly kicking in, before dropping again, meaning there were no changes to the men’s and women’s rankings.

Women’s 
Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) extends her incredible unbeaten run on the Women’s PWA Freestyle World Tour to 11 years after winning both events this year to claim her 11th Freestyle world title. The 27-year-old continues to raise the bar for women’s freestyle, and in a year where it was thought she would face her biggest test yet to regain her world title, Offringa has more than risen to the occasion and is still undoubtedly the Queen of Freestyle.

Maaike Huvermann (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) and Oda Johanne (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) have both raised their level again, but even though they threatened Offringa in Portugal, neither could really land a telling blow here to trouble the now 15 time world champion (11 Freestyle & 4 Slalom).
 
This season there has been almost nothing between Huvermann and Johanne, but it is Huvermann who walks away with second place to be crowned vice-world champion for the 3rd time in her career, but a coin flip could’ve almost decided that, such was the closeness of their battles.
 
Arrianne Aukes (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins) couldn’t trouble the top 3 this time around, but the 31-year-old proved far too strong for the rest of the fleet, which sees her secure 4th place in the overall rankings ahead Johanna Rümenapp (I-99 / Gun Sails / Maui Ultra Fins), who finishes 5th in her debut season.
 
Men's
8-time Freestyle World Champion - Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / Duotone) - proved himself to still be the man that everyone else has to beat as the Venezuelan once again showed that he has that killer instinct of a champion, while still oozing style left, right and centre. And with his main rival - Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) - only managing to finish 4th here you would have to think that victory here is a massive step towards Freestyle World title No.9 - especially given the fact that either Gollito or Vrieswijk have won the last 6 Freestyle events between them.
 
Adrien Bosson (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins) walks away from the opening event of the year with his best ever result on the PWA World Tour - 2nd. The Frenchman has previously finished 3rd in both Austria and Sylt, but went one time better this time around and looks incredibly dangerous.
 
Yentel Caers (JP / Point-7) completes the podium here after producing a series of explosive displays and is firmly in the hunt for his first world title. Caers has not finished outside the top 3 here since 2016 and is now unquestionably one of the main threats on the world tour.
 
Amado Vrieswijk will be incredibly disappointed with 4th place here as with just 2 events on this year’s freestyle tour it looks as though his wait to earn a first world title will go on for at least one more season. And although it seems only a matter of time before the 22-year-old will get his hands on the freestyle world title - the longer he has to wait, the more problematic it could become to shake the monkey off his back.

The top 5 is completed by Antoine Albert (Goya Windsurfing), Dieter van der Eyken (Severne / Severne Sails), Steven van Broeckhoven (JP / Gun Sails) and Jacopo Testa (RRD / RRD Sails / AL360). Albert and Testa both earned their best ever results last year - 7th and 3rd overall - while the two Belgian’s are former world champions who can clearly still mix it with the best in the business.
 
Philip Soltysiak (Starboard / Sailworks), Nicolas Akgazciyan, Balz Müller (MB Boards / Severne), Davy Scheffers (Tabou / GA Sails), Sam Esteve (JP / NeilPryde), Francesco Cappuzzo (RRD / RRD Sails / AL360), Mattia Fabrizi (Patrik / Challenger Sails) and Tonky Frans (RRD / RRD Sails / AL360) complete the overall top 10.

Youth’s
In the short period of wind that there was today the Under 20s finals were completed, which saw Eugenio Marco (I-99 / Challenger Sails) defeat Lucas Nebelung (I-99 / Severne) to take top honours, while the podium was completed by Kango Iketeru, who was able to defeat Illay Bamnolker in the battle for third and 4th place.
 
You can find a full list of the Youth’s results @ http://nor.pwaworldtour.com/PWA_Fuerteventura_Junior_freestyle_results.htm
 
That concludes the opening half of the 2018 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam and after 5 days of Freestyle, it’s time for the Men’s Slalom fleet to dust themselves off for their 5th battle of the season. They will be registering tomorrow morning between 10-11am - before the skippers’ meeting at 12:30pm and a first possible start on 1pm (GMT+1). You can find the preview for the slalom fleet here.
 
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29.07.2018 - A Light, Late Light Flurry of Wind Sees Corto Dumond Win U17s Single Elimination
Day 4 of the 2018 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam looked as though it would be a whitewash with light onshore winds to start the day. However, during the mid afternoon the wind switched back to being offshore and there were just enough gusts to sneak through a few more Youth’s heats in the later afternoon / evening to provide some entertainment.

U17s
Lennart Neubauer (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) won the U15s to earn a chance to move into the U17s division and he successfully made it into the older age category final at just 14-years-old - where he would face Corto Dumond in the final. 

The New Caledonian had shown his prowess in the double elimination of the men’s draw already - advancing two rounds by defeating Hakon Skörge and most impressively Yegor Popretinskiy (Fanatic / Duotone), but understandable struggled slightly in the light and gusty winds, which gave Neubauer a chance. The young German is certainly one to watch for the future, but although Neubauer pushed Dumond all the way in the light winds, the 16-year-old deservedly won the single elimination by way of a 2:1 decision by landing the bigger and more powerful moves when the right gust arrived. 

Takuma Sugi (Tabou / GA Sails) completes the podium ahead of Stefan de Bell.

U20s
Meanwhile, in the under 20s Euginio Marconi (I-99 / Challenger Sails) and Lucas Nebelung (I-99 / Severne) meet in the final.

The forecast for the final day of the Freestyle looks much better, so hopefully the wind will properly kick in and the men’s and women’s double eliminations will be able to be completed in solid conditions. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 10am tomorrow morning with the action commencing from 10:30am (GMT+1) onwards. 


28.07.2018 - After yesterday’s action-packed day, which saw the Men’s and Women’s Freestyle Single Eliminations completed in great conditions, the wind machine took a break on Day 3 of the 2018 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam - sponsored by René Egli - which means Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) and Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / Duotone) remain at the top of the current event rankings with a couple of days to go.
 
Champions On Top
Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins): “Yesterday we sailed the single elimination in really tough conditions. I was on 4.2m but completely maxed, but I managed to keep the nerves down and stay focused and I was very happy about the moves I landed in the final.”
 
Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / Duotone): “I’m really happy to have won the single elimination. The conditions here in Fuerteventura are amazing and the level on the tour now is so high that you can’t make any mistakes. If you do then it’s game over. Congrats to the other guys.”
 
The forecast for tomorrow doesn’t look too promising on paper with slightly less wind predicted for tomorrow than today. However, as always you never know what is going to happen. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 11:30am (GMT+1) tomorrow morning with a first possible start of 12pm.


27.07.2018 - Sarah-Quita Offringa & Gollito Estredo Raise Games At Pivotal Moments to Take Single Elimination Crowns
Day 2 of the 2018 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam saw the men’s and women’s single eliminations completed in trademark Fuerte winds as Fuerteventura proved to be Fuerte by name and Fuerte by nature, once again. Over the course of the day, there was some incredible action as the world’s best freestylers laid down an impressive mix of explosive moves. However, come the end of the single eliminations there was nothing anyone could do to prevent current world champions - Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) and Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / Duotone) from claiming the top spots on the podium… for now at least.

Freestyle
Women’s 
Sarah-Quita Offringa survived a minor blip against Arrianne Aukes (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins) in the semifinals to book her place in the final against Maaike Huvermann (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins), who required a last-second forward loop to pip Oda Johanne (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) to a place in the top two of the single elimination .
 
In Heat 23b, Offringa, who is usually so stylish and reliable, looked a little out of sorts on starboard tack, as she landed just 1 out of her 4 opening starboard tack attempts and for a very rare occasion the 10-time freestyle world champion failed to complete her scoresheet (missing her 4th move on starboard tack).
 
However, as she so often does, Offringa then raised her game to another level in the final as the 27-year-old posted her highest scoring heat of the contest. Offringa was able to land a radical regular kono, while creating a new piece of history by landing the first spock culo in competition on the women’s world tour, which kept Maaike Huvermann at bay, and she was clearly pumped at raising the bar again, while taking a big step towards earning freestyle world title No.11.
 
Huvermann finishes second in the single elimination and the vice-world champion also tried to raise her level in final as she launched into an air skopu on the way out, but couldn’t land it and this time around couldn’t really threaten Offringa. Huvermann pushed the multiple-time world champion all the way last year and will hope for another shot in the double.

Oda Johanne recovered from the disappointment of just missing out of the final, by securing the final place on the podium, but she will obviously be determined to try and overhaul Huvermann in the double elimination with such fine margins between the two of them, so far this season.

Meanwhile, Arrianne Aukes completes the top 4 having earlier defeated Birgit Rieger (Flikka) with an assured display, but she couldn’t really impose against Johanne in the battle for 3rd and 4th place.

Men’s
Like Offringa, Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / Duotone) also raised his level when it really mattered as the Venezuelan posted his two highest scores of the single elimination against Yentel Caers (JP / Point-7) in the semifinal and in the final against Adrien Bosson (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins) to come out on top as he showed his champion winning qualities again by oozing his trademark style.
  
Adrien Bosson equals his best ever performance in a single elimination (also qualifying for the winners’ final in 2016 at the Austria PWA World Cup where he also faced Gollito) after performing at an incredibly high level throughout the single elimination. The Frenchman was locked in a tough battle with Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) in the semifinals, but eventually came out on top as he landed a sick air kabikuchi late on to take the victory and move into the final, where he pushed Gollito all the way. In fact the final was so close that by the end there was just 6.6 points between the two of them. Bosson will now look to hold onto second place at a minimum in order to record his best ever result on the world tour.

Yentel Caers (JP / Point-7) couldn’t quite find enough to defeat Gollito in the semifinals but walks away from the single elimination with 3rd place after beating Amado Vrieswijk in the battle for 3rd and 4th. The Belgian has finished in the top 3 here for the last two year’s and you certainly wouldn’t bet against him climbing higher in the double elimination based on his performances so far… due to the fact that there is so little separating the current crop of top sailors.
 
Having posted the highest scoring heat of the day yesterday - Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) - has to settle for 4th place in the single elimination - which may feel like a bitter pill to swallow. The 22-year-old couldn’t believe that he hadn’t won against Adrien Bosson, while his planing backloop against Yentel Caers in Heat 24 was adjudged to be outside the contest area and therefore didn’t count. Had that backloop have counted Vrieswijk would’ve taken 3rd place, but instead has to somewhat reluctantly settle for 4th. Vrieswijk landed a trademark double air culo - the only one of the contest - but even that wasn’t enough. The Bonairean will now have to regroup for the double elimination but realistically needs to finish no worse than 2nd in order to keep his titles hopes alive this season. Vrieswijk may now take additional time to study the current scoring system and see exactly what it takes to come out on top as he is clearly becoming quite frustrated.
 
Double Elimination 
The opening 3 rounds of the double elimination were also completed before the close of play and the biggest movers so far have been Philip Soltysiak (Starboard / Sailworks), Mattia Fabrizi (Patrik / I-99) and Tonky Frans (RRD / RRD Sails) with all 3 men winning their opening 3 heats. The Canadian will now face Nicolas Akgazciyan, while Fabrizi and Frans will go head-to-head.
 
Soltysiak defeated Niclas Nebelung (I-99 / Gun Sails) and Berk Yalgin (Tabou / GA Sails) before claiming a hard-fought battle against Taty Frans (Starboard / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses).

Meanwhile, Fabrizi looked stylish throughout and sailed with confidence to take down Loick Spicher (RRD / RRD Sails), Julian Wiemar (Starboard / Severne) and finally Antony Ruenes (Tabou / GA Sails) for the biggest upset of the day.

Tonky Frans sailed with his usual style and flow to defeat Deivis Paternina (I-99 / Loftsails), Nic Hibdige (Tabou / GA Sails) - who landed a tail grab air spock - and finally fellow Bonairean - Youp Schmit (I-99 / Avanti) in an incredibly close heat to conclude the day.

The forecast predicts lighter winds tomorrow, but there should still be enough to continue the contest. The sailors will meet again at 10:30am tomorrow morning with the action commencing from 11am (GMT+1) onwards.


26.07.2018 - Vrieswijk Sets Highest Score of the Day  Despite Carrying Injury As Only Top 4 Sailors Remain​
A full fleet of 48 men registered for the opening male freestyle contest of the year this morning, while 11 women and 14 youth’s also signed up for the 2018 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam - sponsored by René Egli. With the trade winds in full flow, the men’s Freestyle single elimination began at 1:15pm with most sailors on 4.4m or smaller as the afternoon progressed, but conditions certainly proved tricky at times with the chop testing the world’s bests skills, however, it was the usual suspects who came out on top.
 
Freestyle - Men’s
At the close of play, only the top 4 sailors remain left standing in the single elimination on a day when there were very few upsets as the top seeds generally prevailed. In actual fact 4 of out last year’s top 6 make up the last 4 - Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / Duotone) - 1st - Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) - 2nd - Yentel Caers (JP / Point-7) - 4th - and Adrien Bosson (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins) - 6th, while 6 out of last year’s top 8 made it into the top 8 - the aforementioned 4 sailors plus Jacopo Testa (RRD / RRD Sails / AL360) - 3rd - and Antoine Albert (Goya Windsurfing) - 7th. All made the quarterfinals or better.
 
8-time world champion - Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo - safely navigated his way into the semifinals after making easy work of Aron Etmon (Starboard / S2Maui) in his opening heat of the day, before surviving a minor scare against Youp Schmit (I-99 / Avanti) when the Venezuelan appeared to break some equipment after landing an air chachoo, but luckily Tonky Frans (RRD / RRD Sails) was on hand to sail him a different setup. Gollito then ended the hopes of Antoine Albert as the 29-year-old asserted late on in what had been a well-contested heat.
 
Amado Vrieswijk may have been heavily taped up at the start of the day after overstretching or tearing his stomach muscles on his first day of training here, but you would never have known that the Bonairean wasn’t at 100% based on his sailing - although at times you could clearly see he was in pain. Vrieswijk, who has finished as the vice-world champion for the last two seasons, laid down the highest scoring heat of the day against Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / Gun Sails) in Heat 21b as he racked up 180.2 points, which must be an intimidating thought for his rivals, given that the 22-year-old isn’t 100% fit.
 
Meanwhile, Adrien Bosson impressed throughout as the Frenchman defeated Nic Hibdige (Tabou / GA Sails) and Taty Frans (Starboard / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses) before posting the second highest scoring heat of the day - 176.5 points - against Jacopo Testa (RRD / RRD Sails / AL360) to book his place in the last 4.
 
Bosson will face Vrieswijk, while the final man in the top 4 is Yentel Caers, who will line up against Gollito Estredo in the battle for the final. Caers won the battle of the Belgian’s by defeating 2015 PWA Freestyle World Champion - Dieter van der Eyken (Severne / Severne Sails) - having already negotiated his was past Italy’s Francesco Cappuzzo (RRD / RRD Sails / AL360) and England’s Jamie Howard (JP) with a series of explosive displays. Although a direct comparison cannot be made between the scores of Caers and Gollito today, the Belgian did outscore the reigning world champion in every heat, so it could be an amazing semifinal.
 
Move of the Day 
Antoine Albert sits in joint 5th alongside Jacopo Testa, Steven Van Broeckhoven and Dieter van der Eyken. The New Caledonian claimed an excellent victory against Antony Ruenes (Tabou / GA Sails) to move into the top 5 and also landed the best move of the day with an incredible, bolt upright, ankle dry air chachoo.

Elsewhere, Davy Scheffers (Tabou / GA Sails) performed well in his first heat, but then arrived a minute late to Heat 18b against Amado Vrieswijk and he was never in contention from then - only landing 3 moves in total, while Adrian Beholz (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg) also suffered a similar meltdown against Dieter van der Eyken - landing only 2 moves in the entire heat and both will now have to wait for the double elimination.
 
Corto Dumond made an impressive debut as the 17-year-old caused one of the only upsets of the day against Loick Spicker (RRD / RRD Sails).

With the wind becoming gustier and the stunt ramps decreasing with the outgoing tide the decision was made to hold the men’s semifinals and finals until tomorrow. The sailors will meet again at 10am tomorrow morning with the action commencing from 10:30am (GMT+1) onwards.





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