|wThursday, October 22, 2009|
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|wSunday, October 04, 2009|
Hard. Hardcore. Sylt!
Iballa wins. Daida takes wave title.
photos: PWA/Carter, text: PWA, windgirls.com
Daida and the beast...
The 2009 PWA tour just has come to an amazing climax, with storms pounding over the North Sea with up to 40 knots and powerful, sometimes masthigh waves - including the infamous Sylt shorebreak of course...
While the men had come to the beautiful, rough islands in the north of Germany to compete in no less than 3 disciplines (slalom, freestyle, wave), the girls battled it out in the waves only. To make it short: Iballa Ruano Moreno sailed perfectly in these challenging conditions and was able to win the double elimination and thus the event. This ment that Iballa and twin sister Diada stood at equal points for the 2009 wave ranking and would have to go out for one last and decisive heat in the stormy Sylt seas. If only... both had showed up on the water...
Daida twaked and sailing better than many men
But no Iballa in sight (later it was said that she had suffered an injury...), so this meant Daida Ruano Moreno was - without additional struggle on the water - could be crowned the (more than worthy!) PWA wave champ for 2009!
Iballa - queen of Sylt 2009
And this is how it all happened on day 8:
Iballa Ruano Moreno (North) was sitting pretty at the top of the single elimination, so by the time it came to her first heat she had barely sailed. Her sister Daida Ruano Moreno (North) on the other hand was already in tune with the conditions having sailed against Nayra Alonso (Fanatic, Severne) to defend her position. Daida upped the level and actually sailed a better heat than most of the men did in their early rounds, landing huge tweaked push loops to beat her sister. This meant a second final would have to take place to decide the event winner. Second time round, both of the Moreno twins were pushing hard and getting some excellent jumps and riding in.
Nayra had not needed to "shit my pants" :-) - 3rd place!
Iballa however pushed the sailing a notch higher and landed a huge push loop followed by a high scoring ride, which just edged her out in front, winning her the heat, and the event.
All of the women sailed extremely well in the tough conditions but some better than others. Evi Tsape (Fanatic, NeilPryde) stood out in the early rounds with some great forward loops and an excellent riding style, but she was halted in her tracks by an on form Alonso. Alonso was hitting heaps of sections with plenty of power, and going for some frighteningly high push loops. Laure Treboux (Fanatic, North) also looked more comfortable in the port tack conditions and was unlucky not to progress further.
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