Every year the PWA WAVE season kicks off with the perhaps most exciting of all existing windsurfing events: The GRAN CANARIA WIND AND WAVES FESTIVAL at the windy coast of Pozo Izquierdo. Blessed with 40-50 knots of wind and decent swell the sailors put on a show like no other.
Our fantastic team riders got rewarded with good places in the main draw:
Victor Fernandez Lopez 4th (you know what happend last year, after he "only" finished 4th in Pozo!),
Alexia Kiefer Quintana 5th (yessss the 14 year old girl!),
Gollito Estredo 7th (biggest balls - 3 stalled doubles in a row),
Julia Pasquale 9th (after winning the girls U17 contest).
THIS IS AMAZING: "The real story in the women’s double elimination involves Alexia Kiefer Quintana, who finished second in the Girl’s U15s earlier in the week. The 14-year-old came back from the second round of the double elimination, all the way into 5th place as she won 4 consecutive heats defeating Maeli Cherel, Birgit Rieger, Oda Brødholt and Maaike Huvermann. The youngster looks a real prospect for the future and already possesses great style and aggression on the wave, while also landing planing forward loops. Iballa Moreno eventually brought Kiefer Quintana’s come back to an end" (PWA).
For Adam Lewis, Alessio Stillrich, Arthur Arutkin and Alex Gran-Guillot the battle through the elimination ladder, unfortunately, ended too fast. Especially in heats toward the high tide, it seemed to be a lucky draw to eventually find waves for higher scores. Well, fingers crossed for the next events. We all know what you guys are capable of!
Some say windsurfing is dead.
The 60 registrated kids and young guns prove them wrong, sailing on a level that probably would have won a title a while ago. Giant killer Alexia and her bunch of crazy DUOTONE NOWKIDZ dominated the youth contest:
Girl’s U15: 2nd Alexia Kiefer Quintana, 3rd Lina Eržen (her first PWA wave event!)
Girl’s U17: 1st Julia Pasquale
Boy’s U13: 1st Carlos Kiefer Quintana (best backloop in the U13 business), 2nd Val Eržen (first wave event as well)
Boy’s U15: 3rd Tobias Bjørnaa
Boy’s U20: 3rd Valentino Pasquale
Furthermore Lukas Meldrum from the UK, José Casanova Perez "Mini-Victor" from Almerimar sailed in the U20 youth category. We are super proud of all our bright future windsurfing stars. A huge THANK YOU to their dads and moms for the unconditional support throughout the entire year! You guys ROCK!
Check out the slide show below for the best action shots!