Women FIN SLALOM
Starting with the women’s side of the draw, they had two disciplines to compete in this week as the fin and foil stayed separate for an extra year. In the foiling, Marion Mortefon came flying out of the blocks, showing how much her dedication to training over the last 2 years has paid off and she took the first bullet of the event. This was the story for how it stayed as well as she managed to hold on to pole position for the entire week.
However, it wasn’t without a challenge as the young Norwegian, Helle Oppedal, took her first victory ever in a PWA race in round 2, only to follow it up in round 3 with another bullet! Consistency and experience, however, was in the end the winning recipe for Marion Mortefon, with 0.7 points separating the two Duotone riders at the end of the week! Outside of the top 2, UK Team Rider, Alice Read, proved to be one to watch in the latter half of the week as she took two 2nds, narrowly missing out on her first bullet in the final race, to elevate her up to 6th after a slow start to the week.
WOMEN FOIL SLALOM
In the women’s fin slalom, it wasn’t quite such a simple story with gusty, shifty conditions blowing the competition wide open and the event lead changing constantly throughout the week. 2019 Vice-World Champion, Marion Mortefon, started where she left off with a 2nd place and by the end of the week didn’t count any results outside of the top 3, including a bullet in round 4. Going into the final race, only 0.3 points separated Marion and 4 times World Champion, Delphine Cousin-Questel in 3rd place – whoever placed in front would take the 2nd place. In a fight for the best start at the boat, the girls were pushing so hard they ended up both crossing the start too early resulting in disqualification from that round! Whilst it wasn’t the race we were expecting from the 2019 top 2, it was enough to award Marion 2nd place in the event and finish the week as the only girl with an incredible two podiums!
Outside of the top 3 it was a week to remember for another of the British riders – this time Sarah Jackson – who also took her first PWA race bullet and went on to post a career best result of 4th place.