Gran Canaria Wind & Waves Festival – Day 1

Largo ai giovani nel primo giorno di gara baciato dal vento, ma non dalle onde, andate in calo nel pomeriggio. Motivo che ha suggerito agli organizzatori di far scendere in acqua  i ragazzini per Youth Contest.
Tre categorie in gara: 12-13 anni, 14-15 anni e 16-18 anni.
Tra i più gradicelli si è distinto l’asso della Cudù, Loick Lesauvage che si è guadagnato la qualificazione insieme a Juliann Salmonn, Noah Vocker e direttamente dal circuito AWT… Max Schettewi!
Cattive notizie per la nostra Nicole Bandini, unica ragazza a scendere in acqua gli Youth, che non riesce ad agganciare la qualificazione.
Nelle categorie dei più piccoli Marino Gil ha impressionato per i suo salti e se la vedrà oggi, meteo permettendo, in una finale a quattro con Sugi Takuma, Jose Antonio Casanova Perez e udite, udite… Liam Dunkerbeck, giovanissimo erede di belle speranze di tale padre… Bjorn Dunkerbeck!

Photos © PWA/Carter
Report day one

GC16_ls_Youths_in_the_spotlightYouth’s – Class of 2016

The next generation take centre stage on opening day
The opening day of the 2016 Gran Canaria Wind & Waves Festival saw the sailors registering for the upcoming week of competition between 9:30am and 11am before the first skippers’ meeting of the week was held at 12:30pm.

The wind was present from the word go, but unfortunately the waves dropped during the afternoon with the high tide meaning the pro’s remained on standby today. However, there was some action during the afternoon as the Youth’s took centre stage for the first time this week.

The Youth’s contest was split into 3 separate categories:
— 12-13 year olds
— 14-15 year olds
— 16-18 year olds

In the 12 and 13 year old category Marino Gil (Goya Windsurfing) stole the show as he threw down a sick tabletop forward and a planing backloop and he will not meet Sugi Takuma (Naish), Jose Antonio Casanova Perez (North) and Liam Dunkerbeck (Severne) in a 4-man final, which will be held tomorrow if conditions allow.

GC16_ls_Marino_GilMarino Gil

Meanwhile, Miguel Chapuis (NeilPryde) came out on top in the opening 14 and 15 years old heat as the Spaniard combined a shuvit and a stylish forward with a 7 point wave ride to finish ahead of Mike Friedl (Goya Windsurfing), who stomped a sick tabletop forward.

GC16_wv_Miguel_ChapuisMiguel Chapuis

In Heat 2 Valentino Pasquale (North) caught the eye of the judges with his wave riding in particular setting him apart. The Argentinian recorded the highest single wave score of the day — earning 8.5 points, while Adam Warchol (Goya Windsurfing) also progressed.

GC16_wv_Adam_WarcholAdam Warchol

Heat 1 of the 16-18 year olds saw Loick Lesauvage (Goya Windsurfing) and Juliann Salmonn (Severne / Severne) use there previous event experience to successfully advance, while Noah Vocker (Fanatic / North / Maui Ultra Fins) looked the most impressive as he landed a perfect one-handed backloop.

GC16_wv_Noah_VockerNoah Vocker

The fight for the remaining qualifying place saw a close battle between Max Schettewi (JP / Hot Sails Maui) and Tim van dam Sanchidrian (Starboard / Flight Sails) — in the Schettewi was given the verdict by way of a 2:1 decision.

GC16_wv_Max_SchettewiMax Schettewi sneaks through

The forecast for tomorrow predicts slightly less wind and smaller waves so the pro fleet may well remain on hold again, but there will hopefully be enough to complete the Youth’s. The forecast from Thursday onwards looks excellent with strong winds and waves just under 2 metres being predicted, which should lead to a fascinating contest. The sailors will meet again tomorrow morning at 10am with the action commencing from 10:30am (GMT+1) if conditions allow. Make sure you tune into from the 3rd-9th July to see all of the gravity defying stunts as they happen via the PWA live stream and live ticker.