to the show. Pozo Izquierdo is going off!!
sailors are well prepared for the Grand Slam. The last few days
have provided some optimum conditions for them, the strong cross
on shore winds forcing them to select sails below 4.0. The wild
winds that make this such a challenging location leave sailors
in no doubt that Gran Canaria is a windsurfing paradise. In
the next week we should enjoy some exciting sailing and see
some of the toughest competition in the world of windsurfing.
dramatic scenery around Pozo sets the scene for the contest
and is a reminder of the ferocious wind that screams across
this side of the island. As a home for so many professional
windsurfers Gran Canaria provides a very friendly atmosphere,
everyone looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.
is a great attendance from the worldÍs top windsurfers. Many
having travelled from across the world to compete at this challenging
venue. The line up includes Vidar Jensen N-44 (Drops,North)
and his brother Orjan E-19 (North). The Baker brothers Nik K-66
(Mistral, North) and Ant K-77(F2, Arrows), Marcos Perez E-7
(Mistral, North) and Francisco Goya A-211 (Fanatic,Arrows).
Defending his home territory is Bjorn Dunkerbeck E-11(F2, Neil
Pryde) who will be hoping to use his local knowledge to full
were high amongst the sailors in anticipation of the intense
competition that lies ahead. Sailors have been arriving throughout
the day, rigging their equipment, weighing it down and building
rock shelters to protect it from the screaming wind.
of the sailors attending The Grand Slam in Pozo Izquierdo is
world famous Robby Naish US-1111(Mistral, Naish) . Having competed
on the PWA tour for over 15 years he is recognised as one of
the worlds most accomplished wave sailors. He considers the
Gran Canaria Grand Slam to be the toughest and most demanding
event in the wave series. Robby, "The high winds and fierce
on-shore conditions make this a really challenging event. When
the wind blows the locals definitely have an advantage here.
are some very exciting young sailors competing and we can expect
to see some great moves this week. You can expect ïdouble loopsÍ
and ïpush loops ï. ItÍs all gonna be happening here!" Pozo has
already claimed an early victim. Matt Pritchard US-10 (AHD,Gaastra)
suffered a bad ankle injury yesterday and has decided to fly
home for treatment.
brother and team-mate Kevin US-3 (Bic,Gaastra) spoke about what
happened. Kevin, "Matt has been working hard for the last six
months and this is really hard on him. We (The Team) will have
to work extra hard and try to win it for him. IÍm gonna be extra
motivated to do it for Matt!"
registration complete we are waiting to hear who has been awarded
the wild card entries. There are a number of rookies keen to
discover if they will get a chance to challenge the established
begins tomorrow and the action will certainly provide plenty
more thrills and spills. The opening ceremony takes place tonight
at The Gloria Palace Hotel where sailors will meet with the
local organisers and representatives from the Patromato de Tourismo,
sponsors of the event. The hotel will provide a great opportunity
for everyone to relax and enjoy an evening of hospitality before
the contest heats up.