Köster and Moreno Unstoppable

The 2009 Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam Day 8: Köster and Moreno are unstoppable in an epic final showdown.

 Copyright: PWA / John Carter15-year-old Philip Köster has proven that he has what it takes to be the next big name in windsurfing by winning the 2009 Pozo wave event in a convincing style. Daida Ruano Moreno retains her title, and is on course for the number one spot in the overall rankings.

The final day in Gran Canaria demonstrated the incredible new level that Professional Windsurfing has reached. A solid swell peeled into the bay, and a 50-knot wind ripped through the contest zone throughout the day.

After an epic fight in the double elimination, the stage was once again set for the ultimate show down between the event’s two dominant challengers. Philip Köster and Victor Fernandez went head to head, once again, to decide who was going to take the crown as the King of Pozo.

 Copyright: PWA / John CarterIn a breathtaking heat, Fernandez opened well with a routine of high scoring jumps, and a smooth wave ride. Köster responded brilliantly with a massive forward, and a one handed backloop. Both sailors were getting incredible height on their jumps – often above the line of the horizon, and jumping for six seconds before they started a rotation. The crowd cheered as these two incredible men matched each other evenly.

Both Köster and Fernandez were superb, but once again the young star did enough to clinch the title. Köster landed the event’s only pushloop-tweak-forward cleanly, as well as of one of the highest, stalled double forwards ever seen from Pozo’s volcanic shores. At just fifteen, he has taken the world by storm with a performance that will see him compared to windsurfing’s legends.

 Copyright: PWA / John CarterStarting the second elimination well were Marcos Perez, Danny Bruch and Thomas Traversa, who all progressed from the early rounds with a new sense of purpose as they boosted into massive jumps and impressive wave rides. Perez always sails well here, but Bruch and Traversa also caught the spectator’s attention. Traversa landed arguably the highest forward of the day, and hardly touched the water on landing. Bruch landed clean wave 360s in all of his heats, which are the highest scoring wave moves, and nearly impossible in these conditions.

The women’s elimination once again saw excellent performances from Sylvia Orozco, Alice Arutkin and Evi Tsape. Focus should fall on Karin Jaggi who battled from the beginning to finish up third overall. Heat upon heat, Jaggi showed strength and determination, as well as an excellent repertoire that often included massive pushloops.

Nayra Alonso was unlucky to lose out to Jaggi on a split decision, after sailing a brilliant heat. This will be especially upsetting to Alonso whose wave sailing has received much praise this week.

 Copyright: PWA / John CarterThe final was once again a show down between Iballa Ruano Moreno and Daida Ruano Moreno. After landing two excellent backloops, Iballa’s battle was bought to an early conclusion after an air chacho attempt destroyed her kit, leaving her sister to sail into the spotlight and claim the title. Nothing should be taken away from Daida’s victory, as she sailed brilliantly, finishing an outstanding wave ride with the day’s biggest front-side air.

The competitors now turn their attention to Fuerteventura, the final leg of the epic Canaries Tour. There we will see another high-wind slalom battle, and a welcome return to the Freestyle fleet.

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