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Riders topple the ano-blow Medano

Windsurfing

MOTHER Nature was in a mischievous mood as the PWA World Windsurfing Tour pitched up in El Medano, which is normally noted for its high winds and big waves.

The 70 riders from around the globe had to pick their moments after the first day’s competition was put on hold, because of the becalmed El Cabezo beach.

But their spirit, skills and determination saw them squeeze the best out of improving conditions to put them on course for a big finish tomorrow (Saturday).

The first action of the week was the Junior competition, with categories for under-13s, 15s, 17s, and 20s. And it proved that the sport has a strong future, particularly in Tenerife.

Just a glance around the other El Medano beaches on any day will show how much all aspects of surfing are enjoyed in the Canary Islands.

As riders waded into the sea to test their boards and sails, ahead of the resumption of the senior event, Barcelona rider Aleix Sanllehy explained what they were looking for at each venue on the tour.

“It´s about 50-50 between the jumps we can make, and the style of the other moves,” he said. “El Medano differs from some of the other places where we compete. There tend to be more shallow waves here, and, particularly, with the cross-winds, it’s hard to read the waves.”

Aleix started on the tour in 2003 and had a good season last year. “I finished 12th, but messed up a bit at Gran Canaria,” he admitted.”

I did similar there again this time around, but we move on to finish in Germany next, and I’m confident of breaking through into the top 10.”

When the conditions improved, riders went out in groups of four, each with a 14-minute slot to impress the judges. Their best jump would make the biggest difference to the scores they would receive.

With the delays, you’d think they would all be on edge, but they are a chilled-out bunch. It was noticeable that despite the strong, competitive spirit, the camaraderie in the pit area was clear to see, with many passing on advice once they had tasted the conditions.

The presentation marquee was buzzing, and the party spirit reigned at night. It’s one of the reasons why El Medano welcomes the PWA World Tour so enthusiastically.

The knockout process should come to a head tomorrow (Saturday), and, if they get a spurt on and finish early, there will be exhibition events after the main competition.

Keep an eye on www.pwaworldtour.com for updates, or pop along and enjoy this free display of action sport.

 

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