It was yet another day with extremely strong and turbulent winds here in El Medano, Tenerife, Spain. Rider’s, staff and crew were basically in a war against the wind. The wind speed this morning peaked at 52 knots, but is forecasted to drop a little as the day progresses. There’s a motivational saying lingering around the event site today, “go hard or go home!”
The men’s wave trial eliminations began early this morning in El Medano. Mark Shinn (Shinn, GBR), Johnno Scholte (Slingshot, NED), Jan Marcos Riveras (Starkites,), Javier Dias (JN Kites, ESP), Sky Solbach (North, USA), Luis Pardo (ESP), Ewaw Hill (SCO), Bollard Bastien (F-One, FRA), Pablo Fernandez (Cabrinha, ESP), Guillermo Jimenez (Wainman, ESP), Miguel Ruiz Quezada (RRD, ESP) and Frederick Zamora (North, PUR) all moved on to the main event.
The main wave event kicked off shortly after 2:00pm in El Cabezo, which is just a short distance upwind from El Medano beach.
In the men’s wave division a total of three rounds were completed. Abel Lago (RRD, ESP), Guilly Brandao (Mormaii, BRA), Bruno Bordorsky (RRD, BRA), Mitu Monteiro (F-One, CPV), Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL), Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED), Rafael Aguado (North, ESP) and Ian Glaza (Mormaii, BRA) all move from the first round into the third round. Sebastien Garat (RRD, FRA) eliminated Javier Dias (JN Kites, ESP) but was later defeated by Abel Lago (RRD, ESP) in the third round. Lago was really on top of his game, cutting with great power and style. Brazilian rider Guilly Brandao (Mormaii, BRA) had a successful day with great tacks all the way down the line moving him into the fourth round, which will resume tomorrow. Bruno Bordorsky (RRD, BRA) was also in top shape defeating Brazilian Filippe Ferreira in the third round moving him into the fourth round against Mitu Monteiro (F-One, CPV). Mark Shinn (Shinn, GBR) defeated Diego Anta from Spain in the second round but was later eliminated by Mitu Monteiro (F-One, CPV) in the third round due to an overall better new school style and power. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) had a great first round but was later eliminated my Ewaw Hill who moves into the third round due to his faster and more powerful cuts and turns. Sky Solbach (North, USA) had a great first round in the trials this morning, which led him to the second round in the main event against Miguel Ruiz Quezada (RRD, ESP). Solbach defeated Ruiz Quezada leading him into the third round against the 2010 Moroccan wave event champion, Ian Glaza (Mormaii, BRA). Glaza wiped out on the first wave crashing his board into the rocks destroying his fin boxes. Glaza lost nearly 2 minutes in an attempt to reach a second board while Solbach takes the win with higher scoring waves.
In the women’s wave division a total of two rounds were completed today. Ania Grzelinska (North, POL) moves into the third round as well as Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP) due to their impressive style. Ainhoa Garcia (Airush, ESP) and Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR) also move into the third round due to their powerful cuts and higher scoring waves. In the second round Angela Peral (North, ESP) defeated Almudena Naranjo (F-One, ESP) leading her into the third round against Grzelinska, which will be the first women’s heat tomorrow. Brazilian rider Milla Ferreira defeats Holly Kennedy (North, GBR) due to her overall better wave performance and style. French rider Penelope Pessin also moves into the third round defeating Spanish rider Laura Fernandez (Cabrinha, ESP).
Tomorrow’s mandatory riders’ meeting is scheduled at 10:30am for freestyle with a first possible 11:00am and 12:00pm for wave competitors.
The El Medano Kiteboarding World Cup is supported in part by: Volumen Canarias, Turismo Granadilla De Abona Turismo De Tenerife, Ilustre Ayuntamiento De Granadilla De Abona, Coca Cola, Red Bull, Cruzcampo, Hotel Aeropuerto Sur, Hotel Mare Nostrum Resort, ASEC El Medano, Club De Kitesurf Borde De Ataque, PKRA, IKA, ISAF.