Online il video della bellissima gara di ieri PWA La Torche, Wave Single Elimination vinto da Ricardo Campello. Per il Day 5 invece niente gare, aspettiamo ancora l’inizio dello slalom.
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LA TORCHE PWA GRAND SLAM
Day 5: A day of rest as the wave sailors recover from yesterday’s wave marathon
The calm weather returned on day five of the La Torche PWA Grand Slam as the wave sailors recovered from yesterday’s punishing, but brilliant, conditions. After a chilly start, with the thermometer reading just 5 degrees celsius, the temperature soon rose with the appearance of the sun, making for another stunning autumn day. Even though there was no windsurfing today, the crowds continued to roll into the event area to meet the stars of the show, whilst also jumping in the water to take advantage of the, seamlessly, never ending waves.
Sailors from all fleets were eventually released at 4pm, but before then we caught up with a couple of sailors. Firstly Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde), who produced a great display of sailing yesterday:
PWA: How about windsurfing in front of such a big crowd?
AM: “It’s simply amazing. Just to feel the atmosphere on the beach with all the crowd was amazing. Sailing with all the cheering and applause felt very special and it really encouraged you to push yourself, going bigger and bigger and trying to land something better.”
PWA: Why did you opt for a quad?
AM: “Because the wave was kind of… gnarly you know and heavy, so I really wanted something that offered me more control on the wave and I think this was the best gear I could have for yesterday’s conditions.”
PWA: Okay… so when would you personally opt for a 3 batten sail over a 4 batten sail or vice versa?
AM: “For me I’d say in somewhere like Pozo, or say Klitmøller when it’s really strong winds, then I’d say that the 4 batten is better for me. It just offers a bit more control in the jumps. But if you are waveriding more then for sure I choose my 3 batten. It’s a new concept and a totally new feeling that I really like and it works great.”
Next up, reigning world champion – Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) – who performed one of the biggest jumps of the day during the single elimination with a monstrous, stalled double forward. Browne finished third yesterday, which is the first time he has featured in the top three since the opening event of the year:
MB: “It was a lot of fun, I love those conditions, similar to where I come from in Brasil. I had a great time and I think having these conditions made the tour a lot more complete this year.”
PWA: What setup were you on?
MB: “I had all from 4.2m to 5.7m on the beach and boards – 78l, 84l, 94l and 104l. Most of the time I was on 4.5m or 4.7m paired with my 84l.”
PWA: Up to now this year hasn’t been the easiest competition year for you, did it feel good to move back into the top three after the last couple of events?
MB: “For sure, making into the top 4 is always nice, but I am just trying not to think about the previous events and focus on just having fun here now!”
PWA: Thanks, Brawzhi.