This year Fuerteventura was again a successful event. We started the first days with really light winds. The single elimination didn't run so well for me. I had a good seeding to make it in too the final but I lost against Dieter vd Eyken in the quarterfinals. In this heat I was struggling with the light wind and I wasn't able to stay enough upwind for the last 3 minutes of the heat. So I couldn't show the judges what I wanted to.
The Last day I took revange in stronger winds and won 6 heats in a row in the double elimination. In the end I too the 2nd place in the competition on Fuerteventura.
I'm realy happy with this result, and at the moment I'm 2nd in the overall ranking so everything is still possible.
Read the PWA report about me:
One of the biggest stories, if not the biggest story of the single elimination involved Dieter Van Der Eyken (Starboard / Severne) and Steven Van Broeckhoven (JP / NeilPryde / Different). The battle of the Belgians was always going to be an intense affair as emotions ran high and tempers flared, particularly at the end of the heat. The radical Van Der Eyken sailed one of the heats of his life, both mentally and physically, as he caused a massive upset by defeating the reigning world champion. Van Der Eyken was on fire as he landed amazing culos and a super tweaked shuvit spock to earn the best finish of his life as he moved into the top four for the first time.
Into the double elimination and the reigning world champion, Steven Van Broeckhoven, returned with a vengeance as he let loose against everyone in his path. The strong winds associated with Fuerteventura finally returned on the final day of the competition and Van Broeckhoven took advantage of the full power conditions to win six successive heats. The King of pop defeated; Yegor Popretinskiy (JP / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins), Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) and Bjorn Saragoza (Starboard / Hot Sails Maui) before taking the opportunity to exact revenge against Dieter Van Der Eyken. Van Broeckhoven then set his sights on the podium places and victory as he took down Kiri Thode and Tonky Frans to set up a final with Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo.
After six enthralling but energy sapping heats Steven Van Broeckhoven couldn’t quite do enough to force a super final, as Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo successfully defended his single elimination victory despite being pushed all the way by the Belgian. The two men produced an awe-inspiring display to wow the crowd and the judges on the beach as Van Broeckhoven and Gollito pushed the boundaries of the sport yet again. The reigning world champion launched into an incredible gravity defying air shuvit spock and a radical pushloop off almost no ramp but the four times world champion responded with bigger and even more impressive moves. The Venezuelan threw his now trademark ‘Pasko’ before sailing back to the beach to line up in front of the small waves which were now forming. The anticipation and excitement built as Estredo headed out at full speed towards the ramp before rotating through an astonishing pushloop. Both sailors were sailing so well that with a couple of minutes to spare they had both filled their score sheets, however as the scores were tallied up it was Gollito, who would be celebrating after an emphatic victory to win his second event in a row in his quest for a fifth world championship title.
Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo speaking after his victory:
“I feel incredibly happy to win the double elimination against Steven (Van Broeckhoven). It was difficult at the beginning of week with the light winds but finally today we got the strong winds. I’m delighted that I have won the opening two events but it’s not over yet, we’ll see what happens in Germany.”