30th September, 2017, by Chris Yates Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam

Sunday, 01 October 2017

A Look into the Women’s Wave World Title Race with the Moreno Twins.

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Day two of the Mercedes-Benz Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam saw the men’s foil fleet in action for the first time with light offshore winds around 4-9 knots for much of the day. By the end of the day two foil races were completed so as things stand Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti) and Sebastian Kornum (JP / NeilPryde) are currently tied for first place on 5 points.

Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails / Chopper Fins) won the first elimination, but the Frenchman went from hero to zero after being disqualified from the second race in the semifinals after a premature start.

Meanwhile, Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails) held on to a tight victory in the second elimination as he just held off storming comebacks from Quentel and Kornum. Vonk’s victory lifts the Dutchman into 3rd place in the current rankings ahead of former Olympic vice-world champion Julien Bontemps (JP / NeilPryde) and Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins), who completes the top 5.

With the Moreno twins set to battle it out for the top places on the podium again over the coming days we caught up with Daida (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) and Iballa (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) to find out how they are feeling about their title race showdown as they prepare to compete in Sylt again 20 years after their first appearance here.

 PWA: How are you both feeling about the title race?

Iballa: It's always exciting to be here in Sylt as it’s such a big event! For the Title race, I only think about taking the two slots on the podium…I don’t care either way. I’m happy to share with Daida those two spots if possible for one more year….But you never know in Sylt!! The conditions are changing all the time and there is a lot of “incertitude”. But I guess its part of the way. So… we just have to wait and see what the conditions do here in Sylt and we try to make the best of it that we can in the water!

Daida: I actually try not to think about it and just go with the flow. I don’t have many good memories of Sylt from the last 20 years, as I only won here in 2003 and 2008. It’s a bit of a lottery here and you need to be lucky that’s all. Things always happen for a reason, so I will try my best and if conditions allow, try to enjoy my windsurfing, even though I haven’t sailed at all after Tenerife.

PWA: Daida, obviously you were injured in Tenerife, which ruled you out of the rest of the event but you still finished 3rd there - how disappointing was that for you and how is the injury now?

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