PWA Lanzarote 09 - The Story
Lanzarote this year didn't really go as well as planed... It started really well with a 2nd place on the first day before things started to go downhill.
I felt ready for this event though: I love the conditions there, arrived 10 days early to train and was sailing really well before the comp started, landing all the moves. I even had first class support there with me, my mate Popov, who helped me out throughout the whole event, cooping with my sometimes not very funny moods....
Everything should have gone really well, but sometimes for some reason it just doesn't happen!
There was a lot of great moments, on and out of the water. It's always great to catch up and sail with everyone, the conditions were awesome with some very windy days and big waves. The level is just insane this year, everyone's stepped up their riding, all the moves are now so high and powerful, and with such big waves coming in there was some sick jumping happening out there: doubles, air chachoos, tweaked pushies, and so on.
As I said I started really well with a 2nd place on the first day, but the following weren't as good...
On the 2nd day my outhaul got undone twice during my heat, I lost and dropped one place. In the following elimination I sailed all the way to the final and was quietly and happily waiting to go out and sail the final against Sarah, when I'm suddenly told that there was a mistake and I'm actually not in the final but in the loser's final. It's mentally the worst to be told such thing and to have to go out within 5 minutes and sail a good heat... My watch wasn't set, my sail not ready - the wind had dropped a lot in the meantime- and even though I tried my best I just wasn't ready. And I lost another heat. A couple more similar stories happened, and in the end I dropped to 4th overall.
Anything can happen during a competition and I'm really disappointed with my result as I know I can do much better, but sometimes it's just how it goes.
Sarah won the event, her sailing is just above everyone else's and a great inspiration. Junko was 2nd, she sailed very well during the whole event, and Daida was 3rd, throwing some massive doubles and other big jumps. All the girls have improved this year, it's really good to see!
I'm now in Pozo for the next PWA Wave event. There will be a lot happening in the next days that's for sure!!!
By the way, sorry for the late Lanzarote report, it's been pretty hectic the last few days, but I'll be better with what's happening here and will keep you updated!