Laure 1st in Supersession - Pic by JC/PWA
Gollo 2nd in Supersession - Pic by JC/PWA
Laure Treboux - Pic by JC/PWA
Yoli, Gollito & Laure - Pic by Tom Brendt
Gollito Estredo - Pic by JC/PWA
Gollito in 2nd - Pic by JC/PWA
Laure in 2nd & Yoli in 3rd - Pic by JC/PWA
All winners - Pic by JC/PWA
Gollito - Pic by JC/PWA
Gollito Estredo - Pic by JC/PWA
Laure Treboux - Pic by JC/PWA
Yoli de Brendt - Pic by JC/PWA
Gollito Estredo - Pic by JC/PWA
Max Rowe - Pic by JC/PWA
Day 5, 27.07.11:
The fifth and final day for the freestyle fleet in Fuerteventura finished on a high, seeing Laure Treboux spin her way into first place in the super-session with an incredible one handed grubby diablo!!! Gollito Estredo performed some awesome spock-culos and finished 2nd! Well done!!!
The men’s Super-session results:
1st Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) – Culo-spock
2nd Jose Estredo (Fanatic / North) - Culo-spock
3rd Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra) - Culo-spock
The women’s Super-session results:
1st Laure Treboux (Fanatic / North) – One handed Grubby diablo
2nd Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) – Switch chachoo diablo
3rd Svetlana Martynova - Smooth e-slider
Day 4, 26.07.11:
The fourth day in Fuerteventura kicked off to a tense start, with light winds blowing over the competition area and relaxing tunes being played in the main tent. The remaining five men and four women were placed on standby, to anxiously wait for the conditions to improve.
With little change in the wind by two o’clock the sailors began to panic that they would not be able to complete the competition, however the wind gods were on their side, blessing the sailors with breezes up to twenty knots for the final flurry of action in the double elimination.
Men’s Final: Having defended his second place, and earned a position in the final Van Broeckhoven was fired up when he faced the four times world champion Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North). Estredo sailed a perfect heat landing all of his most daring moves, and filling his score sheet in record time. However Van Broeckhoven timed his moves to perfection nailing a monster culo and massive konos on both tacks in a desperate bid to win the heat. Van Broeckhoven was awarded the win with a 4-1 decision from the judges. With one victory each the pair would have to go head-to-head one more time to declare who would be the overall event winner.
Men’s Super-final: The crowds on the beach fell silent as the sailors lined up and waited for the green flag to be raised. Estredo was first to move landing a clean spock-culo in front of the judges. Van Broeckhoven fought back with a dry ponch and a colossal shaka flaka. A mind-blowing nine minutes of action flew by as the world’s best freestylers performed every move possible to impress the judges. Fuelled by adrenaline the sailors ran up the beach to hear the results announced. Van Broeckhoven was awarded the victory and the event title with a 3-2 decision from the judges.
Women’s Fleet: Venezuelan Yoli De Brent (Fanatic / North) and Xenia Kessler (JP / NeilPryde) were the first women to take to the battle arena, fighting for third place. The duo looked fairly evenly matched both landing clew first spocks and loops and flakas. However De Brent was able to take the lead separating the pair with her switch moves, seeing her advance to face her teammate Laure Treboux (Fanatic / North). Treboux was on fine form throughout the heat landing a fully planing grubby under the judges’ noses, De Brendt fought back hard landing a forward loop and a flaka. It came down to the final minutes of the heat when Treboux upped the game landing a one handed clew first spock and a one handed flaka to secure her place in the final.
Women’s Final: Just nine minutes separated Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) from claiming her third event crown and her fourth world champion title. Offringa didn’t let the pressure affect her performance and she sailed an inspiring heat landing an incredible set of moves. Treboux upped her game, landing a funnel and a switch kono, but she was unable to match the power and diversity of Offringa moves. Offringa was awarded the victory to the cheers of the crowds on the beach after an amazing season where she was unbeaten on the water.
The 2011 Fuerteventura Men’s Freestyle Results:
1st Steven Van Broeckhoven (F2 / Gaastra)
2nd Jose Estredo (Fanatic / North)
3rd Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra)
4th Tonky Frans (Tabou / Gaastra)
5th Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins)
The 2011 Fuerteventura Women’s Freestyle Results:
1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic)
2nd Laure Treboux (Fanatic / North)
3rd Yoli De Brent (Fanatic / North)
4th Xenia Kessler (JP / NeilPryde)
5th Arrianne Aukes (RRD / Simmer / Dakine / AL360)
Day 3, 25.07.11:
Winds blowing just below the suitable level for competition teased the sailors throughout the day. Occasionally large gusts blew over the competition area providing enough time for the sailors to hit the azure water, pump onto the plane, and pull their gravity-defying maneuvers.
Conscientious that the day was slipping away the judges decided that they would have to make do with the conditions and announced that the heats would be extended to nine minutes to accommodate the lighter winds, raising the green flag at 2:30pm.
Women’s Fleet: The lighter winds and a flat sailing ground provided the perfect conditions for the women to unleash their most daring maneuvers. With the wind dropping for the day the sailors were released at five o’clock, leaving the final heats of the double elimination to be completed tomorrow. Opening up the women’s heats tomorrow will be Kessler vs Venezuelan Yoli De Brent (Fanatic / North) in the battle for third place. The skippers meeting will kick off at 11am with a first possible start to competition at 11:30am.
Day 2, 24.07.11:
Incredible conditions allow "Gollito" Jose Estredo to bulldoze his way through the single elimination in Fuerteventura.
Twenty knots of wind, blazing sun and turquoise waters provided the perfect conditions for the world’s finest freestylers to wow the crowds with an amazing afternoon of action. Consistent conditions allowed the remaining heats of the single elimination and the opening heats on the men’s double elimination to be completed.
Men’s Fleet: Four times world champion Jose Estredo (Fanatic / North) started the day on a high, landing an enormous shaka-flaka and a monster air funnel to defeat the young Belgian star Dieter Van der Eyken (Starboard / Severne). An incredibly exciting battle for a sacred place in the winners’ final saw Van Broeckhoven and Thode go head-to-head, unleashing their most insane tricks. Thode pulled a planing Kabicutchi and a perfect culo-spock, however Van Broeckhoven was on superb form, boosting super high into all of his moves and landing them with precision. Estredo continued with his routine of mind-blowing maneuvers to conquer Taty for his place in the final.
Men’s Final: Both parties entered the men’s final with all guns blazing, determined to take the early advantage in Fuerteventura. Van Broeckhoven took the lead landing a colossal shaka-flaka and a planing burner. Estredo was quick to fight back landing a bolt upright spock-culo and future diablo. The pair was neck and neck until the closing seconds of the heat when Estredo separated the score sheets with a skopu into puneta, forcing Van Broeckhoven to attempt an astounding double burner. Estredo was announced the victor at the prize giving on the beach.
Women’s Fleet: Heat twenty-three of the women’s single elimination saw the ladies battle it out for their place in the winners’ final. Laure Treboux (Fanatic / North) and Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) dominated their opponents Yoli De Brendt (Fanatic / North) and Arrianne Aukes (RRD / Simmer / Dakine / AL360). The ladies went about landing their most consistent moves to secure their pass into the final, whilst De Brent and Aukes looked to be struggling with the conditions, and unable to perform their moves on the inside.
Women’s Final: With just seven minutes to perform their most impressive stunts, the duo immediately burst into action. Treboux opened the heat with a clean spock 540 and a planing grubby diablo in front of the judges. Eager to take control, Offringa launched into a perfect toad, a switch kono and a smooth funnel. Treboux attempted to fight back with a shove-it spock but Offringa was already too far ahead on the score-sheets.
Men's single elimination results: 1st Jose Estredo, 2nd Steven Van Broeckhoven, 3rd Kiri Thode, 4th Taty Frans.
Women's single elimination results: 1st Sarah-Quita Offringa, 2nd Laure Treboux, 3rd Yoli De Brendt, 4th Arrianne Aukes
Check out Gollito´s winning heat:
Day 1, 23.07.11:
Fuerteventura springs into action with the freestyle fleet ripping, flying, and spinning through the opening rounds of the single elimination.
A gentle start to the 2011 Fuerteventura Grand Slam allowed the spectators to flock to the beach, the sailors to focus their minds on the battle ahead and the atmosphere to intensify as the morning progressed.
Men’s Fleet: Brit Max Rowe (Fanatic / North) slayed Sten Aava, planing out of the majority of his maneuvers, and Slovakia’s Andraz Zan (F2 / Hot Sails) came out all guns blazing to beat Mauricio Alvarez (Patrik / Gaastra).
Down to the top sixteen and the conditions were becoming ever more complex as the rising tide bought with it larger chop for the sailors to contend with, as well as the judges announcing that the best four out of seven moves would count towards the sailors’ scores.
Eager to put on a show and earn a position in the top eight, the sailors decided it was time to unleash their most daring maneuvers. Van Broeckhoven burst into a gravity defying culo to secure his victory over Yegor Popretinskiy (JP / NeilPryde / MFC). Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra) wowed the crowds with a super clean culo-spock and a double spock in the choppiest patch of water, and Jose Estredo (Fanatic /North) launched into a perfect air chachoo to defeat Leo Ray (Naish / Naish / MFC).
Women’s Fleet: The opening two heats of the women’s single elimination were completed when the conditions were at their most testing. The women had to be particularly selective where they performed their moves in order to avoid the large patches of choppy water.
Laure Treboux (Fanatic / North) opened up women’s heat 21 on fine form landing a clean set of maneuvers to see her advance through to the semi-finals past new girl to the tour Danielle Lucas (Severne). On the other side of the heat the Venezuelan style queen Yoli De Brendt (Fanatic / North) defeated Mio Anayama (NeilPryde) with an enormous forward loop and her super smooth spocks.