Guincho Wave 2006

Iballa Ruano Moreno
Nayra Alonso Anne Marie Reichman
From the 6th to the 11th of June, the finest wave sailors in the world descended upon the beautiful Praia do Guincho in Portugal to face each other in competition. Now in the second year since its rebirth, the Guincho World Cup will be the first chance for the world to see just who is in the running for the 2006 Wave Crown. Whilst last years competition was a "men only" event (Karin Jaggi had commented: ..."What made the barrel overflow was the PWA management board decision to pay part of the price money in Guincho ­ but for "men only". That was a blow to our heads."...), 2006 saw all PWA sailors get involved.

After almost a week waiting for wind, speculation ended on the last day of competition and the sleeping monster woke. Magnificent Guincho on the Estoril coastline finally served up a feast of wind and waves after a weeklong high-tension waiting game. As predicted the Nortada wind arrived, slightly onshore at first allowing riders to use 5.7 sails to enjoy the solid waves, and then gradually increased and swung more cross-shore throughout the evening. Logo high sets produced clean walls for spectacular riding and outrageous jumps. A specialist wave riding event such as this drew new names in the ladies ranks, especially the Maui-based girls who needed no convincing to show off their starboard tack skills after many past season dominated by onshore port-tack tour stops.

winner Daida Ruano Moreno Tiffany, Anne Marie, Silvia
Junko Nagoshi Karin Jaggi, second

The main surprise in the first round was the elimination of Nayra Alonso (E-4, Fanatic/Severne), who was superbly beaten by newcomer Waka Nishada (J-100). Fellow Japanese girl and Maui specialist Junko Nagoshi (J-11 F2/Simmer) cruised past Caroline Barbeau (F-479 Mistral/North Sails). In the quarterfinals a tough draw saw Anné-Marie Reichman (H-98, Naish/Naish) lose out to Karin Jaggi (Z-14, F2/North Sails) and Uli Hölzl (AUT-123, F2/NeilPryde) ousted by Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/North Sails) in the gnarly conditions.

Silvia Alba Iballa Ruano Moreno

The semi’s were brutal, and as with the men’s, experience paid off over daring. Saying that though the girls pushed front side riding to a level previously reserved for Hawaiian competitions, if not further. Throw in aerial skill and the judges really had their work cut out today. Karin Jaggi and Daida Moreno, who seemed to sneak into the game via hard work fighting Silvia Alba (E-67) and Junko Nagoshi, booked their places and took a rest while watching the tactics used by the men in their finals.

Iballa and Junko had a great losers final, fitting of a grander occasion, and proved the world of female competitive windsurfing is becoming a veritable cauldron of talent – one that is growing in numbers as well as stature each season.

winner Daida Ruano Moreno
Junko Nagoshi winners
The big match started with howling winds, more akin to vintage Guincho, and boy did they push it. So hard in fact Karin Jaggi went for a ridiculously radical snap under a hollow lip and paid the price with a long swim and destroyed rig, but not before she had thrown in a couple of huge forwards, fully end over end for good measure! Daida racked up four good forwards, and both would have thrown any number of other jumps had the ramps not been so steep and hollow. Three solid waves, two of which scored high enough saw Daida Moreno home and dry, while Karin stayed wet on her way back to the beach.

In the mens final the judges found it difficult with the glaring sun in the background, but a couple of falls too many from Angulo who had sailed better earlier in the day allowed consistent Kevin to claim first place. Kauli and Nik cut loose in the losers final but the free sailing approach saw Seadi through.

1 RUANO MORENO  Daida          
2 JAGGI           Karin          
3 RUANO MORENO   Iballa         
4 NAGOSHI         Junko          
5 ALBA OROZCO     Silvia         
5 HOELZL          Uli            
5 NISHADA         Waka           
5 REICHMAN        Anne           
9 ALONSO          Nayra          
9 BARBEAU         Caroline       
9 BLANCH          Anna           
9 CRUGNOLA        Valentina      
9 ROBSON          Lucy           
9 WARD            Tiffany        


photos: PWA/John Carter © windgirls 2006