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  1. #15
    From the live ticker:
    16.12 Results from the final: Pending...

    16.04 Thode kicks off with a burner, Estredo replies with a huge shaka, Thode copies. A burner from Estredo, air flaka for Thode. Estredo lands a culo on the inside, then an air flaka on the outside. A sick o/h air funnel from Thode, followed by a clew first flaka. Air funnel 360 from Estredo, Thode nails a sick air bob. Not much in this one. Estredo sticks a pushie on the outside, then a half kono. Thode nails a perfect kono off a rolling swell, the best in the comp so far. A forward from Thode, then a perfect backie from Thode as Estredo lands a one footed forward as the horn sounded. Heat ends.
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  2. #16
    Kiri has won!

    16.15 Current event top 3 (after 1 double elimination): 1st Kiri Thode, 2nd Jose Estredo, 3rd Taty Frans.

    16.12 Results from the final: Kiri Thode wins the first double elimination of the competition!!
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  3. #17
    Someone needs to tell the commentators.
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  4. #18
    Good live interviews this morning, now coming to an end.
    Apparently, it's Kiri Thode birthday today! And he's just 21. Seems like he's already been on the Tour forever.

    And they will re-stream the whole day again, if you have missed today's action (as most of we Europeans have, given the time difference);

    From the live ticker:

    16.25 LIVE STREAMING ANNOUNCEMENT: Please note that the whole of day two's competition will be re-streamed 'as live' when broadcasting has finished here today.

    16.22 Thanks for tuning into day two of action here in Vietnam. Be sure to tune back in tomorrow from 11am local time for day three of competition (skippers meeting and 1st live ticker announcement at 11am).
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  5. #19
    26.02.11 - by: Andrew Buchanan
    2011 Vietnam PWA Grand Slam


    After waiting patiently for Mui Ne’s thermal wind to kick in, the double elimination roared into action shortly after one o’clock on day two. Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra) had proven himself the man to beat after securing victory in the previous day’s single elimination, leaving him the task of defending his position when a challenger arrived through the double.

    In conditions mirroring the single elimination, competition got underway in a steady 25 knot cross onshore breeze, with moderate sized chop over most of the sailing area. First to mount their attack on Thode’s thrown was Israel’s Yarden Meir (Fanatic / Simmer), who looked defiant as he toppled Tilo Eber (JP / NeilPryde) and Russian heavy weight Yegor Popretinskiy (JP / NeilPryde) before finally succumbing to the skills of Canadian Philip Soltysiak (Starboard / Dakine), and settling for a well deserved ninth position in the double elimination.

    On the opposite side of the draw, Anthony Ruenes (Tabou / Simmer) bulldozed his way through his opposition with some stunningly executed moves, leaving Arthur Pollet, Max Rowe (Fanatic / North) and Davy Scheffers (Tabou / Gaastra) in his wake before conceding to European Champion, Steven Van Broeckhoven (F2 / Gaastra). Ruenes’ run meant he settled in seventh position, an impressive come back after bowing out in the second round of the single elimination.

    With Soltysiak falling at the hands of Dieter Van Der Eyken (Severne / Starboard), there was an all Belgium showdown as Van Der Eyken went on to face compatriot Van Broeckhoven. The super charged heat went down in testing conditions, and despite Van Der Eyken’s spell of form, he could not match the impressive magnitude Van Broeckhoven was exerting in his moves. Van Broeckhoven advanced to take on Tonky Frans (Tabou / Gaastra), meaning the final heats of the double elimination would be a carbon copy of the previous day's heats.

    The sailing standard had been impressive through out the day, but the Tonky Frans vs Van Broeckhoven stand-off would raise the bar to dizzying new heights. The pair put on a freestyle master-class of culos, ponch 360s and konos in a heat that had the judging panel’s work cut out. Sadly for Van Broeckhoven he couldn’t make amends for his previous day’s loss to Frans, and for the second time he fell to the Bonaire style maestro.

    So once again, there was to be a Frans vs Frans showdown. From the beach Tonky was the more polished of the sailors, but Taty (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic) proved to be the more competition savvy, filling out his score sheet with a mix of both aerial and sliding moves that trumped his sibling’s styled out, but ultimately less calculated efforts.

    Taty moved on to try and avenge Estredo (Fanatic / North) for his previous day’s loss. The heat started badly for Frans, who failed to stick a clean move for the first couple of minutes. In the meantime, Estredo was methodically working through his routine, and filling out his score sheet on both tacks. Frans’ nerves soon subsided though, and he stuck some stellar moves, including a super technical double spock on the outside, but it was too little too late, and Estredo once again stole the victory from his grasp.

    That left a familiar final of Thode, the previous day’s winner, versus Estredo, the reigning World Champion. From the outset, Thode threw down with venom in his moves. Kicking off with a burner, followed by a huge air flaka and then a sickeningly perfect air bob, Estredo had a challenge on his hands to match the Bonaire local. In response, Estredo stuck a no handed air flaka, one handed air funnel 360 and a burner. It was always going to be a close call, and when move of the day and arguably the competition so far went to Thode, for an epic fully planing Kono landed onto the face of a rolling swell, it sealed Estredo’s fait. Despite a super close heat, Thode took the win, and in turn the double elimination victory with a unanimous 5-0 judging decision.

    1st Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra)

    2nd Jose Estredo (Fanatic / North)

    3rd Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic)

    4th Tonky Frans (Tabou / Gaastra)

    5th Steven Van Broeckhoven (F2 / Gaastra)

    Tomorrow’s skippers meeting is scheduled for 11.00am local time (GMT +7), with the second single elimination commencing shortly afterwards. Keep up to date with every piece of the action @

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  6. #20
    27.02.11 - by: Andrew Buchanan
    2011 Vietnam PWA Grand Slam


    Day three in Mui Ne saw the freestylers unleashed onto the South China sea once again, to compete in the second full single elimination of the event. With a thermal wind you can quite literally set your watch by, it was business as usual when the fleet took to the water shortly after one o’clock.

    As the opening heats ran their course, it became obvious that all the sailors were beginning to get fully dialed into the tricky conditions that prevail in the Mui Ne bay. Cue three hours of the most progressive aerial freestyle professional competition has ever seen.


The first upset of the day was the unfortunate news that Belgium’s Steven Van Broeckhoven (F2 / Gaastra) would not be competing in the day’s elimination after he sustained a knee injury. With the event’s fifth ranked sailor out of the running temporarily, the door was left wide open for the void to be filled by the chasing pack.

    When the dust had settled after the super charged second round of heats, it was the familiar faces of Dieter Van Der Eyken (Starboard / Severne) taking on Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails) and Philip Soltysiak (Starboard / Dakine) challenging Jose Estredo (Fanatic / North) in the first set of quarter finals. Underdogs Van Der Eyken and Soltysiak were always going to have their work cut out to topple their decorated rivals, but this was not to be their day, despite a super close 2-1 judging decision for Taty Frans over Van Der Eyken, and a spirited performance from Soltysiak.

    In the second set of quarter finals, there was an easy ride for Tonky Frans (Tabou / Gaastra), who met little resistance from Yarden Meir (Fanatic / Simmer), and Davy Scheffers (Tabou / Gaastra) came up against a brick wall when we went head to head with the man of the moment, Kiri Thode (Starboard / Tabou).

    That meant that the semi final comprised of exactly the same competitors as the first single elimination, but this time round Taty Frans challenged Estredo, and Tonky Frans sparred with Thode.


First up was Taty Frans versus Estredo, in what was perhaps the most memorable heat of the day. Not only did Estredo pull far and away the biggest air chachoo of the event thus far, but Frans defied both gravity and convention to pull the first double forward of the event, and arguably ever in Vietnam. It was a shame to have to see one of the pair eliminated, but on a super close judging decision, Estredo advanced.

    When Tonky Frans met Thode, the fire works continued to explode. Highlights include a monster shaka from Thode and a perfect tweaked pushloop from Frans. Again, the call was close, but several crashed moves from Frans allowed Thode and his near impeccable score sheet through to face Estredo, in their third show down of the event. That left yet another Frans on Frans battle for third place.

    First to sail was the losers final, which saw a changing of the guard as Tonky Frans raised his game in the howling afternoon winds, and finally defeated his brother with a styled out display of new school freestyle moves. The uncharacteristically inconsistent Taty later admitted that he loathes competing against his brother.

    That left the third manifestation of the Thode versus Estredo final to be run in winds that had both sailors fully powered on sub 4.5m sails. With both sailors vying for super technical moves to pad out their score sheets, it was going to be the man who could push the boundaries the furthest that would be rewarded with the victory. On the final horn, it was anyone’s guess who’d won over the judges, but ultimately Thode continued his unbeaten winning steak, to firmly cement himself on the top of the event’s podium.

    Event Standings After Day 3

    1st Kiri Thode (Starboard / Gaastra)

    2nd Jose Estredo (Fanatic / North)

    3rd Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic)

    4th Tonky Frans (Tabou / Gaastra)

    5th Steven Van Broeckhoven (F2 / Gaastra)

    Tomorrow’s skippers meeting is scheduled for 11.00am local time (GMT +7), with the second double elimination commencing shortly afterwards.

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  7. #21
    It's Groundhog day in Mui Ne, with the second double elimination just completed:

    Here's the latest from the live ticker:

    16.21 2011 PWA Vietnam Grand Slam Freestyle event standings: 1st Kiri Thode 2nd Jose Estredo 3rd Taty Frans.

    16.11 The winner of the double elimination final is: Kiri Thode.

    16.05 A perfect culo for Thode, Estredo lands an air flaka, Thode copies with the same move, but massive! A shaka-flaka for Thode, Estredo lands a ponch into 720. Thode lands a o/h culo with a pirouette, so sick! Estredo is under pressure to deliver here. An air funnel from Thode, then an eslider diablo. Epic kono from Thode, then a culo. Estredo sticks a shaka into flaka. A shuvit spock 540 for Estredo. This heat is amazing. Air bob from Thode, no handed flaka from Estredo. Huge kono from Thode, then a massive backie crash!! Heat ends.

    16.00 Now Sailing: The double elimination final - Estredo vs Thode.

    If you go on the PWA site now, they are doing the final interviews.
    They should then repeat all the day's action with all the streaming footage and commentary repeated for those of us who missed it overnight.

    Second double elimination ladder:
    Last edited by basher; 28th February 2011 at 09:28 AM.
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