The opening two events of year had proven tricky for Team Pryde's Antoine Albeau, but the reigning world champion was back to his very best over the last 5 days to dominate proceedings. AA claimed 4 bullets and qualified for all but two winners’ finals as he claimed his opening event victory of the year, which sees him rise to 5th in the overall rankings.
Ross Williams continued his great start to the season as he too qualified for every winners’ final bar two. The Brit finished 3rd here last year and was able to go one better this time around as he claimed 2nd place. Williams showed brilliant pace and gybing throughout and he remains in 3rd place overall — firmly in contention for the world title.
Pierre Mortefon still holds control of the 2016 title race after completing the podium. The Frenchman failed to win an elimination this time, but showed the level of consistency required to challenge for the top and he remains the man everyone has to catch.
Matteo Iachino made a flying start to the week as he secured the opening bullet after an enthralling finish against Antoine Albeau. The Italian was able to clinch a further victory in Race 8 to secure 4th place here to maintain 2nd place overall.
Julien Quentel produced a brilliant set of results to record his second top 5 finish of the year and is currently 7th in the world rankings, while Cedric Bordes and Ben van der Steen achieved their first top 10 finishes of the year with the latter winning the final elimination of the week.
The top 10 is completed by Taty Frans, Cyril Moussilmani and Pascal Toselli, who hangs onto 10th place after having to withdraw from sailing on the last day due to a shoulder injury sustained on Day 9.
The last 5 days of racing produced some of the most exciting slalom in year’s with the sailors skills and tactical awareness being tested with a variety of courses, while there were thrilling finales and brutal crashes to make it a show you couldn’t take your eyes off.
Thanks to René Egli for once again organising a fantastic event, which will be remembered for a long time, and to everyone who was involved with the event. The PWA looks forward to returning again.
Overall Ranking 2016 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam: Men’s Slalom
1st Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)
2nd Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses)
3rd Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails)
4th Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7)
5th Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti)
6th Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails)
7th Ben van der Steen (Tabou / GA Sails)
8th Taty Frans (Starboard / GA Sails / Mystic)
9th Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne)
10th Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / Challenger Sails)
Current Ranking 2016 PWA Slalom World Tour: Men’s
1st Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails)
2nd Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7)
3rd Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses)
4th Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / Challenger Sails)
5th Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)
6th Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde)
7th Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti)
8th Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne)
9th Taty Frans (Starboard / GA Sails / Mystic)
10th Steve Allen (Patrik / Severne)
Story adapted from PWA