After a long wait, finally the PWA World Championship kicked off last week in Gran Canaria. The reigning Youth Champion, the Catalan Marc Paré, arrived to this first event of the year with the aim to keep on working his way up to the top spots of the ranking, where he ended in an amazing 11th place last year.

Last weeks before Gran Canaria were a bit tricky for Paré, as he was carrying an ankle injury sustained during the preseason. Finally, Paré was able to compete at his best in Gran Canaria and give a proper start to the season. The 11th position he got last year is giving him a little advantage in 2018, as on paper, he would have to find athletes with a lower ranking in the first heats. However, the level in the PWA is amazing, so Paré knew he had to show his best version from the very beginning to advance through the elimination ladder. In his first heat he was able to beat German's Salmonn, but in the second one he couldn't do the same with Britain's Lewis, in which was one of the closest heats of the whole competition. Only 0,37 separated both athletes.

Paré had then to wait until the double elimination to compete again. Once the moment arrived he faced another German sailor, this time Mauch. Paré was better and advanced to meet French's Martin in the next round, who neither stopped Paré. Third heat in the double for Paré would set Jaeger Stone as his rival, who finished 7th in last year's Wave Ranking. Even Paré did his best, he wasn't able to win the heat against the talented Australian, who scored 3 points more than Paré.

This was a promising start of the season for Paré, who got 9th place and matched by the way his best ever result in a PWA event. Wave competition comes back just in a couple of weeks time. Tenerife will hold the second round of the 2018 series, beginning the 5th of August until the 11th.


"Happy to finish 9th this years PWA World Tour Gran Canaria Winds and Wave Festival. Happy with my sailing overall but a bit disappointed I couldn't finish properly my waverides against Stone, who was on fire. One of my goals was to land doubles in my heats, which I did! So very happy overall and already looking forward to Tenerife".

Photos by Joes Pina



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