Mar 21, 2012
On the fourth day of the 2012 Fuerte Wave Classic the wind blew again from north eastern direction. The participants and the crew met at 10:00 for a first skippersmeeting. "Normally it's not necessary to start that early with this wind direction," stated local Stephane Etienne. But the goal for day 4 was to get a second round done and the organizers did not want to miss any opportunity to run heats as the forecast for the upcoming days is not so promising.
First tour of the trip on the North Shore was Majanicho. The wind was too onshore and the waves were totally out of order. So the whole crew drove further west to Punta Blanca, which is well known as the best jumping spot at the North Shore. But as well there the conditions were not convincing.
Stop 3 was Cotillo, where we saw good beachbreak action on day 3 already. The waves were small, but the wind was up. Another spot-check followed bit later around 12.30. In the northern bay of Cotillo the break of Agostino is located. "Normally it works best when it's big—above 3 meters. It's the Jaws of Fuerteventura. But today it's very small and it's hard to catch any waves," Italian local Albert "Mandrillo" Ferroni explained.
But probably it was the spot with the best waves and the wind blew side offshore with 17 to 20 knots with stronger gusts.
Iballa Ruano Moreno and Stephane Etienne were the first two sailors on the water to test the conditions. It didn't look too good, but both had some nice waverides.
So the organizers decided to run round two at this spot and called all riders to get ready for the first heat at 13:15. Heat one of the day saw Dario Ojeda, Adrew Fawcett, Francisco Casas Garcia and Albert Ferroni on the water. Dario and Francisco had some excellent waverides. Andrew was not happy about the wave conditions and stopped competing. A bit later heat one got cancelled. "Not enough waves came into the bay and it was really hard to find any good ones," Andrew said about his decision to stop.
Afterwards some riders went out for a free session: Franciso Casas Garcia, Dario Ojeda, Tom Hartman, Amanda Beenen, Fanny Aubet, Jose Romero, Albert Ferroni.
Tomorrow the skippersmeeting will take place at 10.00.