Pozo presents its gentle side, lighter winds and smaller waves ensured the sailors spent the day soaking up the blazing sun and relaxing to the tunes on the beach.

The sailors were granted a day of rest after yesterday’s epic action, as the gentle winds and tiny swell deemed the conditions unsuitable for competition. The wave fleet was placed on thirty-minute announcements, in hope that with the change of the tides the waves would increase. However they failed to materialize, much to the frustration of the judges and sailors alike.

Laure Treboux (Fanatic / North), Iballa Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne) and Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) rigged their largest gear to take advantage of the lighter conditions and catch the occasional wave, providing some entertainment for the crowds on the beach, whilst the rest of the fleet relaxed and checked their equipment after yesterday’s beating.

The PWA took advantage off the down time and caught up the world’s rippers to find out how they prepare for the gnarly conditions Pozo is famous for.

Laure Treboux (Fanatic / North)

“I rig my smallest sail, eat as much pasta as I can and hope for light winds.”

Boujmaa Guilloul (Starboard / Severne / Mystic)

“I didn’t really prepare, I sailed the day like I was free sailing and just had fun with it.”

Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde)

“I arrived ten days before the contest, so that I was used to the strong winds because Pozo is unique. It is important to know that your gear works in the conditions.”

Marcilio Browne (Fanatic / North / MFC)

“I went to Cape Town for twenty days, to practice my jumping and I have sailed a lot in Maui this winter so that I am fit and ready for the 2011 tour.”

Evi Tsape (F2 / North)

“I arrived two weeks before the competition so that I could get used to the conditions, but the wind has only been good for a few days, I am hungry for more action.”

Peter Volwater (Fanatic / MauiSails)

“I am more focused on slalom at the moment, but I have been here for the last fifteen years so I think I have that advantage over my opponent’s. However last year I didn’t have such a great result so I have to fight my way through the top seed’s this year.”

Jules Denel (Exocet)

“I have sailed at home in the North of France all winter and it gets really windy there, so I am used to the kind of conditions that Pozo provides.”

Camille Juban (Gun / MFC)

“The wind hasn’t been great at home so I have tried to stay in shape for the last two months so that I am strong and don’t get too tired in my heats.”

With little change in the conditions and the waves looking unlikely to arrive, the sailors were released at 3:15pm. The action will continue tomorrow, so be sure to tune in to the live ticker at 12:30pm for the skippers meeting and the first possible start to competition at 1pm.

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Photo Credit: PWA / John Carter