JALOU LANGEREE CLAIMS WOMEN’S SINGLE ELIMINATION VICTORY
Thursday 12th September
Report: Jim Gaunt
Photos: Ydwer van der Heide / Svetlana Romantsova
Videos: Mintautas Grigas
Judging Criteria: Pure wave – 20 minute heats / best 2 waves count from 15 possible waves
Wind: 15 knots sideshore
Wave conditions: Head high (occasionally over) but nice and clean.
Head to the Kite-Surf live page with heat ladders, scores and more.
Completing the women’s single elimination heats that began yesterday, we reached a well contested final between the two leading contenders who had to battle it out for the title at the final event of the season in Brazil last year. Carla Herrera Oria, a strapless freestyle specialist who is adapting to waves, and eventual 2018 title winner, Jalou Langeree, a highly respected double wave world champion who had to adapt to freestyle last year to help her over the line in winning the 2018 crown.
THE WOMEN’S FINAL
Jalou Langeree (NED) V Carla Herrera-Oria (ESP)
Eight minutes and four waves into the heat, Jalou had a best two wave score of 13.53, already higher than Carla had managed so far in the competition, so with the pressure off to some extent, as is the case when you relax, the waves seemed to come to her. Every approach back in to the reef she seemed to be able to pick the faces that would hold up best and demonstrated to the judges her flowing and fluid style, repeatedly letting her fins loose on the top turn.
Carla, however, it must be said is much improved in waves, but reaching the final here is a solid bonus for her in terms of the championship – which she leads through her excellent strapless freestyle results at other events. The Spaniard put everything into this heat having made it this far, careering down from the lip, turning back up and leaving her turns as late as she could at the top, dropping steep and then banking hard again.
Her seventh wave gave her a 5.47, pushing her up to 9.47 overall, still chasing down Jalou’s 13.53 that she’s maintained from waves two and four neat the start of the heat.
Six minutes remained… 8 waves to 7 registered, with Carla bagging most. No matter, it’s only the best two that count.
Jalou chased all her waves in close and seemed more comfortable when engaging repeatedly with the lip. There have been fewer big waves so far in the final, but with four minutes left a new set came in.
Jalou faded right into the foam giving herself more of an open face and attacked, managing just two turns though before hopping over the back early to ensure she’d still have time to catch one of the remaining waves in the set. Carla did the same.
Seconds later Jalou was being escorted in on a clean wall. She held her rail, waited for the lip to feather, cut up and turned right underneath the lip… safe and secure… she dropped in again and smacked the lip once more before 30 yard to her left the remaining section closed out.
The set’s end was looming as was the heat and Jalou had picked another growing chunk. Obviously coming hard off the top she kicked up a big fan of spray beyond the mass of white water of the wave in front of her that we were peering over. She repeated the process on her next turn so there was no mistaking the calibre of her control. Bang-tidy, she looked good.
One minute left and the scores were still 13.53 v 9.47.
Close-out followed closeout for the next 30 seconds; both women had wisely managed to not chase those ones in.
Jalou made three turns on what was surely her last wave, but behind Carla was frantically outrunning a massive wall of white water. As the wave took form she started an evenly timed assault, managing only two turns before the shallows sent the wave into meltdown. In the end it wasn’t enough. Jalou had done it!
WOMEN’S SINGLE ELIMINATION FINAL RESULT:
Jalou Langeree wins the women’s single elimination: 13.53
Carla Herrera takes second: 9.47
The men’s double elimination also got underway. Head to the Kite-Surf live event page to see the scores.