GALDAR, CANARY ISLANDS (Sunday, October 14, 2019): THE WORLD’S BEST WOMEN ENJOY PLAYFUL FRONTON. SUZUKI AND OHARA STILL IN THE FIGHT. ALEXANDRA RINDER IN DEVASTATING FORM.

THE WORLD’S BEST WOMEN ENJOY PLAYFUL FRONTON

 

El Frontón provided smaller but near-perfect conditions today for female riders in the Pro Women’s division of the Fronton Queen. Clean 3 – 4 foot waves unloaded on the shallow reef at El Fronton and provided some great ramps and barrels for the women to perform in. Organizers decided to make the most of the conditions and completed Rounds 1 through to 4, leaving only the quarters, semis and finals to be completed.

 

By the end of this day of competition much high quality riding had taken place, namely from Neymara Carvahlo (BRAZIL) who seemed to grow in strength throughout the day, and also Paloma Freyggang Ivulic (CHILE) who was consistent and able to take a win ahead of Alexandra Rinder (AUSTRIA) in Round 4 to continue on into the Quarter Finals.

 

The Fronton Queen title is one large part of this event, but the bigger show is the APB World Title, where Sari Ohara is trying to be the Japanese rider taking the title home this time. It is up to Ayaka Suzuki to win the event outright and bring it home.

 

 

SUZUKI AND OHARA STILL IN THE FIGHT

 

Both Japanese riders performed consistently throughout the day’s competition today to continue their world title and Fronton Queen journeys. Both Ohara and Suzuki put in strong performances, finding more projection out of the bowl at Fronton and launching larger and more critical rollos, but it was Ohara who was able to maintain a ‘clean sheet’ of victories, while for Suzuki, it was a truly dominant performance from Neymara Carvahlo (BRAZIL) in Round 4 that saw her progress to the Quarter Finals with a 2nd place.

 

Fronton is a challenging and intimidating wave, even when its smaller, but both of these world title contenders didn’t seem to look at all fazed. All that both of them exuded was strength and confidence and certain dogged determination to continue all the way to the final.

 

Both Ohara and Suzuki could decide the world title in the final of the Fronton Queen, but their Quarter Final match-ups will be tough – Ayaka Suzuki has the new European Champion and multiple world champion Isabela Sousa (BRAZIL) to deal with in her Quarter Final, while Sari Ohara has the competitor most in form at Fronton Alexandra Rinder (AUSTRIA) to deal with. Both heats are tough, but after the performance from Rinder today, you would have to say that Ohara has the tougher path to victory.

 

 

ALEXANDRA RINDER IN DEVASTATING FORM

 

A 16.83 combined heat score total in Round 2 was enough to signal to everyone watching today at El Fronton that Alexandra Rinder (AUSTRIA) is not here to make up the numbers. She is here to be crowned Queen of Fronton.

 

In her devastating performance, Rinder was able to launch a huge ARS and a back-up score of a clean invert to take a definitive victory over 2017 World Champion Joana Schenker (Portugal), Anais Velis (CHILE) and Valentina Diaz (CHILE), who all needed a combination of scores to even come close to a victory. While Rinder was unable to repeat this performance in Round 4 of competition, her efforts in Round 2 signal that she is ready to take home the win.

 

If swell size increases as predicted, it will be interesting to see if she delivers even more yet. Only time and the weather will tell…

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

 

The Gran Canaria Frontón King Pro 2019 returns tomorrow for a call from officials during the morning, for a potential start of Round 2 trials before 12 pm.

 

Gran Canaria Frontón King Pro 2019 is organized by Epic Events and promoted by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria through the Tourist Board and the Ministry of Sports that frames this test sports within the European Sports Island program in the Premium category of Events Grand Gran Canaria and the City Hall of Gáldar. It also has the sponsorship of Naviera Armas, NMD Board Company, 7 UP, Ahembo and Jacio Guest House. Collaborate Hydro Flask, RS Sonocom, Sen no Sen, Source Mist and Toyota.

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