Day 1 of the PWA Pozo event kicked off with some wave action and some different faces pushing through the elimination in the mens.
Early standout, as predicted, was young Philip Koester. He put together a solid performance mixing pushloop tabletops, doubles and pushy forwards to advance through to the quarter finals. Unfortunately for him he met the unstoppable Victor and despite putting up a good fight, couldn\’t quite match Victor\’s contest experience.
Ricardo Campello also put on a good display, mixing some solid wave sailing with some freestyle magic, including shuv-it air spocks and a brand new move on the wave. Hitting the lip backside, he slides the tail out and then follows through like a grubby. Hard to explain, but looks good.
Other stand out was Dany Bruch. He had the contest of his life, taking out 3 world champions on his way to the final. He beat Pritchard, McKercher, Kauli and Nik Baker before finishing 2nd in the final to Victor.
Victor looked solid the whole way through, with perfect doubles, and some of the best backside 360\’s of the comp. This makes it 3 in a row, which means he hasn\’t lost a heat there in 3 years! Lets see if he can hold onto it in the double.
In the women\’s it was a lot more predictable with the usual top 4 rising to the top. Nayra Alonso showed she is back on form after her foot injury and took the 4th position with her usual aggressive wave riding style winning over the judges. Karin just pipped her to 3rd place fighting hard until the end of the heat.
The women\’s final was the usual family showdown between the Moreno twins. Iballa put on a good show, but unfortunately some of the subtilise of her jumps were missed giving it to her sister on a plate. Nether the less Daida put on her usual display of jumping to leave little doubt as to who was the winner.
Tomorrow the double elimination starts, giving everyone a chance to fight there way back to the top. Lets see if Diada and Victor can hold their positions.
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