Pozo woke up today even windier than the days before. Since nine in the morning, the wave sailors were on 4,0 or 3,7 even. But also there were some nice sets, so the call was made to keep running the double elimination.
In the first heat, Mevissen couldn’t do enough to beat Britains Robby Swift, and local Marcos Perez wasn’t really in the zone to win against Yan Sorlut. Next heat up saw some of the best jumps with John Skye facing local ripper Josep Pons. Pons sailed well, with some really nice tabletop forwards, but Skye had a sweet heat nailing one insane double right in front of the judge’s tower. The other two men fighting in the same heat was Levi Siver against Thomas Traversa. Thomas had some pretty nice rides and sweet jumps, but Levi was looking hungrier to get the victory, and he got it.
In the next heat, two young up and comers, Jaegar Stone, from Autralia and Alex Sanllehy from Spain fought hard to go into the next round, but it was the more radical riding style from the Australian what gave him the victory. Graham Ezzy faced his good friend Florian Jung and won with some impressive pushloop tabletops.
In the next round, Boujma Guilloul played his best trying to beat local hero Vidar Jensen, but the experience of Jensen got him ahead. Dario Ojeda was facing Kevin Pritchard, and had a bit of a nightmare with his sail choice, losing in the end against the American.
Next heat was Klaas Voget against Yan Sorlut. The French sailed pretty good, but the German showed more confidence and style. Controversial results in the other battle in the same heat when Alex Mussolini didn’t get through against Robby Swift. The Spanish rider got the best rides so far in the contests, with some really smooth forwards of the lips straight into a perfect taka plus some sweet turn. Judges said he did two pushloops and needed a different jump, although Alex complain they didn’t notice the difference between a normal pushloop and a table top pushloop.
Same thing happen in the next heat when John Skye got knocked out by a surprised Julian Taboulet. He didn’t do his best and the British rider had a solid performance, but a controversial 2 to 1 decision gave the pass to the French to the next round. The other fight was Levi Siver against another Brit, Phil Horrocks. Horrocks sailed well and so did Siver, but Horrocks won in the end with a nice double and now will have to face Taboulet.
This was the last heat today, as the tide was too low and the waves seemed to vanish. The crew and the waves fleet waited all day for the waves to come back, while Ricardo Campello put his helmet on and entertained the public with his solid triple forward attempts. He didn’t manage it, but we are sure he will do soon! In the end, the head judge decided to call it a day and carry on tomorrow.
The forecast looks even better for tomorrow, so keep tuned!
Photo Credit: PWA/J.Carter