Yes, it was possible. Pozo got even windier. At nine thirty, when the skippers meeting was, sailors were out on 3,7 and 3,3. Most of them came off the water saving themselves for their heat and preventing injuries! It was nuclear wind. The head judge waited a bit for the tide to be right, and decided to continue the double elimination. You can imagine the jumps that they did today. Doubles were usual in pretty much every heat. Jonas Ceballos was loving the conditions, and flying unbelievable high! Impressing the judges and the crowd. First he got rid of Graham Ezzy, who actually sailed pretty damn good. Ceballos did his normal jumps plus he nailed a tweaked aerial right on the bunker. Then he faced Angulo, but he couldn’t do much against the takas, fluid rides and sky-high jumps from Jonas. But then he went against Taboulet. Taboulet had beaten the sensational youngster Philip Koester. Young Philip sailed pretty sik, with some awesome pushloops tabletops and pretty high backloops, plus some shakas and takas on the wave. But Taboulet sailed with more experience and wining more points on his rides, with more turns since the very beginning and even a taka at the end. Philip’s double forward wasn’t as good as the French’s ones, and in the Taboulet won. Jonas against Taboulet started with a MASSIVE forward right in front of the crowd from Jonas. He carried on with some insanely high back loops and table tops. His rides were pretty good too, but Julian was more complete in the end. He did combination jumps like big table top forwards and a pretty good double. His rides were longer and nailed a nice taka too. So in the end the heat was for Taboulet, despite Jonas’s opinion.
Frome the other side of the draw were coming Brawzinio, Kauli, Vidar Jensen and Klaas Voget. Klaas had a perfect heat and send Marcilio Browne back to the beach. Marcilio tried some new schoool moves on the waves, but didn’t quite make it. Seadi, on the other hand, was facing local Vidar Jensen, and did exactly what he needed to make it through. Then seadi faced Voget, and the brazilian won the heat, but the german had an impressive performance.
So Seadi and Taboulet fought for the 5th and 4th., and was the brazilian who ones again put a better show with some insane pushloop tabletops. Seadi didn’t really need to do an amazig performance to beat his next opponent, Nick Baker. Baker sailed good, like always, but he is now missing some of the new moves the new generation is pulling.
And a big fight came up next with Kauli facing Ricardo Campello. What a heat. Doubles, massive pushhytabletops, takas, 360, shakas, everything. Campello’s doubles gave him a few extra points and passed to face the Pozo king: Victor Fernández.
It was an epic final. Victor started with a super-massive forward. And Ricardo was giving his best. He did three double, one of them pretty well landed. Victor’s double wasn’t as clean, but his super high one footed backloop and his put him ahead.
In the end, Victor won this heat and with it, his third Pozo contest in a row. This means he hasn’t lost a heat in Pozo in more than three years!!!
In the women division Silvia Alba had day day of her live. She was sailing really good, and made a good come back in the double. She beated Waka Nishida, Nina Tjerneberg, Junko Nagoshi and Nayra Alonso. With Junko and Alonso she had to worked really hard. Alonso sailed well but not at her best. She scored the best wave of the heats but she needed a few more points on another wave. So Alba tried also her best against Karin Jaggi, but this Swiss is hard to beat even when she doesn’t sail a very good heat. Jaggi made all she knew against Iballa Ruano, but Iballa was having one of her best days jumping and riding and there was nothing Jaggi could do to stop her. And once again we had a twin’s final. High pushloops, tabletop pushloops, one handed backloops and even doubles were in their repertory. Daida got the victory and once again the title from Pozo.
Photo Credit: PWA/J.Carter