It was Nik Baker all the way in the finals, well almost all the way. The last race of the last final where Nik and Ricardo Campello went right down to the wire, literally. It was one all, each sailor winning the race that they were first away off the ramp. The last final they battled to whoops from the crowd, but Nik just clinched it over the line in amazing style.
Ben Proffit also put a good performance in the slalom, unfortunately for him he met Nik in the semis, and got edged out on a gybe. The battel for 3rd and 4th was between him and Josh Angulo, whom has really taken to indoor windsurfing. This time Josh’s aggressive sailing saw him at top spot.
The womens slalom was cleaned up by Daida, but Junko Nagoshi is getting more used to the pool and looking more of a threat.
The jumping proved spectacular once again, although they were not getting the same height as last year, and a lot more were catching their fins on the ramp. Nik Baker, Iballa Moreno and Ricardo Campello were involved in some really spectaculor wipeourts.
The Final four consisted of Ricardo Campello, qualifying with an excellent push loop, Nik Baker with a Table Top forward, Josh Angulo with a Push Loop and Yannick Anton with a push loop amongst their other jumps.
Kauli had too many crashes despite an excellent chacho attempt, John Skye was struggling to get enough speed up to get the height he needed, whilst Jamie Hancock and John Hibbard were close to getting to the final, but lacking a few vital points.
Ricardo cleaned up the final with a Table Top Forward, Nik sitting comfortably in second place. Despite some crazy approaches to the ramp, Yannick Anton is using his light frame to great affect. Placing 4th with a high 1 footed forward.
1. Ricardo Campello 2. Nik Baker 3. Josh Angulo 4. Yannick Anton
Now here is a thing. Daida did not win the jump. Junko Nagoshi, her first ever indoor jump in competition wowed everyone with a perfectly high, perfectly landed forward loop. Better than a lot of the mens. She then confirmed her first place with some nice Table Tops. Daida tried to respond, but crashed two back loops, and scored a perfect forward. Nyra Alonso also got really good height on a forward, but stalled mid way. Iballa was not having the luck, and had a terrible wipeout on the ramp.
1. Junko Nagoshi 2. Daida Moreno 3. Nyra Alonso 4. Iballa
Photo Credit: Simon Crowther