Cabarete continued to deliver the goods today. Wind kicked in at 12 noon. It was light for about half an hour, but then picked up and up through out the day. Riders were out on 8m – 10m’s, so the wind was stronger then yesterday.
The single elimination got underway around 12.45pm kicking off with the women’s heats. Particularly standing out was Morgan Skiperdene (Airush) – a Canadian 16 year old who spends much of her time in Cabarete. She was landing some tweaked raileys to blind, aerial handle passes and was going for some huge kite loop s bends. Unfortunately UK rider Emma York had drawn her in her first heat and Emma was unable to match Morgan\’s high standard!
I (Jo Wilson, Naish and Protest) was up against other local rider Susi Mai (Cabrinha). I passed that heat to go up against Brunha Kajya (Best.) We both kited are socks off but in a 2-1 decision by the judges Brunha had the edge landing an s bend to blind with surface handle pass, railey to blind with surface handle pass and some big down loops.
After 5 women’s heats it was back to the mens. Alex Soto a local Dominican kid riding for Cabrinha was busting some enormous tricks including a double front mobe (un hooked inverted front roll bringing the bar to front hip and then doing a further front 360 rotation passing the bar behind your back in the second rotation). Alex did a double front mobe… if I got the explanation wrong then answers please on a postcard to [email protected].
Alex continued through the heats to finally some up against Aaron Hadlow in the semi finals. Aaron looked as if he was still suffering from the same loss of aggression as yesterday while Alex seemed to be just kiting better and better. It was another close heat with the decision working out in 2-1 favour of Aaron.
On the other side of the draw Kevin Langeree (Naish) must be on some kind of protein shakes or other. He was on top form and full of confidence and sticking at least two big moves on every run. He knocked out Cesar Portas (North) and Mike Blomvall (JN) and then met Aaron in the final.
In the final it looked as though Kevin was determined that this was going to be his competition. He thrived off the success of his previous heats and continued to bust out around 10 different handle passes within 7 mins landing wrapped mobe 7 and a mobe 7 on the other tac. He was going off. Aaron unfortunately was still suffering and definitely wasn’t kiting his usual way. He had less aggression and went for less tricks then normal for him. Not only this but he wasn’t landing all his moves and had a couple of heavy wipeouts in the shallows where one even took out the event photographer Roberto Foersti. Today was clearly Kevins’ day, but hopefully Aaron will be back in full force tomorrow… even world champions have off days and Aaron is certainly due one after winning the last 3 events and best trick contests in a row.
For the girls the main rider to mention was Kristin Boese (Best). She just continues to get better and better and landed a massive down loop s bend to blind with a surface handle pass. Also she bust out some kite loops to blind with a surface handle pass and even a kite loop aerial handle pass. At the moment she is a level above the other girls and she easily rode her way to win the single elimination for the 4th event in a row.
The forecast is pretty shocking. More extreme heat and humidity, but particularly on the cards is a hell load of cloud and rain which generally kills the wind here!!! Let me tell you this… it doesn’t rain here! It full on chucks it down! This forecast is on windguru though so who knows how accurate that is. Keep you updated…
Photo Credit: Ian Edmondson