It takes so long to do a double elimination. 2 Days later and the front runners are still sitting and waiting. The problem is that there is only a certain time of the day that the conditions are worthy enough to run a wave event. With so many heats to do with a 10 minute duration it takes a while.
Today the we saw Phil Horrocks, Julien Taboulet, Regis Bouron and Klaas Voget really putting it together to make their way up the ladder. Klaas was unlucky, but close to McKercher. He probably did the highest stalled forward of the competition so far. Mckercher progressed but then went down to on form local, Marcos Perez then took him out.
Phil Horrocks was also sailing well until he met another Spaniard, Jonas Ceballos. Then there was Vidar Jensen who took care of Marcos Perez with a gigantic, big, stalled one handed forward loop all the way around. Amazing stuff. Nik Baker is the only Brit to remain in, fate was on his side as the on form Regis Bouron injured himself and had to pull out of the round.
So in the end it was Volwater and Jensen that won the day, they now go on to face the top four from the single elimination, Dunkerbeck, Seadi, Pritchard and finally Victor Fernandez Lopez. With only 2 in the top 5 under 30, it is definitely another day for the legends.
The main player in the ladies was relatively unknown Uli Hoezl, she beat all comers including the impressive Anne Marie Reichman and Steffi Wahl! She now faces a string of spaniards, starting with Nayra Alonso if she wants to progress much further. ..
Friday should see the completion of the Double Elmination.
Photo Credit: PWA/Carter