The usual South American dominance of freestyle took a breather yesterday in the second single elimination whilst Normen Gunzlein of Germany powered his way to the semi finals taking out the powerhouse of Ricardo Campello along the way, and then Tonky Frans.
The day belonged to Anxton Oteagui, the flying Spaniard who when in his grove has every move dialed, from big shakas to complex gozada’s and voquech’s. To get to the final he had to beat Taty Frans, which he did despite Taty pulling off double flaka’s, ponch flaka’s and about 14 other moves. Anxton then had to face the sensational Jose “Golito" Estredo from Venezuala. Gollito who rarely drops a move looked unbeateable, but Anxton gave it everything he got and the pressure must have got to Gollito who fell twice. In the dying seconds Anxton (and the crowd – who were cheering him on) saw a ramp and seized the opportunity and launched into a massive air chacho, and landed cleanly. Gollito responded almost immediately with the same move, but it was not as high and not quite as clean. The win went to an overwhelmed Anxton.
The ladies saw just as much drama as Laure Treboux and Sarah Quita continued there winning ways. Daida Moreno, usually unbeatable was crashing more than usual with the challenge from the new talent. The strong but very gusty winds were taking there toll and we didn’t get to see her usual repotoire of ponches and grubby’s. To seal Daida’s fate Laure made a flaka and a switch puneta in their semi final. Daida shaken a little then just won against Silvia Alba in the play off for third place. Today will see Daida fighting back from the unusual space of third spot. It is windier today, so we fully expect that she will pull off some of her bigger moves and make the fight back. If not then maybe there is going to be a new world champion…
The ladies final was all about Sarah Quita, pulling off Flaka’s, E sliders, shuv its, Puneta’s, grubbies and loads of other stuff.
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