As the official World Cup Freestyle competition has completed, the riders will be competing in a fun Best Trick competition:
14.05pm – MEN’S BEST TRICK FINAL
E Anderson (BRA) / J Rodriguez (COL) / L Whaley (ESP) / J Ouahmid (MOR) / V Rodriguez (COL) / C Tack (BEL)
Adeuri Corniel bailed out with a small tweak injury before the heat – no sense in risking too much in this fun event when you’re challenging for the world title at the next event for the Dominican.
On trick two Liam stepped up the game with a back mobe 7 a risky trick we rarely see attempted in competition. Indeed only Liam and Maxime Chabloz are the only guys to have landed this massive back roll with two frontside rotations.
Valentin Rodriguez was once again blowing our minds with how high he can pop,
but his slim 9 was evading him. A 7.97 slim 7 put him in second going into the last round of tricks.
Erick Anderson went first for his fourth and final trick and threw a huge double heart attack 5 (double S bend with a backside 5) scoring a very strong 8.77 and he took the lead! Amazing.
Juan Rodriguez came next, big backside 317 on the outside – a 7.83, not enough to move into the podium positions.
Liam was next, currently in second position, he tried that back mobe 7 again, but got a big butt check, so no change in score for him.
Jonas Ouahmid the local was propping up the table. He went for a big double heart attack but again caught a big butt check.
Valentin Rodriguez, lying in fourth with this last trick to go, stretched off his arms on his tack out, turned and headed back in to the beach, left foot forward… and ohhhh he doesn’t get his slim 9. Was a big slim 7 but wouldn’t give him enough for the top 2… he gets a 7.43 and stays in fourth!
So it was Christophe Tack, in third position with a slim 9 that scored 8.2, last rider to go, could he get higher… no! Big butt check on his slim 9 attempt.
So congrats to Brazilian Erick Anderson, who we don’t see on tour very often, but performed really well in the main event and has taken out this best trick! A mouthwatering prospect for the final round of the GKA Kite World Tour coming up in Cumbuco, Brazil next month!
MEN’S BEST TRICK RESULT:
1st – Erick Anderson: 8.77 (double heart attack 5)
2nd – Liam Whaley: 8.43 (back mobe 7)
3rd – Christophe Tack: 8.2 ((slim 9)
4th – Valentin Rodriguez: 7.97 (slim 7)
5th – Juan Rodriguez: 7.83 (backside 317)
6th – Jonas Ouahmid: 6.5 (double heart attack)
Liam: “The rotation is really hard on the backmobe 7 and hard to know the axis. Great to land one, i didn’t do the best execution but it’s good to try tricks that you wouldn’t really try in competition without the pressure.”