A. Cozzolino / J. Carew
The final showdown is on! Both riders open up with super tight, precise front hand wave riding, absolutely raking into bottom turns and wringing every last turn out of the shore break.
Carew hooks into one, airs off the lip into a board-off, and lands it! Not totally clean, but the crowd love it and it’s an innovative move. He follows that up with a smooth front roll but Airton one-ups him with a big backroll board-off.
With a little over two minutes to go, James leads the heats but Airton is yet to break out a handlepass and he’s always got that up his sleeve. But can he do it in these choppy conditions?
Both riders are channeling so much power into each and every hack, and seamlessly integrating strapless freestyle tricks and wave riding.
As the buzzer goes it’s impossible to know who’s taken this one yet again, and Airton didn’t go for the 313 so it’s super tense as we wait for the final scores to come in.
If Airton’s won then it’s all over, but if Carew’s taken it then the heat will run again as a defending single elimination winner always gets another chance to defend their position if a challenger beats them in the doubles.
The scores come in though and the answer is clear – Airton takes it by just 0.27 points. An ultra-tight margin, but it’s enough!
AIRTON COZZOLINO WINS THE MEN’S DIVISION AT THE GKA KITE-SURF WORLD CUP SYLT