Looks like the last-minute call to enter the event have paid off for Oswald Smith (ZAF) today. He was perfectly boosting up and above the judge tower pulling a massive Kiteloop Backroll to show the spectators in the beach bars what they’re missing out on down on the shores. Master of Mischief is causing some serious havoc on the nuking shores of Tarifa as continued to show us what the big air is all about. He scored 18.7 points and claimed the highest heat score of the day.
Unfortunately, Garat couldn’t top Smith’s experience in gusty shores of Capetown with those of France this time. He executed his tricks nicely, however couldn’t quite obtain as much power as Smith, leaving him in 2nd place with a total score of 9.48, Corniel falling 2 points behind that.
That spurred the Women straight into the action as they head out to the battlefield after that. Claudia Leon (ESP) rode that excitement straight into the water, kicking off the women’s division with a banging total score of 15.08!
Pipa Van Iersel (NED) right behind her, doing her best to throw her tricks in these hectic conditions! Unfortunately, Katie Potter (AUS) couldn’t quite keep up with these two warriors in this battle.
Following that Nathalie Lambrecht (SWE) faced intimidating Kajiya (BRA) unfortunately only managing to land one of her tricks. This made it easier for Kajiya to wipe her out of this round fly up the ladder. Heat 5 was a thrilling one, as our three queens Rita Arnaus (ESP), Paula Novotna (CZE) and Hannah Whiteley (GBR), all known for pushing the girls level higher put on a show!
Novotna struggled to capture the Judge’s attention enough this time, as Whiteley whipped out that power she had been building up in all of her moves. Unlike most of our riders here, it was the purple forecast that brought her back to this battlefield. Rita demonstrated how the off-the-water training really pays off with her massive Kiteloop Backroll scoring a high 6.6. But it was Hannah’s consistency in powerful executions that gave her what she needed to progress to the next round.
Mikaili Sol (BRA) our youngest Woman on tour wrapped up the Women’s action for the day, once again demonstrating that there was no age limit for sending it. Her first time on the water of the day, she warmed up with her first two trick attempts. By the thirds and fourth, you could tell she was comfortable, but no one was ready for her HUGE Frontroll Board off she had been keeping for us in her back pocket scoring a solid 8. These riders really lived up to the local meaning of their names in today’s performance.
Although fellow Brazilian Estefania Rosa (Rose) sent a sweet scent to the shores throughout the heat, Sol (Sun) burned too bright for Rosas flower to fully blossom, taking home the highest scoring heat of the day for the women, as the judges release them for the day.
Joselito Del Rosario (DOM) spurred the last round of the day into action with an outrageous Kiteloop Backroll, but Lucas Pitot’s (FRA) kept his game on point as he answered back strongly with all of his tricks, scoring the points he needed to take home heat 14 with Rosario & Krikken closely falling on his tail.
Just as we were thanking the lucky stars we hadn’t experienced any injuries, Manu Defyffer made us bite our young & hold our breath with the beating he took in the following heat.
A nasty gust boosted him up and completely left him hanging mids air as he attempted to pull his Kiteloop Backroll. This sent him crashing down and his friends & families running to the shores to assist the beaten-up rider. Luckily, De Pfyffer’s ribs survived, but the warrior left the water winded and defeated. It was Luiz Alberto Cruz (DOM) that took home heat 15 with his last trick with his Double Sent Past sending him to the next round.
After De Pfyffers’s scare, the judges decided to call off Heat 15 and send the riders home for the day as the conditions simply became too risky. The sandblasted warriors were quick to pack up and head back for a well-deserved rest after the intense battle they persevered through today with the conditions we experienced.
Judging by tomorrow’s forecast, they will need all the rest they can get. I can guarantee you they will all be mentally preparing over the night for the rough day ahead of them.
We’ll be meeting back here early Friday morning with a first possible start scheduled at 10:00 am (CET) sharp, rested, and ready for another day of nuclear action.
Don’t forget to show the warriors some love and appreciation for today’s entertaining hardcore battle!