Sunday 1st March
Location: Cape Verde
Words: Kate Chandler | Images: Ydwer van der Heide
Today we decided to run a Pure Wave format, with best two waves counting to final scores, after judges decided conditions were not suited to a mixed format.
There were also some technical difficulties today, our live scoring system and event ladder were offline, and we had some issues with sound on the livestream early on, so thank you for sticking with us, bringing live action from the beach in remote locations isn’t always easy!
Fourteen year old Charlie Martin RE dominated his heats, the youngster from Reunion showed impressive skill, with powerful hacks in the small waves and advanced to round 5. Judges were looking for riders who could adapt to the conditions of the day, and those that could link their turns in the mushy waves were scoring high.
The smaller waves must have been frustrating to riders like James Carew AU, but it didn’t put the Australian off his stride, he put on a solid performance scoring a respectable 11.53, setting himself as one of the riders to keep an eye on at this event.
The high vibes and passion of the home crowd, kept the mood light, despite the lack of conditions and riders from each heat were coming of the water full of stoke. The Cape Verdeans know how to show their support and do so with pride! One local rider who should be feeling great this evening is Djo Silva CV, not only has Djo played a huge part in the organisation of this event, he also won his first two heats and went through to heat five.