Westpoint local legend, Mohamed-Ali Beqqali, saw years of riding development pay off today as he also progressed, commenting on the livestream that the conditions really were as good as it gets here on the first real swell of the season.
Rio de Janeiro’s Pedro Matos joined the Brazilian party next with a super-tight demonstration of in-the-pocket riding, but the contest really lit up when Sebastian Ribeiro entered the competition in round three, signalling the quality to come in the later rounds.
As the waves peaked, the Brazilian ex QS surfer demonstrated an impeccable wave selection (something all riders had predicted would be key, but not all managed), scoring a 9.0 for the longest and most dynamic wave ride of the day.
Later in round three, with those famous dreadlocks removed but still never to be outdone, Airton Cozzolino’s often impossible looking hacks and hits gave him the highest opening wave score of a heat, pitching him tantalisingly in amongst the Brazilians as the leading contenders.
COMING UP THIS WEEK
We are poised for an incredible climax to this event with even better wind and waves coming up in the forecast for Westpoint. Plus look out for the first appearance of the current world champion, James Carew, 2016 World Champ Matchu Lopes, and the women will get their campaign underway.
So don’t miss day two of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Dakhla! Find all the heat scored, ladders and more on the live event page every day: WWW.GKAKITEWORLDTOUR.COM/LIVE