Tuesday 18th August
Report: Holly Keenan / All photos: Lukas Stiller / Video: Mintautas Grigas
Day 1 of competition here in stormy Sylt and we were flying through the heats! The stage was set for the competition to commence and the howling winds blew the riders into action.
After 14 years of competing, the pioneer of strapless freestyle and all-round legend, Mitu Monteiro announced that he will not be joining us on the tour this year. The veteran is idolised by many of the younger riders on the tour and is without a doubt, the biggest inspiration, behind the strapless freestyle tricks we see today. Whilst his cheerful personality will be missed greatly on the tour this year, we wish him all the best in his new endeavours and hope to see him return to the tour in the future.
With 25- 30kts winds forecast over the next two days the judges have decided they wanted to get through as many heats as possible to make the most out of the awesome conditions!
The judges will be using a mixed format, meaning the two best strapless freestyle moves and the two best waves would count towards the riders final scores.