A slightly new format at this event sees riders allowed to make only ten trick attempts in their heat with the best five tricks from different trick families counting towards their final heat score. It means that riders are more motivated to go for the tricks they know that they can land well (which makes for fewer crashes in the heat), but at the same time perhaps inhibits innovation. Several times we saw less experienced riders ‘tricked out’, locking their scores after reaching ten attempts very quickly, leaving their opponent to calculate exactly what they needed to do to win.
The mini-final therefore looked tense and both Camille and Mitu weren’t going as big as we’d seen previously. Hailing from France, but having lived here in Prea with his family for the last ten years, Camille won last year’s single elimination but has suffered a poor run of form this year, largely due to several small injuries. He was however on fire here once again yesterday, twice landing a new innovation, a double front roll with a tick tack (board spin in his hands), which he again used to great effect to steal the mini final win from Mitu, who had looked anxious to not slip too far behind James in the double elimination.