Liam: “Congrats to Val for winning a world title at 17. This event has been amazing. I’d like to have been on the top step, but this event has still been amazing.”
Luis: Something very nice in Spanish! (Sorry, this Brit reporter needs to improve his languages!)
Adeuri: “It was a really good fight, but Val is super good. But coming to this event in first was great and let’s kick some ass next year.”
Val: “I have no words now to explain. I just want to thank Duotone and everyone who is supporting me now and I’m looking forward to sending it even more!”
Catch up all today’s full heat notes and elimination ladder standings here on the live event page.
More analysis coming soon.
Tomorrow we run the women’s final heats! First possible start 9am (GMT -3)
* On the livestream Luis Alberto Cruz scored 9.4 points on his second trick, which the judge’s scoring tablets had wrongly listed as a backside 319. It was in fact a frontside 319. His score for that trick remained the same, but it meant that his last trick – a 317, which had scored 7.67 – was also in that same family of tricks, so didn’t count. As his four scoring tricks needed to come from four different families, it then meant that his fifth trick – a backside 317, scoring 4.83 – would now need to be included in his new overall lower heat score. All this crucially meant that Liam Whaley overtook him into third at this event, pushing Luis to fourth. Those vital extra points could affect Liam’s overall championship standings… which are currently being verified and will be released very soon.