Update Round One & Two: Men
(Scroll down for women updates)
The decision to move location 20 minutes south from La Franqui to Port Leucate to take advantage of an easterly facing beach for the southerly winds has already paid off. It’s now midday and here’s your update from Men’s round one and round two.
Big news is this new one minute trick format really works! We flew through the heats, averaging a trick every 45 seconds, making for exciting viewing on the livestream. The riders rose to the pressure right out of the gate.
It’s also great to seeing freestyle in such regular coastal ocean conditions. Not easy.
Remember: the riders go one at a time and get six trick attempts, the best four scores count.
Kite size: Generally men powered on 11s, some switching down to 9s.
Conditions: Cross onshore from the right, veering more cross-shore and dropping a bit when it does. Challenging.
All heat trick details and more here.
There was just one heat in round one, which acts as the only qualifier for two French riders for this event. Arthur Krikken eased passed Tom Recalde and advanced to the last heat of round 12, which included Carlos Mario.
Into the main business with all qualified riders entering the contest.
O Perrineau / J Ouahmid / S Spiessberger / V Rodriguez
Stephan Spiessberger narrowly beat new up and comer Valentin Rodrigues with 25.57 to Anthar’s 24.07. But both progress easily and by almost ten points.
R Krikken / A Rosslee / P Serin / S Teixeira
Set Teixeira breezed through with 26.2 overall in the second heat. His F-One team mate Frenchman Paul Serin qualified in second with 22.07. Rosslee was left languishing in third on 8.6
S Mul / R Rodriguez / A Racca / G Coccoluto
Gianmaria Coccoluto’s 317 was landed and ridden up the beach, and rode it out. Very impressive but not scored!. The Italian star finished second to young Mexican Anthar Racca who claimed the highest trick score so far with an 8.67 for backside 317.
T Fermon / R Giuliano / J Krikken / A Corniel
Adeuri Corniel emphatically entered the event and bam! the big Dominican Vice World Champion meant business. Highest heat score so far with 30.3, including two very high scores: 8.8 slim 7 – first trick of heat and 8.67 backside 317. Qualifying in second place was Romain Giuliano from France.
Borisov / Whaley / Pitot / Fermon – was a big heat.
Russian Borisov made a powerful start, but Whaley soon took control with a heart attack 7 on the inside. The Spaniard 2015 World Champ hooked back in just before the shoreline and calmly rode up the beach, edged to stop and eased his leash back overhead ready for his next trick attempt. He followed that up on his second trick with an unbelievable heart attack 7 off the kicker. Huge – a 9.43! The heat became battle for second between Borisov, Fermon and Pitot. Pitot needed 5.33 to claim second on his last trick and makes it, qualifying by just 0.11!
J Cantini / A Neto / R De Sousa / M Chabloz – Neto and Chabloz the big names.
Lots of ocean trick traps out there for this heat, making for some sticky difficult landings. Crashed first tricks for all – until Chabloz (also a ski world champion!) gets a 5.67 for back mobe 5. Brazilian Alex Neto has been a top five performer but not at peak level for today, making a bad error on a standard hinter mobe. Surprise result in the end here for the Brazilians who would have expected Neto to qualify, but it’s Rafael de Sousa who claims the win (317 7.9 score best trick), with Swiss Chabloz in second.
P Martinez / E Anderson /A Pastor / V Garat
Posito Martinez (2016 Big Air world champ and 2019 King of the Air competitor) came into this event without a ranking, but won this heat! Crashing his first trick hard, he then scored a massive 8.38 for a very powered front blind mobe, taking off already one handed and arching beautifully throughout. Very stylish and unique. Good job from the Dominican. Judges looking for that on these single passes. Alex Pastor had two crashes early on, totally out of character, putting pressure on his remaining tricks and he never quite found enough. Val Garat from France was going big, landing a huge heart attack, but only scoring a 6.53 – massive though. Great rider to watch and took second.
A Krikken / L Ferreira / Del Rosario / C Mario
Mario on a 9m no mistakes on first trick, front blind mobe: 6.07 – but we don’t often see him scoring in the sixes! He then crashed on a heart attack 7. What’s going on with his average?! Which is usually up in the 9s of course! Probably his worst start to a heat ever!
Del Rosario took the lead with two trick from two attempts: 5.27 and 5.03.
Carlos’ third trick was a slim 5 which just moved the Brazilian four time world champ ahead with a 5.57 – probably the safest trick in his locker, just to ensure the lead. Suddenly, with Carlos just in the lead, all three other riders crashed their third tricks. Carlos asserting pressure even while riding well below par. Harsh for everyone else. With one trick to go he was on 22.91 compared to 10.47 from del Rosario in second and he was off the hook and safe. Del Rosario followed him through, but with just a 13.67 heat score.