Elite Men’s Round 1
The Men were first in sequence, and each heat of Round 1 had 3 competitors, where the 1st advanced to Round 3, and 2nd and 3rd get a second chance in Round 2. Each athlete had 6 trick attempts, with their top 4 scores counting.
The Elite Championship commenced at 11.15 am. Austrian athlete Stefan Spiessberger opened with a nice Crowmobe 5, a unique choice for an opening trick. Gianmaria Coccoluto was riding confidently and completed the heat with a good stack of scores. He passed through directly to Round 3. Jonas Ouahmid from Morocco and Spiessberger passed through to the 2nd round.
Set Teixeira was firing through Heat 2 landing trick after trick. He racked up plenty of solid scores, and locked down the position directly to Round 3. Julien Krikken from France and Joselito del Rosario from the Dominican Republic pass through to Round 2.
Valentin Rodriguez, the young 16 year old from Colombia, started with a bang, scoring 8.27 for his opening Backide 317, setting the bar high from the start. Local athlete Kalu de Sousa once again performed consistently, with only one crashed trick attempt. He cleared his way directly through to Round 3, withRodriguez and Guillebert getting a second chance in Round 2.
Former World Champion Liam Whaley is back in action, and we are delighted to see him recovered from his injury and back to competitive freestyle. He had a rough start to heat 4, with two crashes, but he was not about to let that get to him. He made an incredible recovery with a powered Backside 317 and an outstanding Front Blind Mobe. Just as it looked like he was going to cruise his way to Round 3, Alex Neto landed an insane KGB 7 scoring a perfect 10, sending the crowds on the beach into a frenzy. What an incredible moment for Neto, as he locked down his spot in Round 3. Whaley and Rodriguez pass through to Round 2.
Heat 5 was an extremely close call between Luis Alberto Cruz from the Dominican Republic and Val Garat from France. Val Garat needed to go for a good score on his last attempt, but his Backside 317 scored 7 points, just a fraction from what he needed. Cruz advanced to Round 3, with Garat and Giuliano passing to Round 2.
Adeuri Corniel was a man on a mission today. He landed an insane 319 for his second attempt, scoring 9.17 points and putting him in the lead. Despite several crashes, his scores were high and he took the spot directly in Round 3. Anthar Racca was very close to catching him, but crashed his last attempt and will get a second chance in Round 2 together with Edgar Ulrich from France.
Louka Pitot and Maxime Chabloz were neck and neck for Heat 7, with Chabloz just snatching the lead from Pitot on the penultimate trick attempt. Jerome Cloetens from Spain was close behind, but couldn’t quite catch up to his fellow competitors. Pitot and Cloetens advance to Round 2.
What an incredible effort we witnessed from local rider Erick Anderson as he came up against our current World Champion Carlos Mario for Heat 8. Both Mario and Anderson performed some incredible tricks, with an outstanding Heart Attack 7 scoring 9.37 for Mario. The current World Champion advanced to Round 3, with Anderson and Serin passing to Round 2.