Women’s Round 2
The first Women’s heat of Round 2 went to Pippa Van Iersel from the Netherlands, who landed a powered Backside 313 and S-bend to Blind. She took the lead and passed through to the Semi – finals, and she was joined by Osaia Reding from France, who was delighted to be joining her.
It was a great day for Spanish rider Rita Arnaus who took Heat 6 by storm, performing a fantastic S-bend to Blind, Slim 5, and Backside 313. She was clearly happy with her solid performance and she advances to the Semi-finals. Maureen Castelle follows her through, landing an impressive Hinterberger Mobe. Claudia Leon rode a good heat but couldn’t quite keep up to the rhythm of her more experienced counterparts.
Men’s Semi Finals
Semi – Final 1
Adeuri Corniel was unstoppable for Heat 17, going big on each attempt and stomping an amazing Slim 9 scoring 9.27 points. Set Teixeira creeped up close behind him and landed several great attempts gaining many scores in the 8’s. Gianmaria Coccoluto wasn’t going down without a fight, and landed a clean KGB5 and Heart Attack 5, but sadly missed out on advancing to the final after struggling with his final two attempts.
Heat 18 started off with a bang, as all 4 competitors went huge right from the start, their desire to reach the finals was evident in each trick attempt. The level was insanely high, each rider pushed harder and harder with an eye to reaching the podium here in Dakhla. Current World Champion Mario stomped an outstanding Heart Attack 7, scoring a perfect 10, with perfect execution. Maxime Chabloz performed a powered Slim 7 scoring him 9.43 points. Carlos Mario advances to the final together with Maxime Chabloz, with Anthar Racca narrowly missing out on the spot.
This was just a taster of the insane action that we will see in Saturday’s finals! Tomorrow the competition continues with the Women’s semi – finals and the men’s small final. Be sure to tune in to the live stream!
High res images from the competition so far can be viewed here.