Women’s Round 1
14 year old Mikaili Sol from Brazil stormed into her heat, repeating her strong performance from our last event in Akyaka. She landed an outstanding Heart Attack scoring 8.27 points for her first trick attempt, and followed it up with a 9.4 KGB, 9.07 Back Mobe and perfect 10 for her incredible Double Heart Attack.It was an outstanding start to the competition for the young shredder. She advances directly to Round 3. Maureen Castelle started well but struggled to land three of her attempts. Young newcomer Osaia Reding landed several good tricks for her first Elite event, but not quite enough to catch up to her two competitors.
Qualifier Championship winner Francesca Bagnoli was up against Spanish rider Claudia Leon for Heat 2. We saw fantastic riding from both women, as Leonlanded a 6.37 Slim Chance and a 6.8 S-bend to Blind. It was a strong performance, but not quite enough to top the 8.97 Heart Attack from Bagnoli. Bagnoli advances to Round 3 and Leon gets another chance in Round 2.
Therese Taabbel from Denmark rode an exciting heat for the final heat of the day. She landed a powerful Back to Blind and S-bend to Blind. It was a close call with Rita Arnaus who started with clean Back to Blind scoring her 6.1 points, which she followed up with a Hinterberger Mobe and Slim Chance. Pippa van Iersel from the Netherlands crashed a few trick attempts but made up for it with her massive KGB scoring 8.47 points. It all came down to the last moments, and finally it was Taabbel who advanced directly to Round 3, followed by Van Iersel and Arnaus. It was an amazing performance from all three women who really pushed each other to go bigger on each trick attempt.
Women’s Heat 4 was the final heat of the day, between Paula Novotna from the Czech Republic and Kristina Belogorskaya from Russia. Novotna gave us a taste of her powerful riding landing a good S-bend to Blind and Hinterberger Mobe. Belogorskaya stuggled crashing several of her attempts, but did land a nice S-bend to Blind of her own. Paula finished a solid round of tricks and advances to Round 3, whilst Belogorskaya passes to Round 2.
The competition continues tomorrow with Round 3 for the Men, and Round 2 for the Women. Be sure to tune in to the live stream!
High res images from the competition so far can be viewed here.