The next edition of the AWT kicks off down in Oregon, bringing many of America’s, and indeed the World’s, top windsurfers together for another epic battle on the water. Follow all the action right here on Boardseeker with Brit abroad, Si Crowther.
Congratulations to Camille Juban who win’s in Pistol River! Check the wrap up VIDEO here.
Jump of the Day
This would have to be Kevin’s trademark one footed backloop. He went high and landed it clean. It was in the dying minutes of the heat and not the easiest to do given small ramps and on/off wind. Noteworthy too are Camille’s tweaked push loop and Morgan stylish one handed back loop.
But let’s not give it all to the pro Men… Ingrid with her forward loops, Ferdinando had a couple of awesome forwards himself, and Brian Caserio went for a huge forward loop that catapulted him from the straps, it was impressive. Alex Bitoun said with tongue in cheek “We can finally respect him as a head judge”
Wave of the Day
This goes to Camille. A number turns in the pocket with explosive style and full rail commitment even in those small conditions followed by a nice little tweak aerial Levi style.
Kevin’s wave 360 was a big surprise – how does he do it in those conditions???
Fiona was making the most of conditions on offer hitting the lip better and better every heat she was in.
Casey Reher was impressive too, hitting the lip like the pros, he will be one to watch in future!
While Brian Caserio did not shine in the final heats, he did have some awesome lip smacks in the first couple of heats making us question whether he should have been competing with the pros…
Stand out heat
Two heats stand out to me…
The first is the pro semi final with Levi, Camille, Bernd, Sean Aiken… all riders were killing it and all had the potential to turn it around with a single wave or jump. Levi and Camille prevailed in this tight affair with their above the lip work. Many on the beach felt that side of the draw was like a final itself.
The other great heat was the women’s final. For the first time we saw Fiona dominate the wave riding, and Ingrid the jumping. The two were so close all the way to the end. Miho and Katie were very close behind as well. Women’s sailing has come a very long way and it’s great to see them going for it.
Day Four Gallery, all images credit Si Crowther.
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Ross Furrot hitting the sand bars and snapping his board was pretty heavy. A few have hit the sand bar and got catapulted pretty nicely as well…but to snap a board, at least he was commited.
Brian went for a big forward that did not go as planned.
Dana Miller – Pistol River local man – also had a couple of forward loops that did not go as planned with the light winds.
Also, Fiona’s couple of forward loop attempts in the final, they looked brutal… but we all know she’ll be rotating fully very soon, she learns at a rapid pace.
Wooden Spoon for dumbass moment of the event goes to….
I’m giving dumbass moment of the day to two people for the same incident. Alex Bitoun In and I! It was the Pro mens second round heat, I focused on Levi’s gear for some time and burned of a fair few shots, but I felt there was something wrong, Levi looked well off form.. then I saw another set of Levi’s kit in the same heat and it was firing in the small conditions.. Turns out Alex Bitoun had sailed in the same heat as Levi and had borrowed Levis gear.. way to go.. dumbass 😉