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If anyone is going to attempt a triple loop the conditions have to be perfect and the sailor has to be insane. Roll on the SuperSession on the last day of the PWA Pozo event in 40knot winds, decent swell and a young, fit, slightly insane Venezuelan called Ricardo Campello. Spurred on by his peers, his confidence following a second overall place in the wave contest not to mention a certain juicy, bonus should the triple be landed, the boy gave it a good go!
“Every time Ricardo was getting speed going out, people just started checking if there was a ramp or not and everyone would stop breathing. The run of the triple, you could see it coming. Clean run, no one in the way to distract or interfere, he was going full speed and everyone saw the ramp just building in front of him. Everyone was already calling it “this is the one, this is the one..now, now, now!” When he took off everyone just shut up. When he passed the second rotation and started the third one, the whole beach started screaming and shouting and looking at each other; they couldn’t believe their eyes! When he was coming towards the beach again, everyone just applauded him and cheered him. It was pretty cool to be on that beach that day”
John Skye was in the Super Session final with Ricardo:
"Ricardo is crazy to even think about it. I was in the heat with him and he was just going off. A planing double, a massive stalled double and then finally the triple. In the end me and Victor (Fernandez) were just sailing around watching him. We had both done some moves but knew Ricardo was winning so we just sailed behind him, cheering him on. He is psycho!!
Having seen the attempt I am pretty sure a triple is possible, but probably slightly better conditions would make it easier. Bigger waves and more importantly more side shore. Pretty sure there is no way I would ever try it though. Never say never but you need to have everything perfect AND be in the right frame of mind AND have a few screws loose. Full respect to Ricardo though!”