Last night saw the jump ramp trials for the main PWA event. Trialists were given 8 jumps, with their best 2 counting.
Results amongst the top 8 were very close, but the 4 qualifiers were: Jamie Hancock, Douglas \’Cheo\’ Diaz, Marcilio Browne and John Hibbard.
Browne looked to be the main man of qualifying, notching up a push loop, a forward and a number of air chachoo\’s. Jamie Hancock counted a push loop and a table top whilst John Hibbard counted a forward and table top.
Oisin van Gelderen was the unlucky man to finish 5th, missing out on a place in the PWA event by half a point!
Surprisingly, the UK\’s jumping guru, Andy King, failed to qualify after breaking 3 fins on the jump ramp and struggling to get a good take off.
The already qualified PWA competitors were also given a chance to practice their skills for tomorrows event.
Stand out sailors were Alex Mousilini with monster high, arch backed back loops, nearly landed outside the pool! Riccardo Campello, got his practice times organised (after missing the freestyle practice earlier in the day) and showed the crowd why he is so highly regarded with a tweeked pushloop.
Worst crashes went to UK Freestyle Champion Andy Chambers who struggled to get the take off right and had 3 monster wipeouts, one that saw him clearing the whole ramp without his kit! Thankfully there were no serious injuries, but plenty of bruises to remind the sailors of how lethal the ramp can be!!
Tonight is an Expression session and party in preparation for the main event which starts tomorrow!!
All the best video footage from the event and training days will be brought to you in the next issue of Boardseeker Magazine, due out next Wednesday (18th). We will also have some head cam footage of the jump ramp, so you can see how scary it really is!!!
Photo Credit: Simon Crowther