Guincho in Portugal hosts the first of the PWA wave tour for the second year in succession. Last years event was typical of Guincho, the sailors were kept waiting as the wind line teased them before eventually filling in during the evening. The wind brought with it exceptional conditions: cross shore, starboard tack jumping and hollow waves breaking over the sandbar. We witnessed some spectacular jumping and wave riding.
Matt Pritchard eventually won the event, just holding off Kauli Seadi (whom went on to win the overall title). Alex Mussolini and John Skye were not far behind. Unlike last year, the women will also be competing this year. Daida Moreno will once again be favourite for the title. Robbie Swift will be back after breaking his foot late last year. All eyes will also be focused on his performance. For more on Robbie\’s injury recovery click here
This year the forecast is not looking promising as yet, but conditions can change quickly in Guincho. The days are hot and the water still cold meaning that a nuclear seabreeze can make an appearence, although this is more like to be towards the end of the week. It hasn\’t exactly been a great start to the competition year wind wise so fingers crossed.
Photo Credit: PWA/Carter