Day 3 saw sunny skies, no rain this time, but no wind either. A best trick contest has been posted for a second discipline, but we still need 50 minutes of wind in the next two days to complete the double of the freestyle.
Ok so whoever told us that Portugal is a hot country they are wrong!!! No one has any jumpers and its bloody cold!!! Not only that but it rains… and when it rains it doesn\’t rain! It pours!!!!!
Anyhow, that has not put off the wind although it has madde it slightly erratic! We have been lucky because no wind was forecasted, but again today we got around 15-18knots.
The double elimination got underway this morning at around 10.30am. The usual names such as Etienne Lhote, Aaron Hadlow, Kevin Langeree etc. didn\’t get out to play as the comp finished before the semi finals, but there are some remarkably good riders that battled there way through today.
Noticably there was Mike Blomvall (JN). He rode heat after heat from the second round all the way up to the semi finals. The icing on the cake was beating Etienne Lhote in a close heat, but a very tired Mike after very many heats in quick sucession was happy to see the comp called off until tomorrow.
A local guy called Guilley Brandeo (RRD) was going off!!! He was pulling some huge kite loop handle passes and had an awesome style. He rode hard and powered, but finally came up against a charging Blomvall!
Also riding very well with some huge power was the youngest rider on the tour Madison Van Huerk (Naish). He weighs something like 40 kilos and will be riding a 6m when the average rider is out on a 10 or 12m. Madison was pulling some flat 3\’s (a flat 360 spin with an aerial handle pass, often done off a small wave) with his kite horizantal to him. Also he pulled off some big kite loops, but took a couple of hard wipeouts on the kite loop handle pass!
Madison was stopped in the quarter finals by Malerie De la Villermarque (North.)
For the ladies Jalou Langeree (Naish) had an unfortunate day. She was pulling some nice moves including a big Down loop s bend to blind, but she wasn\’t sticking her landings quite as well as she usually does. She was taken down by Katja Roose (Protest) who rode a safe, but solid heat.
On the otherhand charging up from the second round was North rider Ania Grzelinska. She was landing some nice moves including railey to wrapped and railey to blind surface handle passes as well as some nice kite loops. She is next to come up against me to fight out for a chacne to go into the final against Kristin Boese.
Keep an eye here and I\’ll up date you on the latest results tomorrow. We should be finished in the main event by lunchtime, but will probably continue the comp with a best trick contest.
Enjoy Ian\’s pics
Photo Credit: Ian Edmondson