Victor Fernandez Lopez finally stamped his authority on the world of wave sailing. He sat on the peak of the double elimination waiting patiently for comers to work their way up through the double elimination to take him off his post.
In the end it was Kauli Seadi who once again mimicked and then bettered Kevin Pritchard to reach the final. If the Kauli Seadi and Victor Fernandez heats were a level above the other draws, then Victor in this instance was also on another level to Kauli, which is a frightening proposition for the rest of the fleet. Every move Victor completed had an extra tweak, or more height than his competitors. His wave riding was solid, the new moves introduced by these guys are shakas off the lip, quite a move and a definate heat winner.
Kevin Pritchard, Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Peter Volwater made the rest of the top five. Dunkerbeck was unlucky in his heat against Volwater where he had equipment failure. By then Volwater was back into his double frenzy. Despite powerful jumps and upwind wave 360’s and wave 360’s the Dunks repertoire, solid as it is, is now starting to look short in comparison to Victor and Kauli.
What Victor and Kauli also showed in Pozo, compared to their compatriots was more competition savvy. Where people like Ricardo go all out in a hit or miss way. Kauli and Victor see what their competitors do then aim to do it higher and better, that way a win is almost guaranteed.
The women saw another round of Freestyle, and another round of dominance by Daida Moreno and Karin Jaggi. With a single elimination up, Nayra Alonso and Sarah Quita were unlucky to face Daida so soon. Laure Treboux once again powered her way to 3rd spot, once again losing to Karin Jaggi and winning against Iballa Moreno.
The slalom 42 was completely dominated by Antoine Albeau, Dunkerbeck and Pritchard just trailing and feeling the pressure. They will be fighting out for second place.
Kevin Pritchard and Bjorn Dunkerbeck have still proved what amazing allrounders they are. Kevin is guaranteed a top 3 position in the waves and the slalom. Dunkerbeck a top 3 in slalom and top 5 in wave. When it comes to allround ability there are few ahead of Dunkerbeck, Albeau, Baker and the Pritchards. Kevin Pritchard is still looking for the overall wave title with a 1st at Guincho, 3rd at Pozo, then Sylt and possibly a Maui event.
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