Guincho, famed for it\’s gnarling shore break and powerful dumping waves, strong gusty onshore winds and 100\’s of bronzed portugese females soaking up the rays on one of Portugals finest beaches. Guincho has a reputation for showing no attempt at providing any conditions whatsoever and then at the 11th hour coming up with the goods, it is a place where you should never, say never!
Last year Kevin Pritchard won in some style with some huge jumps that included long stalled forwards and a move he invented, the one handed, one footed backloop. His chasers were previous world champion Kauli Seadi.
Kauli, though has a new move up his sleeve. Whether the conditions in Guincho allow it remains to be seen. It will be THE highest scoring move since the evidence is that only one person can do it. It is the pushloop forward loop, a combination move that defy\’s all principles of physics! How the scoring for that one is yet for us to know.
Josh Angulo, currently first on the leader board after his audacious victory in Cabo Verde is unlikely to just let these two past him, so if the winds deliver, as they are forecast too, we should be in for another epic PWA wave contest.
This will also be the first contest for the Moreno\’s without a board sponsor. A bizarre situation if ever there was one, 2 of the best windsurfers in the world not representing any brands on the board front, preferring to use their own. We think that it will be hard to prize first spot off these two. Iballa Moreno, who is the current world champion is likely to see the biggest threat from her sister. Although in the strong womens fleet stranger things can happen.
We will keep you posted with regular updates from competitors during the week, so keep checking.
In the meantime have a look at some of the amazing pictures caught by the PWA and John Carter from last years event, for more information check out pwaworldtour.com
Photo Credit: PWA/Carter