The final day in South Africa saw plenty of action, with 2 rounds of Slalom and the conclusion of the wave elimination.
In the slalom it was Ben Van Der Steen that took control on the last day. 2 straight bullets saw him overtake Ross and with it become the IFCA World Champion. Ross had to settle for 2nd place, whilst Alberto Menegatti took 3rd. Worthy of note is wave specialist Klaas Voget who took 4th place in the slalom.
In the waves it was the PWA stars that rose to the top. All the top 4 have had good success on the World cup and also spend a lot of the winter training in Cape Town. In the end though it was Boardseeker boy, Phil Horrocks who took the win, narrowly beating Klaas Voget in the final with a perfect double. Fighting for 3rd and 4th were Ben Proffitt and Kevin Mevissen, with Kev taking the win in the closely fought battle.
Phil had this to say about the event:
“I was using my production JP Twinser wave 76 and my N/P Combat 4.7 , it’s a really sweet combo, it was working really well, i could get the most out of the waves with so much ease, getting aerial’s even in side and side onshore conditions. I had plenty of acceleration off the beach to get all the jumps i needed to rack up the best jump scores of the day too!
It was a fiercely contested competition, there were over 30 guys and many of them compete on the PWA tour so they all put up a hard fight. It came down to a semi final between myself and kevin mevissen, the judges were scoring 2 waves and 2 jumps. I sailed a pretty good heat getting two of the best waves of the day and a solid pushloop in pretty early on, it allowed me enough time to get a good pushloop table top just towards the end to make sure of the win.
In the final i was full power on my 4.7 and the waves were around head high, i got a nice pushloop table top to start and followed it up with a couple of pretty good waves, one of which had a nice section to score a nice air over.. i know Klaas is a top sailor and was racking up the points so i needed a really good second jump to make sure. I landed a backloop and thought i’d done enough but with 30 seconds left on the clock a nice wave rolled in and i nailed a double forward at the end to put the final nail in the coffin for Klaas. It was still really close but the judges just pipped in favour of me and i got the title of Oxbow Big Bay Wave Classic Champion!!!
That evening we had a killer party and it was a really good social event, awesome live bands, local entertainment, it’s great to have an event that is right down with the local people, it was really cool to hang out with the 100 or so people that stuck around for the party after enjoying the action on the beach, everyone was totally stoked on windsurfing!! I can’t wait for next year!”
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