He has done it again. Kauli has won the single elimination in Cape Verdi.
Once again, Ponta Preta provided excellent conditions for the best wave sailors in the world to show what they are made of. And once again, Kauli Seadi dominated the competition.
With an only 32 men draw, every heat from the very beginning was tough. The head judge decided to run 18 minutes heats with four men on the water and the two best advancing.
Mussolini not going through was one of the first surprises of the day. But nothing he could do against the local hero Josh Angulo and an on fire Francisco Goya in his return to the PWA competition.
The biggest surprise in the first round was Polakow being knocked out. He could not go through to the next round and lost to Julian Taboulet and Boujma Guilloul.
Campello and Skyeboy were some of the other surprises not getting though to the next round.
In the second round, Angulo and Goya won against Klaas and Baker in a heat with some amazing turns, smacks and aerials.
Swift was on form and passed to the next round together with Scott McKercher, leaving behind Victor Fernandez and Yann Sorlut.
Kay Lenny was one of the best sailors of the day and got through to the next round together with Boujma Guilloul.
On heat 20, the judges had a though decition to make, with Seadi, Pritchard, Levi Siver and Peter Volwater sailing some awesome waves. In the end it was Seadi and Kevin Pritchard who got through to the semis.
In the semis, outstanding quality from the four of them: McKercher, Goya, Angulo and Swift. But it was Goya and Angulo who got it in the end. McKercher had some amazingly vertical approaches but weren’t enough to get him through.
In the other semi, Kai Lenny was looking confident and Seadi had to work some of his best turns to get through. Boujma got a nice wave, but in the end in was Seadi and Pritchard who got through from that heat and into the final.
The final was critical. The wind dropped to nearly nothing and wave selection was crucial. Kauli waited patiently and choose one of the biggest waves of the set. Pritchard did the same, and he is unlucky as he ends up breaking his mast. Goya tried to get a 360 in the pocket but he failed. In the end, it is Kauli Seadi who wins this single elimination with Angulo in second, Pritchard in third and Goya fourth.
The forecast looks like tomorrow they will be able to run the double elimination, so nothing is decided yet. Many sailors want to have their second chance. Will we see an epic come back from Polakaw? Maybe Siver or Victor Fernnandez? Porcelli or Skyeboy? Staye tuned.
You can check some images from the event site on the official website here.
Photo Credit: PWA/J.Carter