Only 4 heats could be run yesterday at Ponta Preta. The swell was already fading out, but still some nice sets were rolling in and they could run four heats of the double elimination.
The competition started early in the morning. First heat on the water was Alex Mussolini, John Skye, Ricardo Campello and Francisco Porcelli. John Skye was suffering the pain from his injured foot and could not perform at his best at all. This left the three remaining sailors fighting for the two tickets to the next round. Campello and Porcelli knew they had to fight hard if they wanted to make a come back in the double, and Mussolini didn’t make much to stop them from getting through.
The next heat saw the new generation sailors ripping the wave apart. Traversa, well known as one of the best wave riders at the moment, was unstoppable and won easily the heat. Young Guadalupe talent Camille Juban got the second ticket to the next round. Horrocks and Ezzy could not really match the quality of their opponents and they said good-bye to the competition.
After this heat was finish, the conditions turned even harder and the wind was too light to carry on running the competitions for a few hour. Later in the evening, the wind improved a bit and they could continue with the third heat of the day. Polakow showed how it had to be done and won his heat by miles ahead of the rest. So the second sailor advancing had to be decided between Dani Bruch, Marcilio Browne and local sailor Titik Lopes. Marcilio wanted to make sure the position was his, and sailed better than his opponents, landing even two goites.
Last heat of the day saw Dario Ojeda and Ross Williams advancing to the next round ahead from local sailor Djo Silva and Dutch sailor Martin Ten Hoeve.
Check the elimination ladder HERE.
Photo Credit: PWA/J.Carter