Last night saw the first public competition of the PWA London Indoor. It was a jump ramp expression session in preparation for the start of the main event.
Unfortuantely Brazilian Champion Kauli Seadi has injured himself for the second time in a row at the London indoor. Last year he went home early after damaging ligaments in his knee. This year he has tweeked his ankle in practice on Wednesday. Whilst he thought he was ok at the time, it stiffened up over night and he has been forced to bow out of the expression session and all further practice sessions. He is still hoping to compete in the main event this evening.
The expression format was 12 sailors, 3 jumps with best 3 sailors qualifying for a final jump off.
It was apparent that there were two lines of thought amongst the sailors….those that were holding back and saving themselves for the main event and those that didnt give a damn!
Ricardo definately fitted into the later bracket!! He didnt have it all his own way however as Josh Angulo, who looked a bit unsteady at the beginning, suddenly clicked into form with a clean pushloop. This gave him a temporary lead and the other sailors a benchmark to beat!
Unlucky for Josh however, there were 3 sailors who met the challenge head on…….
Nik Baker demonstarated the consistency that has seen him at the front for so, with tweaked table tops and clean forwards to earn himself a place in the final 3.
Thomas Traversa showed that he wasn\’t just a dark horse of indoor freestyle, nailing an awesome table top forward and earning his place in the final.
And then there was Ricardo…….he definately has the jump ramp sussed and more moves under his belt than anyone else, earning his place in the final without breaking a sweat!
So, the three sailors making the final were Nik Baker, Thomas Traversa and Ricardo Campello. They were given a further 3 jumps to decide the overall winner of the expression session.
It was certainly a great display for the crowd, with Nik Baker solid and consistent to take 3rd place, Thomas Traversa radical and consistent to take 2nd place and Ricardo consistently better to take the win!!
The best jump of the night came from Ricardo with a fully clean, arch back pushloop in the final!!
We will bring you more news and photos after the first round of the main event this evening.
Photo Credit: Simon Crowther