Josh Angulo sailed as stormer to beat Swifty despite his Double and Taka, and then beat world champion Kauli Seadi to make the final. The other side saw a clash of the Titans between the UK\’s Nik Baker and Kevin Pritchard from the USA. But it was.Kevin who sailed solidly and tactically with big jumps and good wave decisions and made the final alongside countryman Angulo.
As the conditions got better the heats were shortened to 8 minutes with 2 jumps counting. The experienced hands once again showed us why they have been around for so long. One of the performances that everyone is talking about though, is that of teenager Marcillo “Braziniho” Browne, as he met his countryman and title holder Kauli Seadi in the 1/4 finals. It wasnt quite enough to beat him, but having just turned 16 he still has plenty of time!!
Kevin Pritchard then sailed brilliantly to take down Angulo, leaving Angulo to settle for second, Kauli for third and Nik Baker as consistent as ever in 4th. This is an amazing result for Kevin, his first wave win for 2 years, it certainly puts him as one of the title favourites.
The ladies final was between the superb allround ability of Karin Jaggi, and reigning champion Daida Rueno Moreno. Daida once again proved to be an unstoppable force, pushing Karin into second place. Iballa Moreno took third with Junko Nagoshi in 4th.
Who would have thought a week of no wind would end so dramatically. For a full video feature on the event check out Boardseeker Magazine on wednesday.
Full mens results HERE
Full womens results HERE
Photo Credit: Ben Proffitt