Thunder rumbles and lightning strikes

Day 4

After some exciting thunder and lightening last night today was a very boring today.  The wind picked up around 12noon for about 20 minutes.  One heat of the mens was re-run after yesterday and I stand corrected.  Mallory Delavillemarque (North) progressed through over Etienne Lhote (F One).  A second heat was begun, but postponed as the wind fell below 10 knots.

After around 2pm the clouds drew in and although the rain held off until late this afternoon the wind was held back to leaving some bored and miserable riders to watch the swell roll in at the reef half a mile out to sea!

Riders meeting is at 10am tomorrow.  Its the last day to complete the double elimination!!!  Keep your fingers crossed for us because both Aaron Hadlow and myself need to make a comeback!!!

Day 3

Rain stops play!!!!

Once again on awaking in Cabarete the temperature was soring through the roof and the humidity was high.  The only difference to normal seemed that the wind had begun very early and was blowing a little offshore.  Skippers meeting was not until 12 noon so riders had a chance to warm up – or more like it – cool down by going out on the water.

First start was t 12.45pm and by this point the wind had swung round to its usual direction but was stronger then yesterday with most riders using 9m’s.

Again the women were first up to compete.  The UK’s Emma York (Airush) was up against the dutch Airush rider Katja Roose.  Emma rode a good heat landing some unhooked rotations, but Katja went through with more variety.

Making a come back from yesterday was Susi Mai (Cabrinha).  I won my heat against Polish Naish rider Carolina Winkowski.  The Brazilian chick did not learn from her mistake of riding in hot pants yesterday (did you see the pic??) and once again opted for the same hot pants!!  No photos this time and she didn’t pass her heat, so opportunity missed… or was it!?????

The double elimination continued on with the men.  Some early riders out from the single were Etienne Lhote (F One).  He made a come back along with Russian Mafia Peter Trushkevich (Cabrinha.)  Christian Holley the UK/Spanish guy (Best) was still going strong as was Luciano Gonzalez (Takoon.)  The competition is due to continue tomorrow at 11.30am (5 hrs behind UK time) because after 3 hours of competition the clouds pulled in, the heavens opened, the wind gates shut, the lightning switched on and the thunder went off!!!!  An excuse to stop the competition…  I suppose so!

Keep you posted…

Photo Credit: Ian Edmondson


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