It started off from the left, dropped, got up swang and then left the sailors with completely rubbish conditions to deal with! Add to that the rain, and the excitement of the early forecasts of the week have quickly dissappeared. However two British sailors are cruising. Robbie Swift beat Bjorn Dunkerbeck to advance to the quarter finals. The conditions were onshore and very marginal, the wind getting up as the rain came over. Swifty put together some high back loops and good wave rides incorporating backside aerials to take out an underpowered Dunky. Nik also was a master of making the most out of the dire conditions. He easily got the highest and best table top forward loop of the day, and linked waves together really well to show his podium potential. Perhaps the closest heat of the day was John Skye against Peter Volwater. It was pretty hard to tell who was who in the dying light, both sailors on the same kit, Volwater just edged it, leaving Skyra in ninth place. Another shock defeat then happened, Greg Allaway from Austraila beat off no.2 seed Kevin Pritchard. Kevin never managed to get the boost in the jumps and you could see just how dissapointed he was on the beach. The day has to go to the number one seed, Kauli Seadi. Considering the pretty below average quality of the waves, his wave riding is amazing. He gouges, turns and surfs, linking right from the back to the beach, launching into flaka\’s in between. He definately seemed to be the most intune with the conditions. Then there is also his jumping, Backloops, Pushloops and two cleanly landed air chacho\’s he will be hard to beat that is for sure. Tomorrow Baker meets Swift in the quarter finals and another all English draw. The rest of the quarter finals are filled with Spaniards and semi Spaniards if you include Vidar Jensen.
There was a period of mass confusion during the womens heats where no one seemed to know what was going on, the judges had move but the girls had not realised. Eventually we got it together and some nice wave riding and forward loops took Nayra Alonso, Karin Jaggi and Anne Marie Reichman to the next round. One of the best performances definately came from Silvia Alba who managed to make a good forward loop and some excellent turns in the undefined conditions.
Tomorrow the call is for a 10am start, we will see what the day brings, but hopefully the conditions will resemble waves a little bit more.
Photo Credit: PWA/Carter