Nivea World Cup – Friday Afternoon Slalom

In a complete turn around from events this morning, Micah Buzianis adds two more bullets to his score card. Bjorn, meanwhile was snapping at the heels in 3rd and 4th. The format change seems to suit Micah, as before Bjorn dominates the standard style racing with 10 man heats. But as before as it changes to two big fleet races with 20 man heats Micah appears to be on top, leading the whole way round and never erally challenged. Antoine Albeau also seems to be consistenly in the top three and is challenging for the second spot.  The last race of the day saw old timer, Phil McGain now into his 40\’s put in his best performance yet, coming in 4th place and pretty happy about the situation.

Both Dan and Ross from the UK always push for the top places, and slip during the race. Yet again Dan Ellis was faster than most of the fleet to the first Buoy, but crashed his gybe in the tricky swell. When he gets up and going, he charges back through the fleet and takes his lost places.

The overall positions will still have Bjorn in the lead, he now has 5 firsts, 1 third, 2 fourths and and 11th. Taking discards into account, which after nine races should be 2 and he will be hard to beat. The race will then be for second overall. To have a chance for the overall title Micah Buzianis needs a good second overall or too beat Bjorn. Each race is proving critical so keep in tune.

The forecast is also showing a possiblity of finishing the waves tomorrow very early. A 7.45 start is planned. As it stands Kauli has the title. There is a possibility that if Kauli does not get through his next round and then does not get through a round if there is a double elimination, and Nik Baker wins then Nik can get the title. If the same happens, and there is a double, and Kevin Pritchard comes through and wins it, then Kevin could get the title. Basically – the odds are stacked in Kauli\’s favour!

Photo Credit: Clyde Waite


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