What a day in Pozo to finish the double elimination. The winds were lighter today (only by Pozo standards)! Most of the men were on sails between 4.1 and 4.7, whilst the women were on about 3.7.
The waves were up again and in the sets were at about 2 -3 metres making for some exciting wave riding and jumping. The two that stood out today were Julien Taboulet in the mens and Junko Nagoshi in the ladies, both sailed more heats than anyone else as they strolled through the double elimination. Taboulet was pulling off some seriously inverted tweaked table top forwards that helped propel him to third place overall. He pushed Kauli Seadi hard, but a close decision put Seadi through. Not one round went by without final like performances, not even a betting man could have got the outcome of heats right as seedings went out the window.
It was also the turn of Marcos Perez to live up to his reputation as he fought back to 6th place, taking out Dunkerbeck along the way who was left in 17th place.
So it was back to the same final as yesterday, Kauli Seadi against Victor Fernandez Lopez. By this time the waves had dropped slightly, and this is where Victor sealed his advantage. Kauli Seadi pushed hard, a little too hard crashing a push loop table top, whilst Victor landed some solid jumps. Again it was pretty even between both. Victor then stayed out back waiting for the set waves and leaving his jumps in the bag. This played to his advantage as he picked up good sets and even landed a shaka back in the wave. Victor just sealed it over Kauli on wave riding.
The ladies final was once again between the Moreno twins, both pushing each other\’s limits further and both trying doubles. Daida Moreno is the only woman to have pushloop table tops dialed, and this really does put her ahead of the game. Daida Moreno once again took first place, with Iballa Moreno in second, Karin Jaggi in third and a resurgent Junko Nagoshi in fourth.
Overall, despits some big jumps Angulo had a bad event and finds himself with an uphill struggle to contend for a title. Victor Fernandez Lopez has two wins under his belt, but a lower result f(13th) rom Cape Verde. Kauli Seadi now has 3 second places and at this stage is leading the wave tour. Angulo and Jonas Ceballos will not be too far behind. With Sylt, Tiree and Maui to come there will also be a discard so the wave title is far from sealed…