ದಿನದ ನಾಲ್ಕು ವಿತರಣೆ ಮುನ್ಸೂಚನೆ 2013 ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಬಲಬದಿ ಮಂಡಿಸಿದ AWT ಪಿಸ್ತೋಲ್ ನದಿಯ ಅಲೆ ಬ್ಯಾಷ್ 20-25 ಗಂಟು ಗಾಳಿ. ಅಲೆಗಳು ಸಣ್ಣ ಆದರೆ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ವಿಭಾಗಗಳು ಒಂದು ಪೂರ್ಣ ಏಕ ಹೊರಹಾಕುವಿಕೆಯ ಬ್ರಾಕೆಟ್ ಮೂಲಕ ಪಡೆಯಲು ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಇರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಇದು ಕಡಲತೀರದ ಒಂದು ದೀರ್ಘ ದಿನ ಅದು ಸವಾರರು ಅಂತಹ ಸವಾಲಿನ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ತಲುಪಿಸಲು ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ನೋಡಲು ಉತ್ತೇಜಕ ಆಗಿತ್ತು.
ಪರ ಮೊದಲ ಸುತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿಸಿ ಯಾವುದೇ ಜಿಗಿತಗಳನ್ನು ಲೆಕ್ಕ ಜೊತೆ ಕಠಿಣ ಮತ್ತು ನಿಜವಾಗಿಯೂ ಅತ್ಯುತ್ತಮ ತರಂಗಗಳು ಕಡಲತೀರದ ಮೇಲೆ ಪ್ರಾಯೋಗಿಕವಾಗಿ ಬ್ರೇಕಿಂಗ್. Riders picking the best waves would get one or two hits before finishing with a slash or two right up onto the sand. Gorge area riders Sean Aiken, Nathan Mershon and Casey Hauser took advantage of their Oregon coast knowledge to advance to the semi finals along with Camille Juban, ಕೆವಿನ್ Pritchard, ಲೆವಿ Siver, Morgan Noireaux and Bernd Roediger.
A jump was added to the semi-final heats (along with 2 extra minutes) as the conditions improved with the day. The first semi-final saw Siver sailing extremely well tweaking out all his aerials against Juban, Roediger and Aiken. Juban also turned up his game advancing to the final along with Siver. The second semi-final saw Pritchard charging. He absolutely ripped up the small waves along with Noireaux, both advancing to the final.
The final was extended to 20-minutes with each rider’s best two wave rides and one jump counting for their score. Noireaux opened up the scoring landing a huge Back Loop right on the start. Later in the heat he improved his jumping score with an even bigger one-handed Back Loop but the waves just didn’t seem to line up in his favor. Despite landing several Takas in the heat Noireaux finished fourth. Siver scored a few better waves, landing some nice tweaked aerials but his scores were only enough to give him third place in the end. Kevin Pritchard was on fire making it insanely tough on the judges as he was scoring in every way possible. His started the heat with a huge stalled Forward Loop and then bettered it with a massive one-footed Back Loop. He found some nice set waves and scored well with his smooth powerful style. On one wave he landed a Wave 360, and a Backside 360 on another. But in the end his scores were not enough to take down Juban, whose first jump was a nicely tweaked Push Loop. Then minutes later Juban threw down an even bigger and more tweaked Push Loop that may have been the highest scoring jump of the event. Juban was masterful at picking off the best waves of the heat, constantly getting several hits off the outer sandbar and then following the wave in for more critical hits on the beach break. Congratulations to Juban for sailing an amazing heat!
It was amazing to see Rhonda Gill taking advantage of the friendly atmosphere of the AWT to make the Pistol River Wave Bash be her first experience in the waves. Four years ago here at Pistol River Fiona Wylde shared this same experience and now she’s battling for the podium at every event. Sam Bittner and Kate Barker sailed very well in tough conditions but just didn’t have enough to make the final.
The 20-minute super final featured last years champion Ingrid Larouche against Fiona Wylde, Katie McAnena and Miho Tanaka. Coming all the way from Ireland, McAnena picked off some nice waves early riding her way to 4th position. Tanaka looked like she’s been training hard for this event as she was often in the best place to pick off the best waves. She sailed a strong heat and finished on the podium in third. For the past few event the battle between Larouche and Wylde for the top spot on the AWT Women’s podium has been fairly one sided with Larouche winning easily…but it looks like things have now changed. Larouche is sailing better than ever with an aggressive style and big Forward Loops that really impress the judges, but now Wylde has stepped up her game in a huge way with impressive wave hits and a smooth style. Wylde scored the biggest wave of the heat and ripped it apart but it wasn’t quite enough to take down Larouche who defended her title. Congrats to both for putting on an impressive 20-minute show for the crowd.
THE AMATEUR, MASTERS and YOUTH:
ಒಂದಿಗೆ 27 riders the Amateur fleet was the biggest in the competition. There were too many standout performances to mention them all and in the end it came down to a 20-minute final featuring Fiona Wylde, ಕೇಸಿ Rehrer, Marc Bitoun and Jeff Albright. Wylde and Albright both sailed a strong heat but didn’t have the jumping scores to battle for the top two spots. In the end Albright rode the better waves to third position just knocking Wylde off the podium. Both Rehrer and Bitoun were on fire in the final. Both caught plenty of set waves and cut them apart with super critical hits. The heat was very close and may have come down to the jumping with Bitoun’s Back Loop giving him the title over Rehrer’s Forward. Congrats to all the riders for sailing an impressive heat.
ಮಾಸ್ಟರ್ಸ್ ಮತ್ತು ಗ್ರ್ಯಾಂಡ್ ಮಾಸ್ಟರ್ಸ್ ಫ್ಲೀಟ್ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಅಂತಿಮ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅನುಭವ ನೀಡುವ ಒಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಮಿಕ್ಸ್. ಈ ವಿಭಾಗಗಳನ್ನು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ಸವಾರರು ಮತ್ತು ಖಂಡಿತವಾಗಿಯೂ ಅತ್ಯುತ್ತಮ BEACH ಪೈಪೋಟಿಗಳನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿರುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಮಾತ್ರ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಯನ್ನು ಯಾರು ನೀರಿನ ಮೇಲೆ ಅತ್ಯುತ್ತಮ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನ ಸಮುದ್ರತೀರದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತನಾಡುವ ತಮ್ಮ ಕಸದ ಮುನ್ನಡೆ ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗದ? 20 ನಿಮಿಷಗಳ ಅಂತಿಮ ಡಾನಾ ಮಿಲ್ಲರ್ ನಡುವೆ ಹೋರಾಟ ನಿಂತಿತ್ತು, ಸೀನ್ ಐಕೆನ್, ಫರ್ಡಿನ್ಯಾಂಡ್ Loffreda ಮತ್ತು ಬ್ರಿಯಾನ್ ಕ್ಯಾಸೆರಿಯೋ. ಮಿಲ್ಲರ್ ಪ್ರಬಲ ಶಾಖ ಸಾಗಿ, ವಾಸ್ತವವಾಗಿ ಡ್ವೈಟ್ ಬೋಡ್ ಟ್ರಾನ್ಸ್ಲೇಶನ್ ಮತ್ತು ಜೇಮ್ಸ್ ಲುಂಡಿನ್ ನಡುವೆ 2 ನೇ ಸ್ಥಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಟೈ ಮೇಲೆ ಅವರನ್ನು ಗ್ರ್ಯಾಂಡ್ ಮಾಸ್ಟರ್ ಶೀರ್ಷಿಕೆ ನೀಡುವ 2 ನೇ ಸ್ಥಾನವನ್ನು ಗಳಿಸಲಷ್ಟೇ. ಕ್ಯಾಸೆರಿಯೋ ಒಟ್ಟಾರೆ ಪ್ರಬಲ ಕ್ರಿಯೆಯನ್ನು ಯಾನ ಸ್ನಾತಕೋತ್ತರ ವೇದಿಕೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ 3 ನೇ ಸ್ಥಾನವನ್ನು ಹಕ್ಕು. ಐಕೆನ್ 2 ನೇ ಸ್ಥಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಾಗಿ ಆದರೆ ಅಂತಿಮ ಪರಿಣಾಮಕಾರಿ ಸೂಪರ್ ಯಾರು Loffreda ಕೆಳಗೆ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗಲಿಲ್ಲ. Loffreda is definitely in the drivers seat for the overall Master’s title winning both of the AWT’s first two events.
The youth final came down to a match up between Maui’s Casey Rehrer and Fiona Wylde from the Gorge. The wave riding skill of both has improved immensely since they joined the tour just a few years ago. Rehrer took the title sailing a strong heat landing a massive Forward Loop and some slashy wave rides.
ನಮ್ಮ ಮೇಲೆ ಇನ್ನಷ್ಟು ಫೋಟೋಗಳು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಫೇಸ್ಬುಕ್ ಪುಟ.