Kevin Pritchard neem enkele uitskakeling by Goya Windsurfing Festival
Weer toestande het opgedaag vir dag twee by Waddell Beach Park vir die AWT Santa Cruz Goya Windsurfing Festival. Die deining grootte opgetel het 'n bietjie van die vorige dag en die wind gevul in mooi alle verdeeldheid enkele uitdunne te voltooi en dan om 'n goeie stuk van die dubbele gedoen sowel. Kom ons kyk na waar ons staan.
PRO - enkele uitskakeling semi-finaal
Die eerste Pro semi-finale gang gekry met die verdedigende kampioen Levi Siver teen Bernd Roediger, Morgan Noireaux en Kai Katchadourian. 'N gestapel hitte vir seker. Siver het 'n paar vleis golwe vroeë landing mooi antennas en steek 'n groot een-handed Terug Loop verseker sy plek in die finale. Kai Katchadourian sailed solidly and consistently with ripping rides and big Back Loops but it wasn’t enough to put him through. The battle for that second spot in the final between Roediger and Noireaux was intense. These guys have had countless battles over the past three years and this one was just as intense. Both landed huge one-handed Back Loops and stylish wave rides…but in the end the judges gave the decision to Roediger. The biggest cheer of the heat came at the very end with Siver landing a huge Wave 360 but then getting swallowed by the massive wall of whitewater.
The other semi-final saw 2013 overall AWT champ up against Kevin Pritchard, Marcilio “Brawzinho” Browne and Bryan Metcalf Perez. Brown took the heat sticking his third Double Forward of the comp (that makes him 3 vir 3 up to this point) and some incredible new-school wave rides. Metcalf Perez and Juban sailed well but just couldn’t match Kevin Pritchard’s smooth yet aggressive style. The Pritch is on a roll!
PRO – Single Elimination Final
The heat began with Browne speeding out looking for his Double Forward. He found his ramp, but something went wrong and he crashed for the first time on a Double in the contest. What would this mean for the rest of the heat? Roediger and Siver soon racked up their one-handed Back Loops and solid wave rides. Browne looked a little off his game crashing on a Backside 360 'n groot golf te begin ... maar dit is wat die AWT is al oor-gaan vir die groot beweeg aan die begin van die groot golwe. Halfpad deur die 16-minute hitte Pritchard het die voortou geneem landing 'n groot een-been Terug Loop en dan 'n super-snelweg Wave360 op sy ry. Skielik Browne het sy groef landing 'n reuse-een-been Terug Loop van sy eie en 'n aantreklike Taka op die kritieke deel van 'n groot golf. Die aksie was intens en niemand het geweet wie sou wen.
Na aanleiding van die hitte by die toekennings AWT Direkteur Sam Bittner aangekondig dat die resultaat ... Kevin Pritchard het die finale eng voor Browne, gevolg deur Siver en Roediger. Geluk aan al.
VROUE - Finale
Some big set waves were rolling through for the women’s final with defending champ Ingrid Larouche taking on Sarah Delaunay, Fiona Wylde and Miho Tanaka. Delaunay’s came all the way to Santa Cruz from New Caledonia and showed very impressive riding style on some big waves…this girl really charges. Miho Tanaka and Fiona Wylde. In the end Ingrid Larouche took the heat linking countless impressive turns on the biggest waves.
AMATEUR and MASTERS – Finals
The Amateur semi-finals kicked off with Jerry McKay sailing an incredible heat to advance along with Brett Greene to the final. McKay and Greene seemed to find the nicest set waves and did the most with them. The other semi saw Casey Rehrer’s slashy style and Marc Bitoun’s powerful riding propel them into the final.
The first semi-final of the Masters division saw Dana Miller and Ferdinando Loffreda slash their way past their opponents. The other side saw Brian Caserio and Gerritt Rutgers loop and ride their way on the best set waves into the final. It looked like Caserio had a plan for the final to get his Forward Loop in early and then ride his way to victory…and it worked. Caserio took the final ahead of Loffreda, Miller and Rutgers.
Special thanks to Wind-NC for donating a nice portion of the prize money here at the 2013 AWT Goya Windsurfing Festival in Santa Cruz. It’s great to see a shop from the east coast supporting the tour in such a big way. Check them out online at wind-nc.com.
Also helping out with prize money are Olivia Jenkins, Jaipal Tuttle and MFC.
Woorde deur Pete Dekay Windsport Magazine, foto's deur Mike Archer AWT