- 07 November 2009 | Kiteboarding
Skippers meeting began day four at 08h30 at the Wave spot, Pico das Almas. The wave criteria and how the riders will be judged, was clearly illustrated by the race director and head judge before any heats took to the water.
The single elimination commenced and the quarterfinal heat between Cameron Dietrich (HAW, CABRINHA) and Gustavo Foerster (BRA, NAISH) started the day.
Conditions were better than the previous day and the wave sets were peaking at 1.5 meters.
The wind was stronger and averaging around 22 knots and most riders were out on their 9meter kites. The swell was still a bit messy and the current looked to be quite strong, but the riders proved their class in demonstrating some superb wave riding and put on a great show.
The single elimination final was between the local Foerster, who had knocked out Dietrich and Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA) on his way to meet the extravagant, Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES). Unfortunately for the local, Riveras looked determined to repeat his 2008 victory here in Cumbuco. His selection of waves was excellent today and showed a good variety in his moves on the wave. He performed good aerial manoeuvres, strong turns in the critical section and showed why he is a serious competitor for the 2009 Wave Master title.
Another great heat was the ladies’ final between Kirsty Jones (UK, NORTH) and Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE). Kari has really been working hard at her Wave Riding and it is showing in her performances this year. She is moving well on the waves and seems to be much more confident in her turns. Kari won the heat and took the Wave Master single elimination title here in Cumbuco.
The race director then went straight to the double elimination and started 8minute heats with 3minute transmissions.
The wind was still blowing nicely and the swell had picked up a little with the tide coming in.
It was a very interesting day in the double elimination with a few riders who had not done well in the single, but looked to blast through the double. Mitu Monteiro (CV, F-ONE) performed well after losing out early in the single and managed to fight his way through 4 heats and ended up in 7th place. Abel Lago (SPA, RRD) did well to progress through his heat and found Cameron Dietrich (HAW, CABRINHA) in the next round. Both riders adjusted well to the conditions and did their best to perform as many turns and show as much variety on the waves as possible.
Cameron ended Abel’s hope of reaching the podium and went through to the next heat to face a fiery Brazilian, Bruno Bordovsky (BRA, RRD). Bordovsky went on to defeat Cameron, Victor Adamo (BRA, NAISH) to meet Jesse Richman for 4th place. Unfortunately the sun had set and the day was called off just after 17h30 and no further results were possible.
Tomorrow is a day for the Freestyle Double Elimination competition to be held at Duro Beach. Skippers meeting will start at 08h00 and all the riders are looking to show off their talent at the internationally renowned spot.