- 25 June 2013 | Windsurfing
Camille Juban has conquered the Single Elimination of the Pistol River Wave Bash, the second stop on the American Windsurfing Tour 2013.
With 20-25 knots of wind and small waves, there was enough to get through a full single elimination bracket for all the divisions. The final was extended to 20 minutes, with each rider's best two wave rides and one jump counting for their score.
Kevin Pritchard was on fire making it insanely tough on the judges as he was scoring in every way possible. In the end his scores were not enough to take down Juban, whose first jump was a nicely tweaked Push Loop.
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.
In the Women's final, last year's champion Ingrid Larouche was up 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 a 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.