Turning up the heat from the word go, the fist rounds of competition exploded into action. Danny Bruch (Gaastra) started as he intended to go on, knocking out Aleix Sanllehy (F2, North Sails) in round one, then experienced rival Kevin Pritchard (Starboard, Gaastra, Dakine, MFC) in round two.

Local, Marcos Perez (Exocet, Gun Sails) looked dangerous from the outset, fully utilizing his wealth of sailing experience in Pozo to string fluid and powerful turns together on the unpredictable waves. His downfall came when he met Marcilio Browne (Mistral, Gaastra) in the second round.

Levi Siver (Quatro, NeilPryde, Dakine, MFC) took an early exit at the hands of local wonder kid Philip Köster (F2, Neil Pryde), who proved he’s a talent not to underestimate as he continued to cause upset in subsequent rounds.

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The first round of the KASail Winter Series was held today at Boggy Lake. The forecast was very light and a few braved the cold conditions (5 deg when I got there this morning) to rig their biggest sails, boards and fins and slug it out for a figure eight one hour marathon.

The fleet consisted of big slalom boards, sails around 7.5m / 9.0m and also Richard Upton on his Exocet Kona, looking very threatening in the light winds. Steve Roberts was on hand with his boat again, and after surviving a high speed blow-out whilst cornering on the way there, he eventually arrived and set the course for us with our shiny new inflatable buoys courtesy of Windsurfing SA.

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JP Australia and NeilPryde have offered 3-times Freestyle World Champion, Ricardo Campello, a bonus of USD10.000 if he can land a Triple Forward and capture it on film and video.

With all the pro sailors in Gran Canaria and the conditions heating up for the weekend Ricardo is ready to give it a go!

After watching Ricardo in competition during last years event in Gran Canaria many people were confident that Ricardo was ready to land a triple including Duncan Coombs, Head Judge for the PWA: “For me Ricardo is probably the most radical sailor today – I think he can do it”.

The forecast looks promising for this weekend. There will be plenty of cameras ready for the action to come. Despite suffering a case of tendonitis Ricardo is ready to try it but does not want to put too much pressure on himself.

“If the conditions are right and I feel comfortable I will give it a try. I have checked my doubles from last year on video and when I am done with the second one I actually had plenty of height and time for a third rotation. So theoretically it should be possible. I guess the trick is not to over rotate and not to get lost during the rotations.” said Ricardo.

Ricardo will be using prototype sails of the new NeilPryde Firefly available in stores from late August. Let’s hope Gran Canaria delivers the nuclear conditions it is known for and we should see some interesting stuff. 

Source: Neil Pryde

Brad Spencer, Annissa Flynn, and Daniel Tarapchak have taken out the 2018 World Flowboarding Championships, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

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