PKRA World Wave Championship 2007: Chile
The Wave event format had 3 riders per heat with the winner advancing to round 3. The second and third place would be shuffled among the round 2 ladder and would be the double elimination of the competition. From round 2 through the end the heats are man on man and the winner advances while the loser is eliminated. The heats were 15 minutes with 3-minute transition period. The competitor has 15 minutes to ride as many waves as possible with their best two waves giving him the total points.
In Heat #1 of Round 1, Langeree had more critical and powerful moves on the wave, winning the heat while Leeshai Miller (Naish, Israel) had a difficult time and crashed a lot and only managed to come in third after Cristobal Valenzuela (Slingshot, Chile).
In the second heat, Peter Petersen of South Africa had one of the longest wave rides of the competition so far. The heat was very close with Felix Pivec (Airush) ? the guy from Down Under coming out the overall winner with a more aggressive riding style, hitting the lip with explosive power. Peruvian Fernando Paraud came in third place.
Heat #3 saw Mark Shinn (Nobile, UK) doing some really nice hits of the lip, riding strapless. However, the heat was very close and French rider Herve Boure (Takoon) had a nice 360 re-entry off the face to seal the win while Jeremy Eloy, the North team rider from French Polynesia garnered the third spot.
In Heat #4, Martin Vari of Argentina had much better wave selection, choosing the best wave of each set. His committed unhooked riding style hitting the wave late and managing to pull through as the wave was crashing gave him the win. Local kiteboarder Ricardo Parot riding under the North banner also had a nice flowing surf style but did not have the same wave
selection as Vari. Clinton Bolton (Best, South Africa) came in third, while in Heat #5, wave selection and long backside hacks right under the lip gave North's Jaime Herraiz the win. Etienne Lhote had nice wave selection although there was one wave in particular were interference was called on Lhote's part which caused him the win and settled in second spot while Eduardo Perez de Castro (Slingshot, Chile) won third place.
In Heat #6, Guily Brandao (Mormai, Brazil) was ripping with critical hits off the wave, wave selection and also had the highest score of the day, eventually winning first place followed by North's Rafael Tapia (Chile) and Moussed Ismael (Best, France) in second and third place respectively. Meanwhile, North's Sky Solbach's riding style which included numerous 11-o'clock backside hacks while in the pocket, and almost making it to vertical up the wave face, was what advanced the American kiteboarder for the win. He was followed by Simone Vanucci (Royal, Italy) in second and Patricio Blaschke (North, Chile) in third place.
Madison Van Heurck had some big bombs in Heat #8, taking on some big waves for his small stature. However, Australian Dreu Beavis, riding goofy foot had the advantage with multiple hacks while riding the wave, winning first place while Aaron Hadlow settled for third.
In the second round, starting off with the first set of Heat #9, Lhote had some nice rides, however, Paraud took the win with beyond vertical backside hacks (almost upside down) off the lip committing fully to take the win. In the second set, Tapia had a difficult time with wave selection while Miller managed to be at the right place at the right time. Even though Miller took a nasty fall and his kite was caught in the break he managed to get re-launched and catch the last wave of the heat to seal the win.
In the first set of Heat #10, Bolton had some nice fluid rides while Vanucci had some really nice drop ins, but late in the heat, his kite went down and ultimately had to be rescued after being separated from his kite which caused him the win. Meanwhile, Eloy had more aggressive riding and better wave selection giving him the win against Van Heurck in the second set.
The Wave competition wrapped up at 18:45h with the sun just starting to set on the horizon. The mandatory skippers' meeting is set at 11:30am for tomorrow with first possible start of the Freestyle double elimination at 12:00pm.
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