BRIDGE BROS TAKE THE LEAD AT FIRST STOP HFPT STOP OF THE YEAR
Image: Andres Tapia Lopez / Words: Ella Johnson
Day one of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour kicked off at 9:00am yesterday with a skippers meeting at La Ventana Beach Resort, this years event host. The wind filled in at around 1pm, with a light breeze of 7-11 knots- a mere one knot above minimum wind speed.
While the course was being set, riders picked out their quiver, ranging between 15 and 21 meter kites.
Race one was very challenging as the wind shifted frequently from north to east. This was not only tricky for the race director, whose goal is to set the best course, but for the riders as well. Most competitors spent the windward leg on port tack, and starboard on the downwind legs. This was perfectly executed by the leader Axel Mazella (Enata), who broke away fast from the remainder of the fleet. Axel was followed by Olly Bridge in second (Flysurfer) and Florian Gruber in 3rd (Flysurfer). Daniella Moroz came in at 18th overall, taking women’s first place. She was followed by Kristyn OBrien in second.
Race two provided steadier winds, which allowed for a more square course. The first leg was lead by Olly Bridge and Nico Laundauer. Olly held his ground strong while Nico was surpassed by Guy Bridge ( Flysurfer) in second and Riley Gibbs (F-One) in third. Daniella Moroz finished the day comfortably in 18th overall and first place in the women’s division again followed by Kirstyn Obrien.
Olly and Guy Bridge pulled together a stellar #teambridge effort claiming pole position after day one. The wind dwindled late in the day and that was that! Roll on day two..