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Saturday started with 33C / 96Fh, calm water and excellent World Cup conditions. This all changed a few hours later as a freak weather system arrived from nowhere and almost blew us away ! Fortunately, by that stage, we had completed the Shortboard and Jump Preliminaries with Wakeboard left to battle through the gusty and hot showery conditions. At this time of writing, Wakeboard continues but some may be transferred to early Sunday morning. Here is a summary of events so far ……
Its been a fantastic day competition-wise with some very interesting results. Lets start with the easy stuff. In Jump, the best rose to the top but it was not easy. That early morning flat calm water as we mentioned turned into a sudden wind storm and then disappeared again. In the meantime, Freddy Krueger USA did the business with a distance of 63.9m followed closely by Bojan Schipner GER with 58.8m and Scot Ellis USA 58.6m The other Finalists are Joel Wing AUS, Adam Sedlmajer CZE and Damien Sharman. A special congratulations to Bojan Schipner and all his fans in Germany.
In Women’s Jump, again Marion Mathieu FRA, the defending Palembang World Cup champion, took the top slot with 49.5m. She was followed closely by Australia’s star Jumper Jacinta Carroll 49.1m and Jutta Lammi FIN 48.8m. The other Finalist is Alex Lauretano USA.
In Shortboard, two of the youngest really caught the imagination of all present. First, NINE year old Aaliyah Hanifah Yoong MAL and the youngest ever World Cup competitor, scored 4740 for a Personal Best achievement. Although not enough to qualify, we know we will see a lot more of this young athlete in the years ahead. Erika Lang, 17 years old, outperformed everybody once again with 8510 points. Having already taken the previous World Cup title in Mandurah, Western Australia, she has made an enormous impression for her young years. The others who qualified for the Finals included World Record holder Clementine Lucine who scored 8240, Alex Lauretano 8170 and Iris Cambray 7860.
In Men’s Shortboard, we had a similar situation when World Record Holder Aliaksei Zharnasek BLR with 10,970 was actually outscored by Herman Beliakou BLR 10,990. Twenty-one year-old Adam Pickos USA also impressed greatly with 10,840. The other three to qualify were Adam Sedlmajer CZE, Olivier Fortamps BEL and Joel Wing AUS.
Finally, as our Riders finally got to the water, there were grave doubts about our ability to complete the Womens and Mens Wakeboard event as the sky looked dangerous. Somehow, thanks to the total commitment of the athletes, the last Rider, who just happened to be Harley Clifford, came ashore as darkness fell at 18.00hrs. The Women who made it through were Nicola Butler GBR, Chloe Mills AUS, Raimii Merritt and Giorgia Gregorio ITA. The LCQ will take place on Sunday.
The Mens battles were as tough as we have seen. Massi Piffaretti ITA and Andrew Adkison USA, Sam Carne GBR and Mark Kroon NED, Shota Tezuka JPN and Tony Iacconi AUS, Harley Clifford AUS and Dan Nott GBR, will all rest easy tonight as they also got through. In all cases, they were clearly ahead of the competition. Sunday morning will see the LCQ’s and Semi Finals and we wish the remainder Riders the best of luck.
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