Samsung Mobile Indoor Windsurfing - Day 2
The biggest indoor windsurf pool to date inspired the world’s greatest sailors to some hardhitting action today at the Samsung Mobile Indoor Windsurfing 2006 in Ghent, Belgium. At the end of a spectacular night it was a mix of longstanding legends and upcoming talent that came out victorious in the three disciplines of slalom, freestyle and jumping. One name would not appear on any lists today and that was Ricardo Campello’s. The reigning freestyle world champion got injured in the jumping practice session, getting his foot stuck in the ramp.
The show kicked off with freestyle in the massive pool. Nicolas Akgazciyan (F-400, RRD/ Neil Pryde) convincingly demonstrated to the world that is truly is the undisputed indoor freestyle king by winning yet another elimination of indoor trickery. With a big scoring funnell and an amazing one handed switch chachoo 540 landing him a staggering 31 points, the Frenchman was on fire leaving the competition behind. Kevin Mevissen (H-79, JP/ Neil Pryde) celebrated his first ever indoor contest with a solid second place in freestyle racking up serious points with a radical shove it spock. Third went to Marcilio Browne (BRA-105, Naish/ Naish), who would go on to have a very successful night further in the contest. In the women’s freestyle Karin Jaggi (Z-14, F2/ North Sails) had the edge over the competing riders, with Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/ North Sails) coming in second and Silvia Alba (E-67) in third.
The slalom contest saw the return of a familiar face in indoor windsurfing. Madman Robert Teritehau (F-2000, North Sails) had returned to the indoor arena for the slalom and jumping contest. And successfully so, as the New Caledonian raced his way straight into the final, where he beat the young generation in form of Kauli Seadi (BRA-253, Quatro/ Naish) in a superclose heat. Both riders covered the course within touching distance of each other. When Seadi tried to cut inside Teritehau at the second buoy, he went down leaving the door open for Teritehau to finish things off. In the women’s final, Karin Jaggi (Z-14, F2/ North Sails) was too fast for Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/ North Sails). The finalists reached the first buoy in close combat, but Moreno slipped up at the gybe while Jaggi completed the turn without failure. Jaggi’s lead proved to be too big for Moreno to catch up.
The night was wrapped up with the main event, the jump. While the ramp initially appeared to be more challenging than the riders are accustomed to, both men an women redeemed themselves in the finals with a mindblowing repertoire of massive jumps. The men’s final was a showdown between Josh Angulo (CV-1) who now officially represents Cabo Verde, Thomas Traversa (F-3, Tabou/ Gaastra), Kauli Seadi (BRA-253, Quatro/ Naish) and Marcilio Browne (BRA-105, Naish/ Naish). Man of today’s jumping match has to be Browne, who stuck the most perfect backloops of the evening including a 30.5 one on his opening jump. Kauli Seadi (BRA-253, Quatro/ Naish) was giving his training buddy a run for his money with three huge pushloops, one perfect and two unprecedented one footed pushloops that the Brazilian nearly stuck. Browne secured his victory with a big one footed forward. Angulo kept pushing for the one handed backloop and came remarkably close twice, but it wasn’t enough to bring him the win. Browne went for the jackpot on his final run with a double forward, but didn’t quite get the second rotation around. Still it was more than enough to bring him his first indoor jumping elimination victory.
The women were right up there with the men today, figuratively and literally. Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/ North Sails) stuck to of the biggest forwards of the day, men’s or women’s, racking up 30 and an maxed out 31.5 points. Moreno’s third jump was a radical backloop attempt, but though she didn’t quite stick that one, the jumping victory was clearly and rightfully hers. Karin Jaggi (Z-14, F2/ North Sails) came in second before Silvia Alba (E-67) in third.
All results are posted below. The action continues tomorrow, so makes sure to stay tuned to www.pwaworldtour.com for the second and final day of the Samsung Mobile Indoor Windsurfing 2006.
MEN’S JUMP RESULTS
WOMEN’S JUMP RESULTS
MEN’S SLALOM RESULTS
WOMEN’S SLALOM RESULTS
MEN’S FREESTYLE RESULTS
WOMEN’S FREESTYLE RESULTS