Radical Re-Winds - Traversa Talks Back

22 yr-old Frenchman Thomas Traversa (F3 Tabou / Gaastra) is a force to be reckoned with on both the wave and freestyle scenes. As part of the exclusive 32-man Cabo Verde entry list he was keen to push limits in the classic conditions.

Like many others, he timed his aerial hits later and later, and would have paid the price a fair few times as well.

During one heat however he must’ve got the latest off the lip ever, and certainly of the contest. The PWA’s JC caught the remarkable moment Thomas held it together to enjoy the rest of the ride. Here Thomas talks back through it himself to let us know what was going through his mind.

‘Yeah I’ll never forget! It was in the double elimination. Conditions were epic, maybe the biggest day of the contest, and as it was the end of the day when the wind wasn’t that strong anymore.

I’d already 2 really good waves in my heat when I picked off this wave.

The first bowl was looking really good and I thought there was a good chance to punt a big big aerial. But it didn’t happen like that!

At the end of my bottom turn I realized I was later than ever, and I thought this huge meaty section was gonna eat me up and then snap me like a mast!

I just kept turning ,and threw my board at the top of the wave, thinking it could maybe work if I was really lucky…if I would’ve let go, it would have been really
painful anyway…

Not one second later I was at the bottom of the wave, out of control but still on my board . I couldn’t believe it ! I said to myself ‘Stop for today . Get out of the water’. And, as the rest of the wave was real nice, I just kept riding until the shorebreak - so stoked beyond belief! In fact felt as happy as if I had won the event!’

Merci Thomas!

© PWA / Brian McDowell