The wind arrived as promised and the double elimination started again at 13h30! The wind speed was up to 14 knots and the wave swell peaked at 1.5 meters, coming in at 6 waves per set.
The semi finals and finals were 15 minute heats and the judges took scores from their 3 best waves.
Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES) was looking strong today and in excellent form. He progressed into the final to face Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA), after strong competition from Abel Lago (SPA, RRD) in the semi.
In the women’s heats, Ainhoa Garcia (SPA, AIRUSH) gave Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE) a very hard time in the semi final, with a good selection of waves and strong riding. But in the end Kari progressed once again into the final to face Kirsty Jones for the Wave Masters title here at Santa Rita beach. Unfortunately the two finals could not be completed as the wind had dropped below KPWT standards and Jan Marcos and Kari will have to settle for second place.
Prize giving was held at the VIP tent, in front of the kayak pool and the many spectators that had come down to see their champions. Overall and much deserved men’s title went to Jesse Richman, who had stayed positive and relaxed throughout the entire competition.
The women’s champion, Kirsty Jones is proving hard to beat this year and looks very well placed after the first two events on the KPWT 2009 Wave Masters tour. Congratulations to all riders who competed and our two champions in Portugal!
A special thanks goes to Bruno Melo, Fernanda Mauricio, Marcelo Martins and all the Ocean Spirit team for our wonderful time here in Santa Cruz. This event has been outstandingly organized and hugely attended and we look forward to next year!