After a winter spent watching the impressive maneuvers of the riders on the social networks, we were expecting heats with very high scores and unreleased tricks, but this was not the case.
The waves took over by reducing the arena to a real minefield, making life difficult for the competitors.
From the beginning we have seen an average of points per heat lower than last year, and the tactic has taken over the technique.
Just few double handlepasses, considered too risky, set the stage for less technical manoeuvres that had to be performed to perfection to ensure a valid score. It was all about finding the right space between the waves to perform the trick hoping to land on a flat area.
Big crashes, frustration, kites and lines’problems … being able to keep calm and adopt the right strategy was the winning weapon.