The first heat of the single elimination was kicked off in style as Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC) produced the performance of the day in the difficult onshore conditions. The Brazilian opened his best scoring wave - which proved to be the highest scoring wave of the day, 9.575 points - with a sick, tweaked backside aerial, before backing it up with a perfectly executed taka to defeat Maciek Rutkowski. Meanwhile, Jaeger Stone (SSD / Severne), returned to winning ways after Denmark as he took down Omar Sanchez (Patrik / Loft Sails / Dunkerbeck Eyewear).
Into heat two and Moritz Mauch (Starboard / Severne / MFC) advanced against Ben Proffitt (Simmer), whilst two-time world champion - Philip Köster (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) - navigated his way past Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) in what could easily have been a tricky heat for the twenty-year old. The highlight was without doubt Köster's fluid reverse, which earned him 8.5 points.
Leon Jamaer (JP / NeilPryde) looked in impressive form as he made the most of the conditions on offer. The German combined more aggressive hacks to dispatch of Aleix Sanllehy. The b-side featured Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails), who won the PWA Wave World Tour in 2003 and 2009, but the ex-champion couldn't end Klaas Voget's (Fanatic / Simmer / MFC) hopes as the German marched into round two.
Jules Denel (JP / NeilPryde) and Martin ten Hoeve (Goya Windsurfing / Point-7) endured a hard fought battle in heat 4a, but the Frenchman was just able to edge the battle to advance into heat ten, where he will face the reigning world champion - Marcilio 'Brawzinho' Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) - after the Brazilian dispatched of Dieter Van der Eyken, who produced a good display and came agonisingly close to landing a smooth backside 360.
The penultimate heat of the day saw the closest battle as Dany Bruch (Starboard / Challenger Sails / AL360) and Alessio Stillrich (Fanatic / North) proved almost inseparable. Both sailors finished the heat tied on 10.12 points with identical first and second wave scores, meaning the verdict would come down to the third highest wave. Unfortunately for Stillrich, Bruch advanced with a third wave score of 4.375 compared to the nineteen year olds 4 points.
The final heat of the day featured Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) - who won the last event in Cold Hawaii - and the Frenchman looked equally as dangerous today as he continued to effortlessly link turns and spin through fluid takas to defeat fellow countryman Nicolas Akgazciyan. Meanwhile, Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde) was able to progress into round two after beating Kenneth Danielsen.
Numerous attempts were made to complete heat 7 and 8 but unfortunately the conditions weren't suitable for a result to stand.
In the first round of the women's single elimination Arrianne Aukes (RRD / Simmer / Maui Ultra Fins) and Lina Erpenstein (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg) progressed after knocking out Chantelle Pöttgens (Patrik / Hot Sails Maui) and Josine Schmitz (KA Sail), respectively.
In the only women's heat of the day Eva Oude Ophuis (Fanatic / North) received a bye into round three, with Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Mystic) absent from the single elimination. In the next round Oude Ophuis will face Steffi Wahl (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg / SWOX) after the German produced a good display to stop Sara Sommer (Severne) in her tracks.
The forecast for Saturday predicts winds ranging from 14-20 knots so the freestyle and wave sailors will meet at 08:30 for the skippers' meeting, with the first possible start at 09:00. Slalom action will commence from 10:30.
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