The waves and wind were more fickle today and some heats were almost cancelled mid-afternoon. At this point Head Judge Duncan COOMBES removed the need to show the judges ONE jump so all the sailors had to do was get two good waves during the 15 minute heats.
The Robby SWIFT (GBR) comeback started well as he beat Klass VOGET (GER) and Tony GARCIA (DOM) but then he lost out to Cyril MOUSSILMANI (FRA) who was on fire today in the waves.
In fact France had a good day today with most of the French sailors making it through to the final stages of the double elimination.
It was comeback time for the Canarian boy, Victor FERNANDEZ (ESP), who made it through four heats with his sick one-handed table tops, before losing to local legend, Keith TEBOUL (USA).
Anders BRINGDAL (SWE) had a brilliant first round heat and showed the crowds that he had not lost his competitive edge after all these years. However he could not match the talents of Fabrice BEAUX (FRA) who had a stunning day and is still in the competition. His next opponent is Kevin PRITCHARD (USA) who, after a disappointing previous day, was determined to set the record straight and showed the crowds how to ride at Hookipa. He must be a favourite to win through the heats and take on ANGULO tomorrow.
Diony GUADAGNINO (VEN) had a better day. He was a first round loser yesterday but today he made it through to the heats before losing to Japan's Shinjo KATSUSHI (Naish). KATSUSHI was really carving the board on the wave face and getting awesome cut backs. He narrowly lost to Yann QUILFEN in the fourth round but not without making a massive impact.
The best heat of the day was the last one. Alex MUSSOLINI (ESP) took on Greg ALLAWAY (AUS) and Boujamaa GUILLOUL faced Scott McKERCHER (AUS). There were some good sets coming through and MUSSOLINI got off to a good start with several tail grab aerials. ALLAWAY was riding solid and getting some decent set waves and it was real close until MUSSOLINI held on to a sweet wave 360 and it was game over.
GUILLOUL is a joy to film as you know he will go for crazy moves on every run. He was pulling off all sorts of tricks at the end of his wave rides. He went for what looked like a push loop off the lip and although he didn't land it, he must have got extra points for being innovative! McKERCHER just did not find the set waves and although he rode well, getting right into the pocket of the wave, McKERCHER style; it was not enough.
Today sees an all-American heat between Keith TABOUL and Josh STONE with PRITCHARD against Kai KATCHADOURIAN (USA). Then it is the turn of QUILFEN and Francisco PORCELLA (USA) and GUILLOUL and MUSSOLINI.
The winners of these heats then get to challenge the top eight sailors from yesterday with the final winner going on to face ANGULO.