Five of the Professional Windsurfing Association's finest fought their way back into the top sixteen from the first round heats and still have the chance to advance further if things go their way on Thursday. These include the two Brits, Jamie Hancock and Ross Williams, Moroccan aerial master Boujmaa Guilloul, local hot shot Kenneth Danielsen, and 2010 Pozo champion Victor Fernandez.
The first of the five to battle their way back to the top was Williams who played it safe, whilst also spotting solid backloop upon backloop, which was a winning formula for advancement. Williams was one of the unlucky few who had to endure re-run after re-run of his final heat, which is yet to be completed.
The second of the big five was Hancock who had to fight his way past the local riders Lars Gobisch and legend Lars Petersen in their home waters before taking on four times freestyle world champion, Jose 'Gollito' Estredo. Estredo had knocked him out the day before, so his victory there was one of complete redemption. Hancock stunned the judges with his excellent riding style, and once even hit a thick North Sea lip so hard it looked like it would snap his miniature board in half! Hancock also endured the frustration of heading out for his final heat time after time, but will be back tomorrow with a new lease of life.
Following his shock exit on the first day of competition, current tour leader, event favourite, and Pozo Champion Fernandez returned in the morning with a smile on his face, and sailed straight to form. In the awesome conditions, he proved his worth with vertical turns on mast high waves that scored highly from the panel of judges. If the conditions had continued to be perfect for the full day, he may well have been too tired to take down the top sailors, so it was probably a saving grace that the wind disappeared, giving him plenty of time to get ready for Thursday.
Danish boy wonder, Danielsen, is the only true Klitmoller local still flying the flag. After an early exit yesterday, his huge backloops and radical riding style saw him advance his way through to the last sixteen, taking down top tour riders Thomas Traversa and Phil Horrocks along the way.
Sailor of the day though was Klaas Voget, whose outstanding performance saw him cruise into the top sixteen. Britain's Ben Proffitt put on an excellent performance against him, but could not quite match the massive one-handed backloop, and amazing aerial that Voget pulled off with ease. It may have been that Voget's knowledge of the spot that helped him to win, but it was probably more down to the fact that he was hungry to make amends for his mistakes on Tuesday.
Thursday's forecast is for thirty knots of north-westerly wind is forecast with bigger swells, so it could be an onshore day of amazing action all of which can been seen live at http://worldcup.coldhawaii.eu/live-mashup
1st Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)
2nd Ricardo Campello (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)
3rd Dany Bruch (Patrik, Severne, MFC)
4th Kevin Pritchard (Starboard, Gaastra, Dakine, MFC)
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