Three times world champion, Kauli Seadi capitalized on his wealth of experience to conquer the conditions in Klitmoller, Denmark but they led to some major upsets for throughout the rest of the fleet.
Rain squalls and strong gusts every half an hour yesterday caused havoc for the sailors who found it hard to choose the correct gear. 5.7s and 5.3s were the sails of choice for the bigger guys, whereas 5.3s and 4.7s were used by those a little lighter. Board choice was extremely open and purely down to weight and personal preference with single fins, twin fins, trailer fins, thrusters, and quads all seen scattered on the shore throughout the day.
With a less than perfect score earlier in the year, it was only a matter of time before the three times former world champion, Kauli fought his way back to the top of the fleet. Seadi was hungry for a win and anyone that stood in his way was soon seen on the beach with their head in their hands. During the final, it was a close fought battle, with both Seadi and his team mate Ricardo Campello trying hard to please the judges in the toughest conditions of the day. Campello opened with an awesome wave, and then nailed some sky-high rotations putting Seadi on catch up right from the start. Ten minutes later and Seadi was still to score a second decent wave, but in the final few seconds, he picked up a set that gave him the edge.
"I'm super stoked to have won especially against Ricardo in the final. He had a really good double forward so I was a bit scared about the result, but I knew I'd scored two good waves. It feels amazing to be back on top after my poor result earlier this season in Gran Canaria, so I'm really happy right now." was the reaction from a happy Seadi.
Campello upped the stakes round after round by launching into orbit and dropping a hand or a foot. During one huge stalled forward he resembled a full on spread eagle with both his front hand and front foot right off his gear. The daredevil also racked up some excellent wave scores helping him advance into his first ever wave final!
When Dany Bruch caught a wave all eyes on the beach were fixated directly on him. His vertical style, mixed with new-school slides, and chunky section snaps were the best combination the judges saw all day. Not only that, but he also kept the crowds amused with his near death double forwards, which he was not quite landing but still plucked up the courage to try heat after heat! If today brings plenty of wind, Bruch may well battle his way right to the top.
Former world champion, Kevin Pritchard ended the day on high with his best result in waves for over a year having landed his trademark one footed backloops time after time.
The forecast for the next few days looks good, so there is bound to be a double elimination in Denmark, giving those that fell a chance to fight back! Victor Fernandez, Klaas Voget and Marcilio Browne will all be looking to make amends for their early exits from the contest today.
Results are the first day of comeptition:
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)
The competition continues today and being is streamed live at http://worldcup.coldhawaii.eu/live-mashup/
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