Day 5 - A super session of epic proportions sees Ricardo Campello spin round an insane double forward to steal the show and claim some cash courtesy of German Surf!
With the official competition all done and dusted, and the world’s most explosive wave sailors at the event organiser’s disposal, head judge, Duncan Coombs decided to run a super expression session to keep the hoards of spectators both at the beach and online amused.
A chunky swell pushing in from the North Sea turned the Klitmoller reef into an aerial playground, and the 25-30 knots of wind provided the perfect lift for the sailors to go sky high. 4.0s to 4.7s were the weapons of choice which coupled with fast rockered boards provided the ultimate boost!
Thirty sailors signed up to compete for the German Surf cash, and after four full qualifying rounds, the scores were counted and the final few selected. Britain’s Robby Swift (JP, NeilPryde) was the first to go through after spinning his way round a massive double forward, followed by the current tour leader, Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North, MFC) who also rotated round a perfect double of his own. The next sailor to make the cut was crazy Canarian, Jonas Ceballos (Mistral, Simmer) who launched into a spectacular pushloop forward – the first ever seen in Klitmoller – to receive whoops and cheers from the judges and the crowds! In the final heat it was Dutch daredevil, Peter Volwater (Fanatic, MauiSails) who flung himself round a crazy double to make the cut.
With some amazing stunts pulled off by others, the judges decided to add two wildcard positions. These two slots went to Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic, North) for his outrageously high shaka, and Ricardo Campello (JP, NeilPryde) for a mind blowing double.
Rocket Air Ricardo
Despite only making it into the final by the skin of his teeth, Ricardo Campello was undoubtedly the favourite to pull off a totally reckless and radical manoeuvre. Previously in Pozo he’s attempted triples, but with the wind so onshore it wasn’t going to happen here. Instead it was an extraordinary ankle dry double that won him the heat. In fact, it wasn’t just one ankle dry double spin that stole him the show, just to make sure the cash was firmly wedged in his pocket, he span round a second to wow the crowds!
Super Session Results
1st Ricardo Campello (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)
2nd Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North, MFC)
3rd Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic, North)
Live Mash Up
The super session was streamed live throughout the afternoon, so you could watch the action wherever you were in the world. If you missed it, you can check it all out by following this link HERE.