Day 4 - Josh Angulo and Klaas Voget show off their skills in the extremely light winds and dying swell, but the conditions just weren’t acceptable for world-class competition.
With the forecast signalling an end to the waves that the competitors had been blessed with for the past few days, the call was made to head to Curral Joul early in order to make the most of whatever was left. As soon as the sailors arrived on site, an 8-10 knot breeze and occasional set-wave, enticed those in the first heat onto the water.
The green flag went up early for the re-run of Josh Angulo (Angulo, Gun, Dakine) versus Klass Voget (Fanatic, Simmer, MFC), but it became immediately apparent that the wind was far too light, and the waves too infrequent for the competition to carry on. Angulo and Voget put on the best show they possibly could given the conditions, but they both lacked the power they needed to perform to their usual high standard.
After a short period on standby the PWA’s finest were released from the heat of Curral Joul to head home and rest before fighting it out another day. Almost everyone left apart from featherweight team-mates, Thomas Traversa (Tabou, Gaastra), and Alex Mussolini (Tabou, Gaastra), who decided to float out to sea and wait for the occasional wave. Although the conditions weren’t suitable for official competition, these two scored numerous rides in their hour-long session, and were caught on camera by PWA lens man, John Carter.
Eye On The Horizon
A south swell is forecast for tomorrow which could potentially provide the goods right on Angulo’s doorstep in Santa Maria, but with the twist of it quite possibly being port tack! A further North swell is predicted for the weekend that would see the competition return to Ponta Preta, Little Ho’okipa, or Curral Joul.