UKWA versus PWA at the Virgin Indoor Windsurfing Championship
Posted On: 19/01/2004 09:14:30
London, England: The hottest seats in town Sunday night were at the Schroders London International Boat Show, UKWA versus PWA at the Virgin Indoor Windsurfing Championships. With 25 fans sending 30 knots of wind screaming across the pool, action was fast and furious throughout with slalom, freestyle and jump ramp competitions.
Fresh from his triumph in the UKWA finals last night Nik Baker continued his winning ways by storming his way to victory in Sunday’s slalom finals against young Douglas Diaz of Venezuela.
Against the deafening noise of the 25 huge fans, the non stop extreme action continued with hot freestyle. Each sailor was given four chances to speed down the pool and pull off a move, with their best two maneuvers counting towards the overall score. The standout sailor was undisputedly Kauli Seadi of Brazil who mesmerized the audience with a slick spock 540, a clean grubby and a stunning willy skipper 540. Hot on his heals in second was Nik Baker (Mistral, North) followed by Douglas Diaz (Fanatic, North), third and Oisin Van Gelderen (JP, Neil Pryde) of Ireland raising his game to take fourth.
The jump ramp show in the evening was the one everybody had been waiting for. Each of the fourteen sailors were given two attempts at the jump ramp with their best jump counting and the top six advancing through to the grand final. Advancing were Oisin Van Gelderen, Steve Thorpe, Nik Baker, Ricardo Campello, Kevin Pritchard and Kauli Seadi as the lucky six to make the final. Campello’s final jump, a push loop eventually sealed the deal for the young Brazilian with, fellow countryman Kauli Seadi pulling out all the stops to take second and Steve Thorpe of England picking up a deserved third.
After a tense wait while the judges totted up the scores from all three disciplines Kauli Seadi (AHD, Naish of Brazil emerged as the overall winner and walked away with a winners check and a brand new motorbike presented by Honda.