Day Five Highlights in Tauranga

The competition site was moved again to Pilot Bay, where we completed the full Surf-Freestyle elimination for both men and women.

After a 10am rider’s briefing, the decision was made to move location to Pilot Bay, where the wind was blowing between 13 to 15 knots from the early morning. The full Surf-Freestyle elimination was completed, crowning Chris Mac Donald and Nia Suardiaz as our Surf-Freestyle disciple winners for this first event of the season.

MEN’S SURF-FREESTYLE DIVISION
Men’s Round 1 was completed first, with all of the top seeded riders advancing. The standout heat of the round went to newcomer Cash Berzolla, who gained a top overall score of 19.33 points. His clean and powered Front Flip scored him 7.93 points.

By 1pm we advanced into Round 2 where the action started to intensify and the level of the tricks went up a notch. Camille Bouyer started the round by nailing a 20.90 point heat and eliminating Lilian Juppet. Alan Fedit also continued with his solid form from the previous round, allowing him a spot in the Quarter Finals. The best heat of the round saw Chris Mac Donald score an impressive 23.83 point heat, eliminating another young rider, Cash Berzolla from the competition.

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WOMEN’S SURF-FREESTYLE DIVISION
Bowien van der Linden started her day strong with an impressive heat score of 17.37 points for the first heat of the day. Both her and Nia Suardiez advanced from Round 1 directly to the Semi-Finals.

Semi-Final 1 saw Bowien repeat her solid performance, were her high scores allowed her to defeat New Zealand local Aimee Bright. Nia Suardiez faced Orane Ceris in the second Semi-Final. Her Front Side 3 and Toeside Front Side 3 allowed her to gain a good lead and lock down her spot in the final.

Full Day 5 report here

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