Relentless winds and waves pounded the world's wave specialists for eleven intense hours of competition. Some of the most extreme conditions seen on the 2011 tour fuelled the wave fleet through the single elimination and all but the final eight heats of the double elimination. Waves reaching well over mast high and winds blowing over forty knots, put the sailors on their smallest equipment and ensured the spectators were treated to an action packed display of insane jumps, monumental wave rides and a number of spectacular crashes.
Picking up the action from where they left off yesterday, the PWA crew kicked the day off at round two of the single elimination, where the top seeded sailors entered the mix.
With two wave rides and two jumps counting towards their scores, the sailors were fired up and quickly pulling their most impressive moves to fend off their opponents. The second round of competition saw many of the top seeded sailors quickly take their positions in the following heats and a few surprise exits from major players, Peter Volwater (Fanatic / Maui Sails), Eleazar Alonso (Naish / Naish) and Camille Juban (Gun / MFC).
The third round of competition saw exceptional sailing from Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra) to dispose of his team mate Alex Mussolini (Tabou / Gaastra). Traversa went onto face the Brazilian Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde), and despite his enormous jumps, it wasn't enough to stop a very on form Seadi who having won the event in 2010 was very dialed into the conditions Klitmoller was delivering.
Also reveling in the crazy conditions and working his way past his opponents on his home ground, local legend Kenneth Danielsen (F2 / Simmer / Mystic) was flying high throughout the day, and ripping the waves to pieces to secure a well-earned fifth place. It took the might of Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC) and his extreme double forward loops to put an end to Danielsen's advances in the single elimination.
Brits John Skye (RRD / RRD / MFC) and Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) were fighting hard in the tough conditions and both sailors made their way into the top eight, with Skye defeating fellow countryman Jamie Hancock (Tabou / Gaastra) with his precise jumps, and Williams slaying heavy hitting Dario Ojeda (Tabou / Simmer / Dakine / MFC), by picking up a gigantic wave and putting in one of the longest rides of the day.
It was no surprise, the top four spots were filled with the masters Seadi, the 2010 world champion Victor Fernandez Lopez (North / Fanatic / MFC), Campello and the current tour leader Philip Koster (Starboard /NeilPryde / Dakine / Maui Ultra Fins). Having finished in ninth place in Tenerife, Fernandez Lopez was eager to rectify his position and quickly went about landing perfect double forwards and delivering some smooth wave rides to secure his place in the winner's final, knocking Seadi in the losers final.