The legacy that the first KIA Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup in Klitmøller will leave grew today as Kauli Seadi, the Brazilian magician, won the second super series jump competition with his own gravity defying invention. The jump that Seadi introduced four years ago has only emerged here fully amongst the rest of the field. Evolution can be like that, long periods of stasis, followed by a burst activity. The spark was a practice session yesterday afternoon where the best wave riders and jumpers on the planet met the best conditions on the planet. The sum was explosive.
Seadi’s push loop forward, a backward rotation into a forward rotation, is only possible in high winds with big wave ramps and necessity is the mother of invention. “We all push each other and I think the breakthrough was yesterday because the conditions were so good,” Saedi said. “I did one perfect landing and Ricardo (Campello) saw, so he tried and Brawzinho (Marcilio Browne) saw him and tried and then Robby (Swift) heard that we’d all been trying, so he went this morning. We’re pushing each other and jumping makes a big difference if you’re all together.”
The conditions were the same as Friday with onshore winds, but it was 10 to 15 knots stronger, gusting upto 43 knots. It made for higher and faster rotations which were harder to control, separating the men from the boys in the field of 19 even more quickly.
Swift qualified for the final with an almost perfect push loop forward in his heat off his first ramp in the opening minute. "I should have come in after that,” a groggy Swift said. “I landed straight on back on the last jump. I learnt how to do that (the push forward) this morning. I did it like 30 times, I've got a big headache.”
Swift landed a push forward in the final, but although it was high it was not quite as clean as Seadi’s. Campello did not land one, but his perfect forward double, the move that won him the first super series on Friday, won him second place. It seems likely that the double forward will no longer be the premier jump in wave competition. It was a split decision though, with one of the three judges giving it to Campello. Swift was a unanimous third, just ahead of Brawzinho, who had the most spectacular crash landings. “It was really hard for the push forward because you had to go upwind,” Brawzinho said. “I think we’re all going to need a massage tomorrow.”
“It went two to one, so one judge gave it to Campello for a pretty perfect double forward,” Duncan Coombs, the PWA head judge, said. “But I think the judges were looking for something a little bit different with the new manoeuvre, it’s the talk of the town. Kauli’s landing was a little cleaner than Robby’s, although Robby’s was a little bit higher. Campello didn’t really get a good one. The step forward here is that more people are doing push forwards, not just one or two guys, six maybe eight guys,”
“We have seen it in competition, Kauli we’ve seen doing it for three years, then Ricardo, but it was only one or two of them really. Kauli landed one in a final. There were only a few guys who could do them until yesterday. We don’t always get such good conditions to try it, with the wind being so strong and although the ramps aren’t perfect with a long heat you’re still getting enough opportunity and yesterday they were probably getting the ramps every run. I think what’s so good for them is when they all come together on the same beach that’s what pushes them.”
“It’s a manoeuvre that needs a steep ramp and high wind so they can get enough height when they finish the backward rotation to almost stop in the air and throw their body into the forward rotation. Then they obviously have to land with the right angle to the wind, because they’re quite often landing a little bit into the wind, which is why the sails hitting the water.”
“Backwards rotation into forward rotation – it’s unbelievable to think you can do that, I don’t think in any other sport you can do that, it’s only because you’ve got the sail to help you switch rotation.”
For Seadi there was double satisfaction as it confirmed him as the master of Klitmøller. The only thing missing from his wave world cup win on Thursday, based on peerless wave riding, was big jumps. He won the final with his only jump, a low-scoring pushloop, in the final minute.
“It was really great, the super session with these conditions you can do the craziest moves and go really high,” Seadi said. “Against Ricardo, Swifty, Brawzinho, they are really the top sailors in these conditions, I was able to do the move I invented, the push loop into forward and to get rewarded for it in an event is cool. I did it for the first time in 2006 or 2007.”
“I think it was for sure a good thing because in that final (the wave world cup final on Thursday) I had just one push loop and it leaves gaps for people to say ‘ah no, he didn’t do a double or this or that.’ So, in the heats I wanted to make sure I did a double forward to show the guys. The event was great, I think we couldn’t ask for better.”
The limits of gravity and what the human body can take are being pushed now and another great jump forward maybe a little way off. “The injury they can sustain in trying the triple forward is so high that it seems that only the top sailors would attempt them,” Coombs said. “They’re halfway through their season and the world title probably means more to them.”
“Ricardo Campello’s is almost fearless it seems, but even here he left his armoured wetsuit and helmet at home. It’s possible we’re going to see a push loop double forward. I think before we see landed triples in competition, push loop double forwards are possible.”
All 48 of the best windsurfers in the world and the judges have been unequivocal in rating this as the best event of its kind of the PWA World Cup. It has been a long time coming to Denmark, but it is set to become a permanent fixture on the calendar. The organisation and live streaming and social media innovation have been a great leap forward for the sport. Evolution can be like that.
The Kia Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup is just one of many major international sailing events in Denmark in recent years. This summer, Denmark has hosted several major sailing events such as the SAP 505 World Championship and the RS:X World Championships. Also, Denmark is bidding for the ISAF Sailing World Championship 2014, which is the World Championship for all Olympic boat classes and the most important qualification event for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio. Denmark's official bid for the ISAF Sailing World Championship 2014 is handed in this autumn.
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