Photos: Toby Bromwich
It’s been going off in Mauritius on the famous One Eye break, check out the pics!
Melbourne boy James Carew has made a strong impression in this contest from the start with a immensely powerful backhand approach. He met countryman and leading contender Keahi de Aboitiz in the quarters. Forced to put it all on the line in that heat, James put his kite down halfway through the heat and struggled to make up the time in a heat that was light on big waves and wind, making it technically difficult.
Keahi’s had to work to get to this stage in the competition, often finding his heats plagued by smaller waves, but he’s been competing at a high level since 2006 believe it or not, and knows how to get the most of the conditions and get the job done! He faces Matchu Lopes in the first semi final today.
Day two at the GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle round 3 in Mauritius saw non-stop action from the start of the day to sundown. Starting from just over halfway through round one, we then whipped through round two which was the dingle round for those riders who finished in second and third in round one, then it was onto round three where the biggest news was the championship leader Airton Cozzolino was dumped out of the contest by local Jeremy Chan! There was barely time to catch breath as the action continued thick and fast as One Eye continued to blow savagely hot, or cooler at times – during certain 15 minute heats riders had to scratch around and show their technicality on some smaller waves to do enough to get through. But generally it was all-on!
Jeremy Chan’s heroic run came to an end in the quarters against Patri McLaughlin, but as Toby Bromwich spent all day on the reef collecting mesmeric moments, let’s let the photos do the talking!
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