Amidst 25 to 30 knot winds and overhead surf, the KSP One Eye Pro resumed with Round 2 of the men’s division. With a total of 54 heats (36 men’s and 18 women’s) scheduled, the event passed its halfway point today with the completion of Men’s Round 3 Heat 20 and Women’s Round 3 Heat 10.
Scoring the highest single wave score of the whole event — a 9.43 (out of 10) — Sky Solbach (USA/North) bested Marc Ramseier’s (Switzerland) 9.27 from Round 1. Exhibiting a high degree of control and flow with his powerful top-to-bottom strapless surfing, Solbach rode 14 waves in his Round 2 heat, earning him a 17.93 — the second highest score of the entire men’s event and only the third to surpass a 16-point heat total.
In the closest women’s heat of the day, Kelly Wren (USA) and Elsa Saintville (Mauritius) battled it out in Round 2 with a final score of 12.67 to 14.67. While both had long, fluid rides, Saintville rode committed in the critical section of the wave. Suzanne Kuiper (Netherlands) and Marie Gautron (Netherlands) earned the other two highest scores of the day, 12.64 and 14.66, respectively.
Video of this forth day of competition
As the swell began dropping in the late morning, KSP contest directors put the event on hold to wait for signs of the next swell that was expected to hit. After a 2-hour break, the waves ramped back up to well over head-high in the dropping tide and Men’s Round 3 began.
In one of the most anticipated heats of the day, pitting two Kite Surfing World Champions against each other in an elimination round, Mitu Monteiro (Cabo Verde) and Guilly Brandao (Brazil) went head to head on 5-meter and 6-meter kites. Pulling off the move of the day, Monteiro executed a committed strapless re-entry and scored a 7 and 7.77 for his best two waves. Brandao, losing precious time after dropping his kite, fell just 5.1 points short.
In the rapidly dropping tide and building swell, Men’s and Women’s Round 3 concluded, bringing the day to a close. Tomorrow’s forecast looks incredible, calling for yet another massive, long-period swell in the 10- to 15-foot range to coincide with strong southeasterly winds at One Eye.
Watch the photos of this day of competition.