Big Waves, Big Winds, sees Triple S riders go Big!
The South West winds delivered big conditions for Day 5 of the Triple S Invitational. Following the round up of the Slicks Finals held in the morning, riders, judges and spectators moved south, to Cape Hatteras.
Riders were judged on their kicker hits for the Surf discipline, and with the ocean delivering juicy ramps it was an impressive spectacle. A solid 30 knts of wind meant everyone was lit on 5m and 7m Kites and was not for the faint hearted.
As the women’s heat got underway, it was clear to see which riders had more experience in such testing conditions. NKB Team Rider Colleen Carroll chose a 6m Dice, a kite with great performance in strong winds. Settling into the heat, riders searched for ramps to hit and as time passed, confidence built throughout the girls with stylish grabs and unhooked moves scoring high with the judges.
With wind and waves still building, the men hit the water. Currents ripped down the coast making it hard to stay up wind and a disaster if anyone crashed their kite. Craig Cunningham unfortunately missed out on making the finals but put in a good performance dialling in a Shifty to Wrapped and Back Mobe. Tom Court, on a 7m Vegas breezed through to the finals with a Crow Mobe, Tootsie Roll and Toe Side 5.
Speaking to Aaron Hadlow he said, “It was really challenging and hard to find the kicker you needed. The conditions were unpredictable but still fun to ride and see what was possible to achieve”
The results will be announced this evening at the closing ceremony. Be sure to check out the video from the Surf discipline here http://www.triplesinvitational.com/on-demand/2014/day-5-highlights/