PWA La Torche - Single Elimination

Ricardo Campello claims the victory in front of Tom Traversa & Brawzinho

La Torche produced the conditions everyone has been eagerly awaiting on day four of the La Lorche PWA Grand Slam as the contest burst into life. Winds of 20-30 knots, combined with half-mast to logo high waves and sunshine set the perfect platform for the world’s most radical sailors to wow the thousands of adoring fans, who had gathered on La Torche’s pristine white sand beaches, and they certainly weren’t disappointed as the standard of the action went, quite literally, sky high with explosive moves being thrown left, right and centre. After an epic day of competition – Ricardo Campello (Patrik / Point-7 / MFC) – laid down the gauntlet to claim his first single elimination victory since Denmark, 2011, and he will now be praying that he can hold onto his lead as he looks to secure his maiden event win on the PWA Wave World Tour.

Dany Bruch going big

Ricardo lined up against Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) in the winners final – the RBSC & Cold Hawaii winner from France earlier stole the victory in his semifinal against Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC) when he pulled off a sick frontside 360 on the final wave. Having missed out on a place in the top three at the previous two events, the reigning world champion put the disappointment of missing out on the winners’ final behind him to defeat – Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins / SWOX) – and return to the top three.

Marcilio Browne

If results stay the same then Campello will rise to third overall, after discarding seventeenth place from Tenerife and Traversa won’t be too disappointed with the result as Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North / MFC) had to settle for joint fifth, meaning the Frenchman’s second place takes him to the top of the overall world rankings – for the time being at least – with just one event to go.

Don’t miss the highlight video of yesterday below. La Torche probably delivered the best conditions on the world tour for this year. Let’s see what there’s to come today. The forecast is set to see much lighter winds – here’s the livestream so anyway you won’t miss the action as it happens!

Text: Chris Yates / PWA

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