Day 9: 30th September 2001
Its Go, Go, Go!!
No wind again today at Sylt, now normally this would have heralded an end to proceedings
here in Sylt, but with one more day left we will hopefully see some full on radical
action at the beach tomorrow.
The local weather forecasters are predicting 35-45 knot South/South Westerly winds
picking up this evening, which hopefully means by the morning the waves will have
also picked up.
The forecast conditions could see the return of the epic conditions experienced
two years ago. That was the year that saw Robert Teritahau (Bic, North)
go absolutely crazy, Robert who needs no encouragement to go big, landed one
of the few ever double forward loops in competition. That however was not
enough for Robert as in the next heat he tried a table top forward and landed
so hard he broke his wrist, crazy stuff from the Frenchman!. Rumour has
it in the competitors tent today that Robert can now land triple loops and he
is planning on trying some tomorrow. The relevant casualty departments of
all nearby hospitals have been contacted and are ready and waiting!.
The mood around the beach today was a lot different to that of the rest of the
week. All the sailors know that the result of tomorrows contest is vital
in the race for the World Title and for the final Wave rankings. Ironically
two years ago winner Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Proof, Pryde) and runner up Vidar
Jensen (North) are both currently ranked first and second in the 2001 wave
rankings. Bjorn and Vidar are best buddies and practically neighbours but
all favours will be put on hold as soon as they hit the water tomorrow.
So the players are all here and the Sylt water park seems open for business, only
the radical may enter and by the sound of things only the radical will leave with
the big money!.