LA COUPE DES ISLES PWA FREESTYLE GRAND PRIX, DAY 3
Campello on top of the world!
Wednesday September 4, 2002
17-year-old Ricardo Campello (JP, Neil Pryde) has won the opening double
elimination of La coupe des Isles, PWA, 2002 Freestyle Grand Prix. The
Venezuelan freestyle genius came out on top this afternoon after defeating
Matt Pritchard (Gaastra, AHD) of America in a thrilling final. Conditions
could not have been better here in the Madeleine Islands today with 15-20
knot winds, clear blue skies and non-stop action all day long.
Campello opened the day in style by defeating Britain s Nik Baker
(Mistral, North) in the single elimination final. Not only did he string
together a scintillating routine but in the closing seconds of the heat,
Campello nailed a Chacho , his latest mind blowing innovative move which
sent the crowds into hysterics back on the beach.
Riveting action continued with the double elimination as the first round
losers battled their way back through towards the final. Despite fine
performances from Josh Stone (JP, Neil Pryde), Kauli Seadi (Naish boards,
Naish sails), Robby Swift and Nik Baker, it was Matt Pritchard who came
through to challenge Campello in the double elimination final. Pritchard
was on fire this afternoon, particularly his heat against Nik Baker which
many onlookers reckoned was the highest scoring heat of the competition so
In the double elimination final Campello opened up by crashing his first
two moves and it looked like the door could be open for Pritchard to take
control. By the midway stage it seemed like Pritchard had the heat wrapped
up, he had nailed several slick moves whilst Ricardo was still sailing
below his optimum capability. The fight back came in the closing minutes
as Campello nailed a Spock Diablo, a clew first willy skipper and a
perfect Swayze. The judge s decision was unanimous with a 5-O decision in
Campello s favor.
RICARDO CAMPELLO (JP, Neil Pryde)
Since Pozo, I have not been nervous. I don t know why but I have learned
that in the contest you cannot be nervous otherwise you lose everything.
In the beginning of the heat I tried a willy skipper and came down. Then I
tried another move and came down again. I said to myself& Please I have
gotta do it&I am not going to fall down anymore! From the middle onwards
nailed all my moves. I am really happy. The Chacho I landed in the single
elimination final is an aerial duck gibe into a spock 540. It is one of
the toughest moves in freestyle right now
MATT PRITCHARD (Gaastra, AHD)
I had fun out there today. It started out kinda Ho hum but the wind kicked
in and I really enjoyed the sailing. That heat against Baker I had good
wind in my sail and everything just fell into place. I don t think I made
any mistakes&for me it was a perfect heat. In the final I thought I had
chance because I saw him fall off a lot but I did fall a little bit more
myself. That is the way it goes&you win some you lose some!
Tonight is body-painting night at the local restaurant Barachois. It
certainly sounds interesting and no doubt the sailors will be there in
force to check out the action. The forecast for the next few days is
calling for gale force winds and it looks like the competition could
finish with ballistic climax. One thing is for sure&Ricardo Campello is
now in the driving seat on the freestyle world tour and it s going to take
a mighty performance to take him down the way he is sailing right now!