Mens’ Surf- Slalom
In the men’s Surf-Slalom, we had 18 riders in each heat. Each male rider had one discard in total for all the Elimination Rounds. There were some very tight heats with riders pushing each other down to the line.
Current reigning champion Titouan Galea proved unstoppable during the first few Elimination Rounds, but Camille Bouyer and Mathis Ghio were hot on Titouan’s toes. In the Elimination Round Three finals, we had the firing Frenchie Mathis Ghio leading throughout the whole race, but the pressure became too much at the final buoy, and he took a hard crash. This gave Titouan the opportunity he needed to take first place, once again proving undefeatable.
We managed to catch a quick word with Titouan to ask what was going through his mind when Mathis was leading in Elimination Round Three.
“In wingfoiling, when you are behind, it can be tough to catch up with the leaders because the races are very short with quick gybes. I really couldn’t catch Mathis throughout the race. He had excellent speed. Then, at the last gybe, Mathis fell, his board went one way, and he went the other. I was then able to slip into the first position and take the lead.”
Elimination Round four saw Titouan drop back in the fleet and Camille Bouyer take centre stage. Camille was on fire during the Final Elimination Round of the day, setting himself apart from the fleet.
Currently, Camille Boyer and Titouan Gallea finished extremely close the difference being a single discard position which left Titouan ahead.