Men’s Round 3
With various false starts, the competition finally commenced at 3pm, with Men’s Round 3, Heat 21. The format for today was changed to a pure wave format, due to the lighter wind conditions. Riders were given 10 wave attempts, with the top 2 scores counting. The heat duration was also extended to 18 minutes, with a 4 minute transition time.
Heat 21 was between Jerome Cloetens and Fabian Muhmentaler, where Jerome unfortunately managed to destroy his wing in the opening minutes of the heat as a large set came in. He managed to complete the entire heat riding with just half a wing, yet still scored several decent waves which gave him the advantage over his team-mate Fabian.
Fernando Novaes from Brazil faced French rider Clement Colmas for Heat 22. Two very calm and collected athletes, they each awaited the most suitable waves throughout their heat, but it was Fernando who managed to beat Clement by just a fraction of a point on his last wave, allowing him to advance to the Quarter-Finals.
Julien Bouyer held a steady lead against Mathis Ghio for Heat 23, where his 8.20 score wave gave him a secure lead throughout. All attention then turned to the final heat of Round 3 where the young 16 year old Malo Guenole knocked out the current tour leader, Titouan Galea. Titouan couldn’t seem to find the same magic as yesterday, and struggled to keep up with the pace of Malo, whose fluid turns and impressive style gave him the lead and the well-deserved spot in the Quarter-Finals.