At the end of August (19.-26.) the IWT fleet gathered in Punta San Carlos (Baja California) for their 4th wave event of the season, the Baja Desert Showdown. The conditions allowed results in all 6 categories, although the swell got smaller over the contest period. Hence the final heats got extended to 30 minutes to determine the winners.
The women’s fleet saw a new winner with Italian Annamaria Zollet, who had spent many months in Moulay Bouzerktoune, Morocco before. Morgan Noireaux, who competed in the PWA wave events in the Canary islands in July and August, won the pro men category. “A few critical turns and a smooth taka earned high marks on the judges sheets. Morgan pulled another clean Taka right off the peak securing his second high score, and gaining just enough points to take the win,” the IWT press officer writes.

Check out the some of the highlights from the event.

IWT Baja Desert Showdown 2017 – Highlight Video

Video by Kevin Pritchard and Joey Sanchez


Results IWT Baja Desert Showdown 2017

Pro Men:
1. Morgan Noireaux
2. Kevin Pritchard
3. Boujmaa Guilloul
4. Joey Sanchez
5. Francisco Goya
5. Brice de La Menardiere
7. Edvan Souza
7. Federico Morisio
7. Casey Hauser
10. Russ Faurot
10. Maxime Fevier
10. Kevin McGillvray
13. Hiroshi Hashimoto
13. Takara Ishi
15. Fernando Loffreda

1. Annamaria Zollet
2. Arrianne Aukes
3. Sarah Hauser
4. Amandine Bouhour
5. Elise Gire
5. Tomimo Noguchi
7. Kazaki Ishihara
7. Fuka Noguchi
9. Sam Bittner

1. Alex McKirgan
2. Takara Ish
3. Kazuki Ishihara

1. Simeon Glasson
2. Erik Bergmeyer
3. Jonathan Pooley

Grand Master
1. Mike Colee
2. Kevin O’Connell
3. Scott Shoemaker

1. Jonathan Pooley
2. Tom Ben-Eliyahu
3. Tom Soltysiak