Finals Day at the 2019 Gran Canaria Wind & Waves Festival certainly didn’t disappoint with several titanic battles taking place as winds over 40 knots.
Philip Köster had started his comeback through the double elimination until the winners final to meet Ricardo Campello in a battle for the first place. Philip won the final and forced a super final in a winner takes all battle.
The Super Final
Head judge Duncan Coombs extended the heat duration from 15 to 20 minutes with 3 jumps and 2 waves to count. The tension was high. Ricardo tested some gear during the heat break as the wind seemed to drop a bit. Philip sat at the beach together with his girlfriend Manca and concentrated on the all deciding final.
From the beginning on of the heat Ricardo busted out massive jumps, in total 10. His top scoring moves were a double Forward, a Push Forward and a Push Table Top. He managed to beat the 9 years younger Philip Köster by almost 7 points in this category. Philip missed to land a good scoring third jump in the end as he focused too much on his wave rides. The 4-time PWA World Champ earned a 10 for a perfectly stalled double Forward, received 6.12 points for a one footed Back loop and just 1 point for another jump. He as well landed another perfect double Forward, but it didn’t count as it was out of the same move category. In the waves Ricardo was 3.3 points behind Philip. This little difference didn’t change the overall result. Ricardo won with a total score of 34.12 points against Philip with 30.62 points.