2012 Vic Day One

The 2012 Victoria Contest got off to a solid start Saturday morning as a chest high south swell pounded the shore at a low tide Aliso Beach.  Competitors were treated to wedging A-frames under overcast skies and video was streamed worldwide via the live webfeed.

Even with the top 6 competitors from last years event seeded into the next round, prelim heats were stacked with multiple top tier skimboarders in every heat.  Standouts of the morning were Paulo Prietto, Perry Pruitt and Austin Keen.  Perry skimmed like a champion in only his third pro event and is definitely turning some heads.  Austin proved that he is fully recovered from a back injury in Cabo which kept him from skimming the semi-finals in that event.  By the looks of his skimming on Saturday, he is hungry to make up for lost ground.  Paulo skimmed with style and confidence that was unmatched in the morning, racking up the highest scores of the round.

The tide came up quick and with it came the trough.  The sun came out and made for nice weather for the more challenging skim conditions throughout most of the remainder of the day.  The call was made to wait till the very end of the day to run the pro’s second round, and it was a good call.  Just as the tide was starting to drop out the pro’s hit the water for round two.  All the top riders from last years competition were in this round so things got even more hectic.  The trough was still largely in play, especially for the initial rounds but there were solid waves to be had in each heat.  Round two standouts were Blair Conklin, Perry Pruitt and again Paulo Prietto who again had the highest scores of the round.  Fresh off his win in Delaware, Blair piled up the second highest point total of the round while Perry was not far behind proving that he is a rookie season contender on either coast.

Of course, the toughest heats are yet to come and competition is set to resume early Sunday morning.  SkimOnline will have final results, synopsis and photos Sunday night.