Sununga Expression Session
The first Day of the Sununga UST World Cup waiting period started off with rainy and waveless, but ended with the best expression session I have seen in 25 years of watching skimboard contests.
Competitors dutifully showed up bright and early for the spot check but with rain and the lack of waves, it was obvious we wouldn’t be running right away. The wave and weather forecast was looking good however and the event was delayed until 1pm.
By that time the sun was out and swell lines were beginning to roll in. Contest director Robertinho Peres made the call to not run the pro heats as more swell is anticipated in the coming days. But the waves were getting quite good, so why not run a little expression session…?
Plans were made and by the time things got rolling the tide was dropping and the waves were looking quite good. Then the competitors took to the water and blew things up!
Locals Leandro and Renato were on fire getting wave after wave while international competitors answered back, pushing the envelope. As much as tricks were emphasized and pulled, Sununga is an in-n-out barrel magnet and I can safely say I have never seen so many in-n-out barrels in a single day of competition. Leandro probably got half a dozen sick ones but the biggest response from the crowd went to Blair Conklin after he got a deep wrap barrel, completely vanishing for a second or two then, shooting out completely clean up the beach.
Renato took first place in the expression session but I am not even sure which wave was the winner. Its hard to tell with so many good ones!
Most important, it is clear that the potential for this event is very very high and the feeling in the air is that something very special is taking place down here in Brazil.
Like I said before, the consensus is that the forecast models are looking quite favorable, and with five days of competition left, we just might push skimboarding competition to a new level here in Sununga this week. Fingers crossed that mother nature comes through for us!
Here are some photos from today.