So then you were up against Pedro Matos in the Semis, how did that play out?
My heat against Pedro was interesting because I got two keeper waves within the first quarter of the heat. After that the waves went flat for most of the heat. I knew I wasn’t going to improve my scores on the smaller waves which left me out the back waiting for the sets to return. Pedro tried to rack up some backup scores on the inside. One last set came through with about three minutes left and Pedro managed to drop a pretty high score but didn’t get the opportunity to back it up.
And finally, your heat against Mitu. There were only a few points in it and you really made him work for it. Mixed emotions on that?
Mitu is always tough, he’s a solid rider and smart competitor. I didn’t have the best heat in the finals, and I messed up my two best scoring opportunities. Once again, the sets were slow and I stuffed the nose early on my first set wave, then my front foot slipped off halfway through my second set wave and the board hit me in the face. After that there were no proper sets and I was left scratching scores together on the inside.
The opportunities were there for me to win it, but Mitu was able to capitalize on his waves more and he took the win.
So did you feel things had just aligned this day?
I think yes, the conditions were very similar to what I ride at home. I think that was the little extra push I needed to break through the quarterfinals for the first time. Also, it was nice to see a little pay off from all the work that the team and I have been putting into tuning up the gear for competing in specific conditions!