The first day of the 2018 season has been completed. The Pro Slalom Skiers showed some difficulty with the 10.75-meter line. Only Stephen Neveu and Nate Smith were able to complete a full 6 buoys, both running 2 at the 10.25-meter line. Next in the results for Day 1 was a big pile up of skiers with 4 at 10.75 meters. Nine skiers advance to the finals on Day 2.
The Overall event produced some big scores, with Joel Poland of Great Britain accounting for a large percentage of them. Poland tied his personal best in slalom with 4 at the 10.75-meter line, while breaking his best scores in tricks and jump with scores of 10320 and 59.7 meters respectively. His trick score proved to be an unofficial British national record. He finished the day as the leader heading into the finals with Dorien Llewellyn not too far behind in second. With such a great race shaping up it was unfortunately Felipe Miranda did not make it due to visa issues and we hope to see him at Moomba.
In women’s Overall, Natalia Berdnikava put up solid scores in all three events, rounding out the day with the lead. Giannina Bonneman currently sits in second while Jacinta Carroll is in third heading into the final day of competition. With all three girls skiing so strong we will see this race be fierce in the finals.
The day finished off with a three pass slalom challenge, with each competitor only being able to ski three passes regardless if they ran all three. Strategy came into play and saw Benjamin Stadlebauer and Will Asher begin with 12 metes, then opting up to 10.75, before running 3 at 10.25 meters for the win.
The final day of competition is set to begin at 9:15 AEST with Slalom, followed once again by Tricks and finishing the day off with Jump.
For results, tomorrow schedule and link to live webcast – https://worldwaterskiers.com/tournament/18aus316/
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