The fifth day of the Youth Cup 2016 in Costa Brava saw an immediate start to the action directly after the Scoring Clinic. With the conditions for the day looking good, the riders prepared themselves around 12 to be immediately immersed in the day’s events, and to continue with the boys U17, boys U15 and Women’s Double Eliminations.
We were graced with the best day of wind of this summer so far according to locals. The young shredders weren’t short of tricks to display and the day offered spectators the best day of action of the Youth Cup 2016.
Today riders who lost in the single had the chance to battle out for the world champion crown in each category. They’ve been training hard all year round for this moment and the action performed today was top notch as expected.
In the girls U17 the local rider Nina Font (ESP) rode amazingly well today fighting back to back to the final where she met and defeated Claudia León (ESP). This led to a girls Super Final to solve the draw. This time Claudia answered with full force and had her best heat of the competition regaining her throne as world champion 2016.
The Brazilian Mikaili Sol won the U15 division. She was literally unstoppable demonstrating that she is the girl to beat and is ready to put the big girls in trouble.
The men U17 division displayed an amazing level, this kids are definitely ready to play with the big boys. We started with semifinals between Maxime Chabloz (SUI) and the Frenchman Nino Liboni. It was a really tight heat with such technical tricks like Slim, Crow mobe or Backside 313. The consistency of Chabloz assured him a place in the final.
On the other side we had the Philipine star Christian Tio against the Frenchman Romain Giuliano. We were expecting an amazing performance from Tio, but it wasn´t his day, just a few tricks and lots of crashes. Meanwhile Giuliano kept landing tricks and went directly to the final getting Tio to dispute 3rd and 4th place in the B-Final.
The final show U15 delivered an amazing performance by the young talents. Undefeated Chabloz (Sui) landed amazing tricks; Slim5, Heart Attack, Back mobe, Front to blind and backside 313. At the same time The Frenchman Giuliano displayed a sick repertoire of tricks; Heart Attack, Hintemberger FS3, Slim, Back to blind and Backside 313. The final result was really tight but Maxime Chabloz pulled it off in the end.
Right after the girls double elimination we changed to the boys U17 double elimination were we enjoyed top level riding. The man of the day was Francesco Contini (ITA), who managed to climb from the bottom of the ladder defeating several riders and meeting the South African talent Jason Van der Spuy.
We hope for a good forecast tomorrow, let’s see if we can finish Double elimination of Boys U15 and U17.
The Prize giving ceremony is scheduled at 17:00 where we will crown the champions of the Youth Cup 2016.
More pictures are available on WKT Facebook page. Pictures credits: Santi Font & Noe Font
FREESTYLE SINGLE ELIMINATION