The day saw the start of the men’s finals here in Blue Palawan. The sun was out, and the wind was up, as the men took to the water for a heated battle for the top sports. Eight riders in the finals.
The Men’s Final saw a huge upset! 2016 KPL Vice Champion Brandon Schied started out strong, scoring a pair of 5.8s on the first 2 features. However, he took a rogue gust on his last attempt on the Rooftop and missed the second half of the rail while attempting to gap from the Ollie saver, leaving him with a 1.3. Then he was a little off on the starboard kicker, butt checking his Mobe 5 for a 2.8. Noe Font put together a great heat with a solid set of rail hits including a Nollie Ledge Step Up Back Tail 270, scoring a 6. Ewan Jaspan was on fire taking the highest score of the Final with a Toe Back 5 Stalefish scoring a 7.5 on the starboard kicker. KPL Champion Sam Light impressed the judges with the highest slider average as well as a Moby Dick 5 scoring a 7.2.
Women’s Heat 2 saw Sensi Graves pull out a few KPL ‘firsts’ with a ledge step up on the North Kiteboarding Box and Frontside 540s both ways on the kicker. Her highest score came on the Rooftop with a 180 Front 5050 Pretzel 270 Back Lip 270 scoring a 6. Colleen Carroll was able to come from behind with the highest scoring port kicker hit and a Toe Back 3 Melan which scored a 4.1. Annelous Lammerts took a relatively safe approach but her consistency and speed saw her tally up great scores.
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