The first couple of heats were tight, and I narrowly won both – I think nerves were getting the better of me, still battling to understand the challenges of Cuesta. Fortunately the event ran over three days, so by the time I got to the quarter finals I was feeling my groove and really starting to enjoy myself on the water. The quarter finals were pretty straight forward with my new-found understanding of the wind layers and the guidance of the Santa Tabla crew. Getting to the semifinals was a huge psychological milestone as this is where my competition unfortunately ended last year. Thankfully I won this heat, although now the reality of a final against local legends Beto Gomez and Santi Cisneros set in – this was going to be a tough one.
Strategy-wise, well there wasn’t one – body on the line and give the crowd what they came for… extreme Big Air! I was definitely kiting out of my personal comfort zone, which was bound to catch me at some point. Halfway through the final heat I attempted a megaloop board off… Remember that gusty wind I spoke of? She let me down, I fell out the sky and woke up in the back of an ambulance… A podium place was more than I expected in this amazing competition, and I was so stoked to get a third place although I would have loved to have battled it out until the bitter end.
I couldn’t have scripted this whole experience any better, having reconnected with lifelong friends and forged some amazing new relationships. Argentina you delivered once again. Este país ocupa un lugar muy especial en mi corazón, no puedo esperar a verlos a todos ustedes, gente increíble, el próximo año.