I rode really well in my first heat, landing a nice Slim 7, Blind Judge 5 and grabbed Backmobe, to name a few. I ended up taking second position against a Brazilian ripper, which meant I made it into the second round, where I replicated my first heat but better. I crashed my Slim 7 twice, but on my last trick attempt I stomped a clean one and got four solid tricks on the board. I took second position again and went through to the third round. This time I was up against the legendary Carlos Mario. The wind dropped off and I didn’t ride as well in this heat, however I still put together enough tricks to make it into the fourth round. I was super stoked to even make it this far. In the fourth round I was up against Tom Bridge, Val Garat and Dominican shredder Lorenzo Calcaño. To advance to round five, the quarterfinals, I needed to finish second or higher. I kept my composure and didn’t let the pressure get to me. I performed my best heat of the competition, landing three clean double handlepasses and some stylish grabbed single-pass moves. The heat was very close, but I amazingly managed to take the win against some big name, experienced freestyle competitors. I only beat Val Garat by 0.71 points, but it was my huge clean Blind Judge 5 on my last trick attempt that bumped me to first position and through to the quarterfinals.
In round five, I was up against former world champions Valentin Rodriguez and Arthur Guillebert, as well as the young Brazilian prodigy Davi Ribeiro. In this heat, I treated it the same as all my other heats, but just tried to go bigger and do my best. I rode well and landed all my best tricks cleanly, however it wasn’t enough to beat the other riders. They are on another level and it was awesome to even be in the same heat as them. Overall, it was an insane experience getting to compete on the world tour for the first time, and I was really proud of my performance and to be able to represent Naish Kiteboarding and Prolimit. After spending a couple more weeks in the beautiful country of Brazil, it was time to head back to Australia. I had such an unforgettable trip and I was sad to leave, however I was just as excited to spend the next month in Western Australia kiting with friends and competing in the Australian Freestyle Nationals.