The judges later decided to call it a ‘Late back roll rodeo double loop ending with a board off’… whatever it was we’d just seen the most undulating trick of the entire contest that exhibited Airton’s crazy control as a pilot in challenging conditions.
Back on terra firma, the reigning Champion said,“Oh man, did you see it, ha ha, it felt so good. I hope they count the landing!”
All five judges had given Airton three 10s for his heat’s ‘technical difficulty’, ‘variety’ and ‘overall impression.’ Alvaro Onieva commented,“His scores were so high because his heat was full of crazy tricks with tremendous power and performance!”That rating is a first in Kite-Surf World Tour history, and a mark of what Airton was building up to over the last few days.
This result takes him to four wins from five events (in this seven event season), and up to two wins over Matchu in the three finals they’ve contested in 2018. Of his own performance in the final Matchu said,“What can you do when it doesn’t connect!”Five minutes later, as we awaited the official result over the loud speaker in front of the Rene Egli Sotavento crowd, Matchu lifted Airton’s arm before the MC had chance to announce the winner, as all riders hailed ‘Airton the Alien’ (otherwise now known, thanks to the event MC, as ‘Cozzolino Airways’!)