APP Ride of the Season: The Judge’s Choice
The past month of APP Ride of the Season has seen the world’s greatest SUP surfers
submit clips with the hope to win a trip to Portugal... Europe’s surf capital. World class watermen such as Kai Lenny and Airton Cozzolino are among hundreds of pros and weekend warriors who are pushing the limits of the sport to earn a place on the coveted trip.
One of the official APP Ride of the Season judges, Joao Maya, has been closely following the competition and is revealing what he thinks are the standout performances in each category at the halfway point. Read on for Joao’s top rides so far with added commentary.
In no particular order...
"Textbook air reverse. Tail high, pretty inverted, full rotation. It doesn't get much better than this."
"Huge turn in a huge section. Great risk, fully committed, maximum reward. The judging criteria in one turn".
"This is the kind of surfing Kai displays most of the time in any given location or conditions. Sharp, clean, effortless surfing, with great power and control, no matter size, wind or risk."
"A round house cutback into reverse followed by top turn combo showing great speed, repertoire and board control. Taka is a ripper in any given surf craft."
"Despite the very small waves and some of the tricks on the clip, it's pretty obvious Edilson rips. Carving and slashing hard, making the most of the small sections on offer."
"Awesome clip. I want to be having as much fun when i grow wiser!!!"
"Iballa ripping some fun looking peelers. Great speed, power and tempo as she shows both top turns and rail work properly mixed together."
"This wave looks so much fun. Vania rips this wave apart, showing power, speed and great variety of repertoire".
"Three turn combo starting with a very committed first hack, straight into two more turns as the wave fades away."
"On this wave we have a great display of rail surfing and the correct way to use the paddle to assist with turns. I like the music too!!"
"Emma shows that SUP is just not about ripping hard - it can also be about style and grace. Here she is on a long SUP, showing great footwork mixed with rail surfing."
"What a bomb!!!!"
The Best of the Barrels
"Holy Moly. This is the kind of ride we live for as surfers. Don't need any extra words as a judge. Epic!"
"Sebastian takes off pretty deep, having to negotiate the foam ball as he flies across the section at an insane speed to find a very clean exit."
"Carlos starts with a fade into a late-almost-free-falling drop, having to knife it pretty hard in order to make it across the section while barely avoiding getting clipped by the lip in the final section. Super intense."
"A late drop, sets the line with a little stall and then holds rail in perfect fashion to clear the section. So clean."
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