Please select your home edition

Baja Desert Showdown expression session

by International Windsurfing Tour 21 Aug 21:49 PDT 17-24 August 2019
Morgan Noireaux - Baja Desert Showdown © Paige Laverty

The ocean had another day of very low swell but great wind, so riders headed to the upwind side of the bombora to catch some air time with 30 knots and little ramps breaking very, very close to the rocks. Brave souls. Just a little nuts.

The dense clouds of Pelicans and seagulls had their normal air traffic control thrown into chaos as the riders burst into their flight paths swirling around the rock of the bombora (rest assured, no animals were injured in the making of this film). The footage that you will see is truly spectacular and worthy of a David Attenborough documentary. You'll see soon.

Top riders Antoine Martin, Morgan Noireaux, Bernd Roediger, Russ Faurot and even head judge Duncan Coombs had a blast, shooting for the little ramps at full speed right along the treacherous rocky edge of the bombora. They had to get close to catch the small weaves giving a brief vertical launch pad. The stand out performance was from Morgan with his high one hand, one foot back loops that included tail grabs, foot grabs and general aerial control that impressed even the masterful pelican aerialists. The other big standout was IWT Director Russ Faurot. The previous day he had struggled to find his normal form in the cross onshore wind chop 'waves', but yesterday he had clean little ramps, great wind and his favorite 3.8m allowing him to throw a few giant backloops outshooting even the best in altitude and landing with his usual level of ultra precision. Bernd Roediger was the only one brave / crazy enough to ride the waves so close to the rocks. It was a great show by all riders and certainly everyone made the most of the conditions to put on a wild show for the media crew that has come to Baja to cover this event.

The day ended, as all do here, with a crowd of deeply exhausted riders, great stories of athletic madness, a stunning sunset, Baja fogs (more detail on these in coming days) and great good times that remind us all of how extraordinary it is just to be alive and have the privilege of enjoying this extraordinary place in the remote Baja desert. What a day!

The forecast is for slightly better swell today and we may be running Amateur division today with the pro riders looking forward to a swell due to arrive on Friday. Perfection requires patience.

Stay tuned to our social media channels for updates throughout the week (Instagram and Facebook).

Related Articles

IFCA Wave European Championship 2019
Crowning of the European Wave champions Double eliminations were completed for all divisions of the IFCA Wave European Championships on the fourth competition day in medium to strong winds with waves from 1.7 to 2 meters of height. Posted on 22 Sep
Pacasmayo Classic overall
The strongest youth field in a generation The Pacasmayo Classic saw the strongest Youth field in the history of the event take to the waves this year, as the strongest Youth field in a generation continues to emerge around the world. Posted on 16 Sep
Pacasmayo Classic day 4
Maria Andres takes control Andres stole the show in the hotly contested Pro Womens final with consistent strong aerials, her hallmark speed and aggressive lip attacks. Sarah Hauser secured 2nd place thanks to a great wave in the dying minutes of the half hour sunset final. Posted on 13 Sep
2019 Pacasmayo Classic day 3
Stunning conditions for pro finals You can't script this stuff! After a stunning day at the point with logo to mast high waves, we have results in both Pro Men and Pro Women. A new level of drama now rests on the title race with these results really mixing it up for the top spots. Posted on 12 Sep
2019 Pacasmayo Classic day 2
Continuing to deliver perfection Logo high waves were pumping in from the point in yet another day of stunning conditions at The Pacasmayo Classic. The wind was lighter than the first day and riders were on their bigger gear Posted on 11 Sep
2019 Pacasmayo Classic day 1
A truly unforgettable day Head Judge Duncan Coombs called for the first round of Amateurs, then the first round of Pro Women, then Masters and Grand Masters and finally the first round of Pro Men. The heats were all completed in dream conditions. Posted on 9 Sep
Nick Bez headlines Windsurfer fleet at Sail Sandy
A big fleet expected to descend on Sandringham Yacht Club The Victorian Windsurfer Class fleet will kick off its 2019/20 summer season in October with a big fleet expected to descend on the Sandringham Yacht Club for the 2019 Sail Sandy Regatta. Posted on 6 Sep
Martin and Aukes hold the lead on the Dream Tour
Antoine Martin and Arrianne Aukes retain their top positions With only 2 events to go on the 2019 IWT Dream Tour, leaders Antoine Martin and Arrianne Aukes retain their top positions as all the hot riders chasing them just missed a major opportunity to catch up. Posted on 26 Aug
Vanora Engadinwind by Dakine overall
Foggy weather turns lake Silvaplana into a mystical place The foggy weather this morning turned lake Silvaplana into a mystical place, providing yet another atmosphere, one of many that this beautiful place has to offer. Posted on 24 Aug
EFPT Tow-In Engadinwind day 2
Determining the final top six riders for Saturday's big final The Belgian sailor attempted a double air-culo and could almost make the landing. We are excited to see him perform this maneuvre also in the final and hope for the first ever double air culo landed in an official tow-in competition. Posted on 23 Aug
Gul 2019 CODEZERO EVO FooterAOWBS 2019 BottomMelges 14 2019 Footer