Sacha Specker dedicates DKWT win at Port Macquarie to David Lilienfeld
posted on 22nd April 2012
The 2012 Port Macquarie Festival of Bodyboarding, stop number 3 for the DKWT, the Men's Global Qualifying Series (GQS) and Womens World Tour (WWT), ran to completion today in front of a spectator packed break wall in consistent 3-4 foot surf at Port Macquarie's famous B' Wall surfbreak.
The DKWT final was taken out by South Africa's Sacha Specker, who narrowly topped Central Coast's natural footer Grant Malony (AUS) in second, 2011 DK World Champion, Damian King (AUS) in third and Mason Rose (AUS) in fourth. King looked unstoppable in his semi-final heat, scoring a perfect 10 point ride for a deep barrel backed up bay a flurry of frontside turns, but was unable to find his rhythm in the final.
Spex won the first event of the 2012 tour at the Pipeline but opted not to compete in the second event - The Peruvian Inka Challenge. Both wins have been at Grand Slam Series (GSS) DKWT events puts Sacha as a favourite at the halfway stage of the 6 event tour which counts 3 GSS events and 1 international event.
In a sad week for South African Bodyboarding, Sacha dedicated his win to a lost friend - "This DKWT Grand Slam win I dedicate to a good friend, great bodyboarder and legend for ever! David Lilienfeld."
In the 6 star GQS it was again Sacha Specker who shone from the South African contingent. Going into the 3rd event of the GQS tour, Sacha was lying in 2nd place and put in another strong showing at this event, advancing through to the semi-finals - at the expense of Mark McCarthy - and finishing 5th overall. This puts him in a strong position of qualifying for the Grand Slam Series next year.
The final was won by the high-flying Hawaiian, Jeff Hubbard. Hubbard made the most of the ideal conditions, taking to the air with a variety of air-roll-spins, inverts and an air reverse, posting and impressive heat score of 16.13 out of a possible 20 points to top local youngster Charlie Holt (Port Mac/AUS) in second, Andrew Lester (Cronulla/AUS) in third and 2011 World Champion Pierre-Louis Costes (Capbreton/FRA) in fourth. After Hubbard launched a lofty air reverse about half way through the final and was rewarded 9.25 out of 10, Holt and Lester were searching for near perfect scores and Costes found himself in a combination situation.
Taking out the WWT Grand Slam event was an in form Isabela Sousa from Brazil. Sousa defeated Mayumi Tone (JPN) in second, Enate Aguirre (ESK) in third and Karla Costa-Taylor in fourth. The Brazilian 2010 World Champion is now in a commanding lead on the WWT with two wins out of first three events of 2012. Sousa took charge early on in the final, racking up a pair of midrange scores with clean spins-roll combos, but really established dominance when she launched a big invert on a set wave closeout to take out the final.
Interesting fact: All three winners today were also winners at the 2012 IBA Pipeline Challenge.