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Hydrofoil Pro Tour - Nico Parlier leads

 
San Francisco delivered Epic racing and more for the second day of the 2018 Hydrofoil Pro Tour at the St. Francis Yacht Club.

The top three tightened up, with just six points now separating France's Nico Parlier, StFYC’s Johnny Heineken and Britain's Guy Bridge Bridge.

Titouan Galea is just one point back in fifth behind Connor Bainbridge (GBR).

Grinding upwind along the waterfront, ripping downwind while avoiding other racers, boats, birds, and flotsam, “It was gnarly conditions today,” said Will Morris (StFYC), the top Grand Master after two days of racing. “There was a lot of carnage on the water, people crashing that you needed to avoid."

Guy Bridge (Flysurfer, Mike’s Lab) made the most of it and nabbed three first place finishes to maintain his hold on third place overall.

The classic Crissy Field conditions saw some locals claw back points with Joey Pasquali (F-One/Manera, Mike’s Lab) solidly in sixth and Seth Besse (F-One/Manera, StFYC) fighting for tenth.

Top Junior and Female Daniela Moroz (Flysurfer, Mike’s Lab, Sperry, Ronstan) took more solid finishes in the top ten and sits at seventh overall, putting pressure on Joey Pasquali.

Hydrofoil racing pushes the boundaries of carbon technology, kite ram air foil designs, load limits and athletic judgement.

Italy’s Riccardo Andrea Lecesse (Ozone, Mike’s Lab, Evobars) found those limits during day one when his carbon bar exploded under load, almost severing a finger and putting him out of the racing.

He is reportedly doing fine and undergoing surgery, however, this shows the limits and edges of technology these riders are pushing.

Nobody was especially looking forward to Saturday’s distance race, The Bay Challenge, where racers launch for a speed run downwind to Berkeley, then tack their way back out of the East Bay.

Speed, tactics and course are all up to the racer to find the fastest path. Will Parlier, who won it last year in 30:12, beat his own record in conditions expected to be as windy as today?

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