Intense Big Air Twin-Tip world title battles in Tarifa

Pole position

But it was the old rivals Principi and Whaley who really showed their intent. In his heat Whaley scored 21.66, including a 7.60 and a 7.53 for smoothly executed kite loop board offs, back rolls and front rolls.

Pincipi defeated Whaley in the final of the Big Air Twin-Tip world championships last year in Tarifa. But Whaley returned the favour by beating the young Italian at the opening round of the BIg Air world championships at Lords of Tram in April and is in pole position to win the title at the conclusion of the event.

But 18-year-old Principi has not intention of going quietly. He charged his own heat racking up 20.44, including a pair of scores of 6.97, one for a kite loop front roll tic-tac. Afterwards he warned there was more to come.

“I start my heats with a strategy, but if I feel a gust or a lift, then I do a loop, or another loop, and maybe a rotation,” he said. “I feel I only did 20 percent of my tricks today, and not my biggest tricks. It was just a warm up.”

words: Ian MacKinnon
images: Samuel Cárdenas

Event information

  • Location: Balneario beach, Tarifa, Spain
  • Dates: 26 May — 16 June
  • The official Race Notice and event schedule can be found here
  • All event information here