World's best aerial surfers lift off in France at Red Bull Airborne

World's best aerial surfers lift off in France at Red Bull Airborne

Brazilian Yago Dora pulls off huge aerial in four-foot waves to secure win.

Eighteen of the world's best surfers battled hard in four-foot waves at Plage des Culs Nus as the inaugural Red Bull Airborne event saw Brazilian Yago Dora take the win. 

- The World Surf League (WSL) specialty event in France consisted of a mixture of the world’s best surfers from the elite Championship Tour and aerial specialists.

- Dora excelled early in the Final producing a huge slob air (front arm grabbing his toe-edge) and another forehand rotation with a frontside grab in the first five minutes to take a lead that he never let go.

- The 22-year-old said: "Being included in this group of surfers was an honour for me. Airs are the future of the sport, so I am so happy and excited to win."

- American Griffin Colapinto and Australia's Jack Freestone rounded out the podium with Tour rookie Colapinto's signature inverted forehand reverses with no grab scoring the highest single score of 6.77.

- Aerial stars Kalani David (HAW), Matt Meola (HAW) and Eithan Osborne (USA) could not transfer their impressive qualifying form into the Final down the order.

Red Bull Airborne Final Leaderboard:
1. Yago Dora (BRA) 18.27
2. Griffin Colapinto (USA) 17.21
3. Jack Freestone (AUS) 15.3
4. Kalani David (HAW) 5.66
5. Matt Meola (HAW) 5.40
6. Eithan Osborne (USA) 0.00

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