CHALLENGING CONDITIONS FOR DAY 3 OF 2013 REEF ISA WORLD SURFING GAMES IN PANAMA

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World’s Best Surfers Show Great Display of Surfing in Santa Catalina’s Small Waves. New Swell on the Way.

Day 3 offered challenging conditions for the world’s best surfers in the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games. The morning’s extreme low tide combined with small waves caused for competition to go into a holding pattern. Once the tide increased, the waves improved and competition started at 11am.

The third day of competition featured Open Women’s Repechage Round 1, Women’s Qualifying Round 2 and Open Men’s Repechage Round 1. The Repechage is do or die. If an athlete places 3rd or 4th in this round, they are out of the competition.

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New Zealand’s Ella Williams, with radical turns like this one, was one of the Open Women’s standouts of the day. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

“The competition is now reaching its critical stages when athletes can’t afford to lose or they will go home,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “I have been watching the world best men and women surfers compete in beautiful Santa Catalina on the live webcast all day. If you haven’t been watching, you are missing out. Make sure to stay tuned all week.”

The day opened with the first Repechage Rounds, where the first athletes of competition were eliminated.

In Women’ Repechage, Pamela Verboonen (MEX, 9.33) defeated her rivals Evelin Centeno (SAL, 6.37) and unfortunately sending out of the contest Valentina Vitale (ITA, 4.90).

Following Verboonen’s heat win, her team mate Leila Figueroa (MEX) earned an 8.50 points, defeating the local Malena Toral (PAN, 5.30) and sending home Greta Dalle Luche (ITA, 3.87).

In Women’s Qualifying, Aussie Codie Klein put on a dominant heat win with the highest total heat score of the day earing 16.50 defeating Maria Lucia Cosoleto (ARG, 5.87), Faye Zoetmulder (RSA, 5.44) and Cristina Vargas (ECU, 1.0).

Another great performance was by Ecuadorian Dominic Barona, who earned 14.67 easily defeating Maia Cheer (ARG, 6.37), Thandi Tipene (NZL, 4.50) and Sofia Alonso (URU, 4.00).

To finish the day, the Men’s hit the water. New Zealand’s Billy Stairmand was the stand out, scoring the Men’s highest heat score of 15.00 defeating Amos Rivera (GUA, 8,57), and George Acosta (URU, 8,57).

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Billy Stairmand, from New Zealand was one of the day’s top performers earning the day’s highest single wave score of 8.33. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

Another standout was Italy’s Angelo Bonomelli, who earned the highest single wave score of the day of 8.33 in the Men’s Rounds. The Italian defeated Nicolas Vargas (CHI, 10.30) and Sebastian Olarte (URU, 9.60).

For a full list of today’s results, click here- http://isawsg.com/results/

The 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games resumes tomorrow with a 10am (Panama time) call to assess conditions. The Morning Show, hosted by Chris Ernst will feature New Zealand’s Elle Williams and Sweden’s Freddie Meadows.

Following that, the competition will feature:
Open Men’s Repechage 1 (heats 11-12)
Open Men’s Repechage 2
Open Men’s Repechage Round 3

The live webcast of the entire championship is available on http://isawsg.com/

Here is the scheduled for Day 2:
Sunday, 10am Call Santa Catalina, Panama
Sunday, 8:40am West Coast USA
Sunday, 5:40pm Western Europe/ South Africa
Monday, 2:40am Sydney, Australia
Monday, 3:40am Auckland, New Zealand

About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men’s and Women’s World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; and World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 100 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL).