COMPETITION INTENSIFIES ON DAY 5 OF THE CLARO ISA 50TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD SURFING GAMES IN PUNTA ROCAS, PERU

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Only 3 Days Of Surfing Left, Before Crowning The Individual And Team Gold Medalists

Peru’s Anali Gomez was the standout of the day in the Women’s draw, earning the highest score of the day of 15.83. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle
Representing the host country, Peru’s Analí Gomez was the standout of the day in the Women’s draw, earning the highest score of the day of 15.83. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

As the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games approaches its final three days of competition, the level has intensified. Every victory is one step closer to the Individual Open Men’s and Open Women’s Gold Medals, plus the overall Team Championship.

Australia’s Hayden Blair lost in the Main Event today, but will look to make it to the Grand Final through the Repechage Rounds. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle
Australia’s Hayden Blair lost in the Main Event today, but will look to make it to the Grand Final through the Repechage Rounds. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

Our host country, Peru remains in the lead, and Australia and South Africa are sitting a close second and third respectively after a strong comeback today, followed by Argentina, Costa Rica, and Chile.

Punta Roca’s delivered excellent waves once again, with surf remaining in the 5-7ft range, truly bringing the World Surfing Games the greatness it deserves. Surfline, the official forecaster, has predicted the surf will slightly drop on Thursday before building again throughout the day on Friday and peaking on Saturday with 6-8ft+ with occasional 10ft waves crescendoing in time to finish off this historic event with epic surf.

“It´s the fifth consecutive day of world-class surf here in Punta Rocas, Peru, at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “With waving flags and loud cheers, team spirit is at its highest as we approach the final days of competition. I wish the best luck to all surfers!”

Mexico’s Diego Cadena was eliminated today. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
Mexico’s Diego Cadena was eliminated today. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

The day started with Open Women’s Main Event Round 2, where Local Peruvian Analí Gomez had an intense battle against Ecuador’s Dominic “Mimi” Barona. Gomez defended her home turf fiercely by winning the heat, first posting an impressive 9.33 wave, followed by a 6.50, for a 15.83 total heat score. Barona followed closely, trying to protect the highest event score she achieved during day 3 of the competition posting an 8.60 and a 6.17, for a total of 14.77.

“The ocean changed today and now the wave is breaking more on the inside,” said Gomez. “You needed to be more strategic and I had to battle against Dominic (Barona) for the waves to maintain in first place. Dominic had the best score of the first day and I wanted to do the same. The most important thing is that all of us on Team Peru stay in the competition and add points to take the Team Gold Medal.”

Gomez and Barona sent Uruguay’s Delfina Morosini (5.77) and Puerto Rico’s Kelly Laide (5.37) to the Repechage Rounds.

Other standouts in Women’s Round 2 were Australia’s Philippa Anderson, 2012 ISA China Cup Gold Medalist, who posted a total heat score of 14.17. Also, Japan’s Nao Omura, with a 12.34 and Hinako Kurokawa, with a 9.94, caused a big upset, sending Australia’s Jessica Grimwood (8.9) and South Africa’s Faye Zoetmulder (6.24) to the Repechage Rounds.

A stoked Team Japan after Omura and Kurakawa’s win. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
A stoked Team Japan after Omura and Kurakawa’s win. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

In the Men’s Main Event Round 4, 2011 ISA World Surfing Games Gold Medalist Santiago Muniz from Argentina, showed his potential to reclaim the gold.

“I’m happy to be here, and I feel real good. It was a hard heat with three great surfers and competing against my good friend Cristobal (De Col), but at the end I just put all my energy on my maneuvers and gave it my best.”

Argentina’s Santiago Muniz. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle
Argentina’s Santiago Muniz. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

Muniz earned a 15.90 defeating Australia’s Shane Holmes (13.03), sending to repechage Mexico’s Diego Cadena (8.96), and 2011 U-18 ISA World Junior Champion, Cristobal De Col (8.77) from Peru.

Another Argentinean, Leandro “Lele” Usuna with a total heat score of 12.44 and Peru’s Joaquin Del Castillo with 11.03 points, were the other standouts of this round.

The true locals. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
The true locals. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
Day 5 closed with the intense Repechage Rounds 4 and 5 for Men’s and Round 2 for Women’s.

South Africa’s Davey Brand posted the highest scores in both Rounds, a 13.6 and a 14.73, and managed to make it a step closer to the Finals, through the difficult do-or-die rounds.

Jessica Grimwood from Australia was the best of the Women’s elimination round earning a 13.17, and defeated Peru’s Melanie Giunta (6.84), sending home Grace Spiers (5.67) from New Zealand and Panama’s Samanta Alonso (3.00).

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

The Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games resumes tomorrow at 7:40am with The Morning Show hosted by Philip Muller, with Guests from Team Chile and Mexico.

Following the Morning Show, competition will feature:

2 heats of Open Women’s Main Event Round 3
2 heats of Open Men’s Main Event Round 5
3 heats of Open Men’s Repechage Round 6
2 heats of Open Women’s Repechage Round 3
2 heats of Open Men’s Repechage Round 7

The live webcast of the entire Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games is available on http://isawsg.com/. You can also watch the replay of each day by clicking the tab “Previous Days Webcast.”

Here is the scheduled for Day 6:
Thursday, 7:40am Punta Rocas, Peru
Thursday, 5:40am West Coast USA
Thursday, 2:40pm Western Europe/ South Africa
Thursday, 9:40pm Tokyo, Japan
Thursday, 11:40pm Sydney, Australia
Friday, 12:40am 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).