Playa Jacó presents varying conditions, 24 heats of Men and Women Main Event unfold
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On the second day of competition at the 2016 INS ISA World Surfing Games the women competed for the first time in the event, providing a powerful punch to the high level of competition.
Playa Jacó showed the international field of surfers the wide spectrum of conditions that it can feature. 12 heats of Open Men Round 2 and 12 heats of Open Women Round 1 of the Main Event transpired through Jacó’s extreme tide swings and moody weather, with conditions varying from glassy and sunshine to gusty rain squalls.
France’s Pauline Ado was the standout performer of the day with a decisive victory in her Round 1 heat. Ado’s heat total of 17.77 and single wave score of 9.27 were the highest of the day for any man or woman, allowing her to comfortably cruise into Round 2 along with Peru’s Analí Gomez (14.20). Chile’s Lorena Fica (11.50) and Switzerland’s June Erostarbe (5.93) missed the cut, but will get a second chance when the Repechage Rounds get underway.
The local star, Carlos Muñoz, continued his strong run of Surfing and obtained the highest wave score (9.17) and heat total (16.50) in the Open Men Division, finishing ahead of Peru’s Alonso Correa (10.54), Argentina’s Felipe Suarez (10.00) and Panama’s Oli Gonzalez (7.10).
Leandro Usuna, the Men’s 2014 ISA World Surfing Games Gold Medalist, passed through his Round 2 heat in second place with a score of 11.53, ahead of the 11.20 heat total that landed Costa Rica’s Anthony Fillingim in third place.
Usuna spoke about his performance:
“The conditions are a little smaller today but it’s still fun and everyone is killing it. All of the countries are excited and I am really happy to make it through right at the buzzer. It was a close heat. Anthony is a great surfer, but I am just really stoked to go on to the next round and represent my country.”
Swiss surfer Alena Ehrenbold was unable to advance through her Round 1 heat, but shared her thoughts on representing her non-traditional surfing country of Switzerland.
“It’s amazing to represent Switzerland. It’s really hard to be a Swiss surfer because you can’t surf every day, we can only surf rivers in the summer if we are lucky or travel long distances to get to the ocean.
“The spirit of this ISA World Championship is amazing. I’ve met so many people and made new friends from all over the world.”
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, chimed in on the action after watching the webcast from Rio de Janeiro, where he is attending the Olympics after the International Olympic Committee voted on August 3 to include Surfing in the Tokyo 2020 Games.
“The women put on a show today at Playa Jacó. Even with the difficult conditions, they shined and set the stage for the action packed week of competition ahead of us. Expect the action to intensify as swell is on the way!”
Surfline, the official forecaster, is predicting that 2-3 foot Southwest swell will continue with some reinforcements on Tuesday, August 8. On Wednesday, August 9, a new Southwest swell will begin to creep in and fill in fully on Thursday, August 10.
The full Surfline Forecast can be found here: http://isaworlds.com/wsg/2016/en/forecast/
View the full results from Day 2 of competition here: http://isaworlds.com/wsg/2016/en/results/
The schedule for Day 3 of competition is the following:
- 7:30 am – 9:30am: 6 heats Main Event Open Women Round 2
- 9:30am – 1:30pm: 12 heats Repechage Open Men Round 1
- 1:30pm – 3:30pm: 6 heats Repechage Open Women Round 1
*Times in local Costa Rica time.
Tune in to watch the live action on www.isaworlds.com.
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, 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, both surfing and racing) 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).