ROAD TO THE FINALS TAKING SHAPE WITH ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT OF COMPETITION

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Main Event Men’s and Women’s Finals Are Set On Day 6 Of The Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games

Argentina made history today at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games with two surfers advancing to the Main Event Final including Leandro “Lele” Usuna, pictured, and Santiago Muniz. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
Argentina made history today at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games with two surfers advancing to the Main Event Final including Leandro “Lele” Usuna, pictured, and Santiago Muniz. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

With only two days remaining at the Claro 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at the extraordinarily consistent Punta Rocas, Peru, the road to the Finals is taking shape. Both Men’s and Women’s Main Event Final are set and for the first time, two Argentinian’s have made it this far at an ISA competition.

Peru’s Anali Gomez continues to dominate the Women’s Main Event and has advanced to the Final of the Main Event that with one more win is guaranteed a medal. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
Peru’s Anali Gomez continues to dominate the Women’s side and has advanced to the Final of the Main Event, with one more win is guaranteed a medal. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzaless

2011 ISA World Surfing Games Champion Santiago Muniz will be joined by fellow countryman Leandro “Lele” Usuna in the Main Event Final, and will face Aussies Nicholas Squiers and Shane Holmes.

On the Women’s side, local favorite, Anali Gomez will look to make the host country proud and advance to the Grand Final facing a stacked heat against Australia’s Philippa Anderson, Ecuador’s Dominic Barona, and Costa Rica’s Leilani McGonagle.

The first and second place finishers will advance to the Grand Final on Saturday and third and fourth will fall to the Repechage round, where they will have one more opportunity to reach the Grand Final.

The overall team points have shifted with Peru still in first, followed by Australia in second, and Argentina who moved up to the third spot over South Africa, who is now in fourth. Full team standings here .

Michael February from South Africa. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle
Michael February from South Africa. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

“Today was a special day for me as an Argentinian born Surfer, as for the first time in history two Argentineans advanced to the Final of the Main Event, in other words, if they advance they will become medalists,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre”.

Aguerre continued, “Tomorrow is the second to last day of the event, things are getting very competitive, and also we are having two Semifinals of the Aloha Cup, where the top 8 surfing nations will compete in a very exciting tactic format, which is one of the formats that we would like to use in the Olympics or the Pan-American Games.”

He added: “Today we enjoyed the meeting of a delegations from the World Games Association. They wanted to check out our surfing competition, as Lima could be the host of their Games in 2021.”

ISA President Fernando Aguerre (top right) joined by Peruvian National Olympic Committee President Jose Quiñones, and members the International World Games Association bid committee for the 2021 World Games, who are considering Lima as one of three bid cities. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle
ISA President Fernando Aguerre (top right) joined by Peruvian National Olympic Committee President Jose Quiñones (left), and members the International World Games Association bid committee for the 2021 World Games, who are considering Lima as one of three bid cities. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

Day 6 standouts for the Main Event Rounds were led once again by Peru’s Anali Gomez in the Women’s Division, and Argentina’s Santiago Muniz in the Men’s Division.

Gomez posted 13.50 points to defeat Costa Rica’s Leilani McGonagle (9.33); both competitors are now in the Main Event Final, one last step before the Grand Final.
Hinako Kurokawa (6.53) from Japan, and Lucía Cosoleto (6.47) from Argentina were sent to the Repechage, where they still have a last chance to advance to the Grand Final.

Team Ecuador cheering on their last surfer in the contest, Dominic Barona, who advanced to the Women’s Main Event Final. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle.Team Ecuador cheering on their last surfer in the contest, Dominic Barona, who advanced to the Women’s Main Event Final. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle.

Argentinean Muniz posted an impressive score of 16.00 and defeated Australia’s Nicholas Squiers (11.27) and Costa Rica’s Anthony Fillingim (10.5).

The day finished with elimination rounds, further narrowing the field of competitors. Australia’s Hayden Blair, who first posted a total heat score of 15.43, the highest of the day, and then a 10.93, led men’s Repechage Rounds 6 and 7. Both scores allowed him to stay in competition, still looking for a spot in the Grand Finals.

Australia’s Hayden Blair. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
Australia’s Hayden Blair. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

“The Aussies are doing very well, especially Nicholas (Squiers) and Shane (Holmes), they are getting big scores and with great maneuvers,” said Blair. “The team has a good spirit, slightly picking back up after Otis (Carey) had his injury, so we are looking forwards to the next day.”

Jessica Grimwood also from Australia was the best performer during the Women’s Repechage, earning a 12.17. In second place came Chile’s last athlete in competition, Jessica Anderson, who achieved a 8.27. Anderson’s teammate Lorena Fica came third with a 5.30 and in fourth, Costa Rica’s Lisbeth Vindas with 3.9, who are now eliminated from competition.

“I feel very happy to make it through another heat, the girls are surfing really well so each heat is very tough, said a relieved Grimwood. “I need to recover my arms, as it’s a long paddle out for each heat and now I’m just trying to stay relaxed, do my own thing, surf well and make it through the next heats. Today was very challenging; I think that the local girls and the guys are really used to it and know the right spot to sit for the sets. Team Australia is still in and we are ready to roll!”

ISA Judges. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle
ISA Judges. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

Friday will feature the semifinals of the ISA Aloha Cup, a tag-team relay competition. The eight teams who will compete are based on the top seven ranked teams in attendance from last year’s World Surfing Games, as well as our host nation Peru, and they include: South Africa, Australia, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. Each team is made up of 3 Men and 1 Woman surfing in the Semifinals followed by the Final on Saturday.

For a full list of today’s results, click here.

The Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games resumes tomorrow at 8:40am with The Morning Show hosted by Philip Muller, with Guests from Team Chile.

Following the Morning Show, competition will feature:

2 heats of Open Men’s Repechage Round 8
2 heats of Open Women’s Repechage Round 4
1 heat of Open Men’s Main Event Round 6
1 heat of Open Women’s Main Event Round 4
1 heat of Open Men’s Repechage Round 9
1 heat of Open Women’s Repechage Round 5
Semifinals of the ISA Aloha Cup

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 7:
Friday, 8:40am Punta Rocas, Peru
Friday, 6:40am West Coast USA
Friday, 3:40pm Western Europe/ South Africa
Friday, 10:40pm Tokyo, Japan
Saturday, 12:40am Sydney, Australia
Saturday, 1:40am 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), Layne Beachley (AUS), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL).