Stacked Women’s Heats to Decide 2018 UR ISA World Surfing Games World Team Champion

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 Lay day on Friday, event to finish on Saturday

Two Pan Am slots for Women up for grabs

Final team rankings to award 20 slots for men and women at inaugural San Diego 2019 ANOC World Beach Games

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Heading into the Final stretch of the 2018 UR ISA World Surfing Games (WSG), the women will determine which nation will become World Team Champion.

Australia's Sally Fitzgibbons will look to earn her second WSG Gold on Saturday. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

Australia’s Sally Fitzgibbons will look to earn her second WSG Gold on Saturday. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

After Wednesday’s competition crowned the Men’s Gold Medalists, competition will be put on hold for Friday, setting the stage for an epic finish for the Women on Saturday.

Among the women vying are world-class talents such as France’s defending Champion Pauline Ado and her teammate Justine Dupont, Australia’s Sally Fitzgibbons, New Zealand’s Paige Hareb and 2015 ISA Junior Champion Summer Macedo from USA.

Much is at stake in the final team rankings, with two women slots in the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games to be awarded and 20 slots for each gender in the San Diego 2019 World Beach Games.

Upon being crowned Men’s Champion, Argentina’s Santiago Muñiz took the first of two qualification spots for men the 2019 Pan Ams. USA’s Kevin Schulz earned the second spot with a fifth-place finish due to Lucca Mesinas’ Bronze Medal performance qualifying him for one of the two spots reserved for the host country of Peru.

The only three women remaining in the event from the Americas are the trio from the USA. They will vie for the two remaining women spots available in the Pan Ams, which will qualify one man and one women for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Additionally, the 2018 WSG will serve at the primary qualification path for the inaugural San Diego 2019 ANOC World Beach Games.

Surfers will qualify via the 2018 WSG based on the following criteria:

  • 2 slots for each gender per National Olympic Committee (NOC) from the top 6 ranking teams, 1 place for the teams ranking 7-11 – 20 total
  • 1 slot for each gender for the NOC of the highest ranked surfer from Africa not qualified in above criteria
  • 1 slot for each gender for the NOC of the highest ranked surfer from Asia not qualified in above criteria
  • 1 slot for each gender for the NOC of the highest ranked surfer from Oceania not qualified in above criteria

*Team slots will be determined separately by the Men’s & Women’s Teams from the WSG

**In order to ensure competitive quality, if the additional qualifying slots for AFR, ASI or OCE do not finish in the top 40 rankings for WSG, these slots shall be reallocated to the next best finishing teams in those respective events regardless of the continent

The schedule when competition resumes on Saturday is the following:

  • 9:00am – First call
  • 9:30am-10:10am: 2 heats Women Repechage Round 8
  • 10:10am-10:30am: 1 heat Women Main Event Round 6
  • 10:30am-10:50am: 1 heat Women Repechage Round 9
  • 10:50am-11:10am: Break
  • 11:10am-11:30am: 1 heat Women Repechage Round 10
  • 11:30am-11:50am: Break
  • 11:50am-12:15am: Women Grand Final

The schedule for the remainder event will be as follows*:

  • September 21 – Lay day
  • September 22* – Competition at Long Beach, Tahara
  • September 22 – Closing Ceremony at Long Beach following the close of competition

*Schedule subject to change due to conditions

The 2018 UR ISA World Surfing Games will be broadcast live on www.isasurf.org September 15-22.

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. 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 Federations of 104 countries on five continents. The ISA is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (ARG). The Executive Committee includes four Vice-Presidents Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL), Athletes' Commission Chair Justine Dupont (FRA), Regular Members Atsushi Sakai (JPN) and Jean Luc Arassus (FRA) and ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo as Ex-officio Member.

Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California (USA).

For more information, please visit www.isasurf.org