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Competition Heats Up As Surfers Face Do-Or-Die Elimination Rounds

Despite giving a strong effort, Japan’s Kan Watanabe was eliminated on Day 4. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

Peru’s great waves provide an action packed Day 4 at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games. The surf remained overhead, with clean and sunny conditions.

Peru’s Melanie Giunta was the standout of the day in the Women’s draw, earning the highest score of the day of 12.60. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

Competition heats up as it reaches its mid-point, and the surfers faced the do-or-die elimination rounds. As each day passes, the overall team points begin to shift and currently, Peru is leading the ratings followed by Argentina and Chile, who are tied for second. For a full list of Team Rankings, click here.

“We are in beautiful Punta Rocas for the fourth day of the championship,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “The waves today, which are average for Peru, are like the best waves in most countries of the world. We are in paradise, it’s called Peru.”

The nail-biting day featured Repechage Rounds 2 and 3 for the Men’s and Round 2 for Women’s.

Argentina’s Nahuel Rull. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

Argentina’s Nahuel Rull, was the best surfer in the Men’s Repechage. The Argentinean earned a 15.34, and defeated Chile’s Cristian Merello (10.77), advancing in second place, and Colombia’s Anderson Tascon (7.23), and Yoji Osedo (5.3) from Japan, were sent home. Even though Rull advanced to Round 3, he was eliminated from the competition after placing third in his following heat.

South Africa’s Faye Zoetmulder enjoyed the day off skipping the Repechage round and will surf in the Main Event on Wednesday. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

In the Women’s Repechage, Peruvian Melanie Giunta had all the support on her side, and achieved the highest score of the Round, a 12.6.

“Yesterday was a hard day for me,” said Giunta after winning her heat, “but thanks to the whole team that supported me and gave me good advice I was more confident today. I was nervous at first, but then I got a good wave and I could show my surfing and to get the score I needed. The whole team gave me the right words to keep me moving forward. I’m happy to continue in the competition step by step towards the final.”

Giunta defeated, Celia Barboza from Uruguay, who advanced in second with a 9.4, Colombia’s Margarita Conde (4.77), and Mexico’s Pamela Verboonen (1.33) placed third and fourth, respectively, and were eliminated from the competition.

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

The Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games resumes tomorrow at 7:40am with The Morning Show hosted by “Vico” Hamel, with Guests from Team Israel.

Following the Morning Show, competition will feature:
4 heats of Open Women’s Main Event Round 2
3 heats of Open Men’s Main Event Round 4
6 heats of Open Men’s Repechage Round 4
4 heats of Open Women’s Repechage Round 2
3 heats of Open Men’s Repechage Round 5

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

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

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