Tokyo 2020 qualification update: Six men and six women remain in Shortboard competition
Bryan Perez has secured first medal of entire 2019 Pan Am Games for El Salvador
SUP Racing to crown historic Pan Am Gold Medalists on Friday
Panam Sports President Neven Ilic visits Punta Rocas: “Incredible legacy for Surfing in the Americas”
A full day of talent-packed elimination rounds narrowed the field of competitors in contention for medals at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games surfing competition.
Only six men and six women remain in the Shortboard event, which will award a Tokyo 2020 qualification slot to the top finishing eligible man and woman for Surfing’s Olympic debut next year.
With the ISA’s double elimination format, surfers that lose in the Main Event get a second chance to continue in the Repechage Rounds, which is a longer road to a medal. The winner of the Repechage Final faces off with the winner of the Main Event Final to contest the Gold Medals.
The Repechage Final serves as the Bronze Medal match, with the winners advancing to the Gold Medal Round and the second place finisher earning the Bronze Medal.
Peru’s Lucca Mesinas and El Salvador’s Bryan Perez will face off in the Men’s Main Event Final, with a talented field of competitors still alive in the Repechage Rounds.
Three ISA World Surfing Games Champions, including Argentina’s Leandro Usuna, Costa Rica’s Noe Mar McGonagle, and Argentina’s Santiago Muñiz, continue in the Repechage Round along with Costa Rican Anthony Fillingim.
Perez’s guaranteed medal position is significant, as it currently would be the first for El Salvador of the entire Pan American Games across all sports. If Perez loses in the Main Event and Repechage Final, he earns the Bronze, where if he wins his next two heats, he would earn the Gold.
For the Women’s Shortboard, Ecuador’s Dominic Barona and Peru’s Daniella Rosas have secured a podium finish by qualifying for the Main Event Final, while Chile’s Jessica Anderson, Mexico’s Shelby Detmers, Peru’s Melanie Giunta, and Argentina’s Ornella Pellizzari remain with Olympic dreams intact in the Repechage Rounds.
Peru’s recently-crowned ISA Longboard World Champion Benoit ‘Piccolo’ Clemente continued to leave his mark on the Men’s Longboard Division. For the second consecutive day he scored the highest heat total among all disciplines with 18.10 points.
Clemente will meet with USA’s Cole Robbins in the Main Event Final, with both having secured a medal finish in the division.
Brazil’s two-time ISA medalist Chloe Calmon continued her hot streak in the Women’s Longboard Division and advanced to the Main Event Final, where she will go up against Canada’s Mathea Dempfle-Olin for a spot in the Gold Medal round.
Peru’s Maria Fernanda Reyes stormed through the Repechage Rounds of Women’s Longboard with the day’s highest heat total of 13.83, intent on earning a spot in the Final.
The SUP Surfing competition has not yet advanced as far as the Shortboard and Longboard disciplines, so no medals have been guaranteed for any athlete.
Brazil’s two-time and defending ISA SUP Surfing World Champion Luiz Diniz made a strong recovery after an unlucky Main Event heat in which he broke his leash. Diniz earned the second highest heat total of the day among all disciplines with 17.34 points in the Repechage Round.
Argentina’s Lucia Cosoleto topped the Women’s SUP Surfing with a 10.40 score, the highest of the day of the division.
History will be made when competition resumes on Friday morning as the SUP Racing discipline will award the first SUP Gold Medals in the history of the Pan American Games.
The race features a three-lap, five kilometer course through the surf zone at Punta Rocas, that will require expertise and precision to take advantage of the powerful waves.
Top athletes of the sport such as USA’s Connor Baxter and Candice Appleby, Canada’s Lina Augaitis, Brazil’s Vinnicius Martins, and Peru’s Itzel Delgado will be contesting for the historic Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals.
President of Panam Sports, Neven Ilic, came to the surfing venue at Punta Rocas on Thursday to enjoy the world-class performances on display.
“Everything I’ve seen here today at the Lima 2019 Games is incredible, especially the legacy that this will leave for Surfing in the Americas,” said Ilic. “I congratulate you all, first for the competition, second for the work that you have done, and all that will be left here for the continent. Have a great, successful competition!”
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“You can sense the Olympic spirit in the air here at the Pan Am Games. The Men’s and Women’s Tokyo 2020 qualifying slots have been narrowed to likely just six athletes of each gender, which has brought out an excitement and passion that is defining our sport.
“I am proud to know that tomorrow SUP racers will contest for the event’s first and historic Gold Medals. It’s amazing to see the ISA’s years of investment, development, and growth of SUP Racing come to fruition and raise the sport to a global stage.
“It was a pleasure to see Panam Sport President Neven Ilic enjoying the surfing competition today. We hope that Surfing’s inclusion in the Games is permanent and that it returns for the 2023 edition in Santiago, Chile.”
The Lima 2019 Pan Am Games are being broadcast live July 30 – August 4. To find out where and when you can watch, check the listing with the respective Lima 2019 broadcast rightsholder in your country.
Competition continues Friday with SUP Racing, Longboard, Shortboard and SUP Surfing.
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 108 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