Local longboarder and reigning ISA World Champion Piccolo Clemente earns highest heat total thus far with 18.80 points
Punta Rocas continues to produce world-class waves on third day of competition
Two-time ISA medalist Chloe Calmon of Brazil leads women longboarders
Peru’s Tamil Martino and Vania Torres continue strong into SUP Surfing Main Event Semifinals
The local Peruvian contingent put on a powerful display of surfing on the third day of competition at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.
The reigning ISA Longboard World Champion, Benoit ‘Piccolo’ Clemente, led the charge for the host nation, marking two rides in the 9-point range to earn the highest heat total of the event thus far with 18.80 points.
The Peruvians dominated the shortboard division as well. Alonso Correa nabbed the highest Men’s Shortboard heat total with 16 points, while teammate Daniella Rosas scored 14.17, the highest women’s shortboard total for day 3.
Lucca Mesinas made the locals proud yet again during the Men’s Shortboard Main Event when he scored the highest shortboard wave of the day with 9.27.
In the SUP Surfing discipline, Peruvians were also the standout performers. Tamil Martino’s 14.17 and Vania Torres’ 9.5 were highest heat totals of the day for each gender in the discipline.
“The local support and energy has played a huge role in our performances,” said Clemente. “Punta Rocas is incredible today. I surf year-round here and these conditions allowed me to get my heat score in the 18-point range.”
The world-renowned point of Punta Rocas continued to provide excellent conditions for the best shortboarders, longboarders, and SUP surfers of the Americas on the third day of competition.
The two-time ISA Longboard Medalist from Brazil, Chloe Calmon, took advantage of the waves on offer and marked the highest score in the women’s longboard division (14.66) with several flawless nose rides.
“I found some great sections to hang ten in the big conditions today,” said Calmon. “I’m happy to move into the next round and take a step closer to Gold.”
During the Men’s Shortboard in the morning, two ISA World Surfing Games (WSG) Champions, Argentina’s Leandro Usuna and Mexico’s Jhony Corzo, faced off in an elimination round that would inevitably send one of them packing.
Usuna’s heat total of 13.43 was plenty to overtake Corzo, who struggled to perform a quality maneuver, earning a total of just 5.67.
Also a WSG Champion, Argentina’s Santiago Muñiz survived another day of competition and narrowly defeated Brazil’s Robson Santos in the Repechage Rounds to keep his Olympic hopes alive.
Colombia’s Izzi Gomez upset the former WSG medalist and World Surf League Championship Tour competitor Chelsea Tuach of Barbados in the Women’s Shortboard Repechage.
Gomez needed only two waves to get her heat total of 13.40, which was enough to stave off Tuach’s score of 10.83 points.
“There was a lot of size out there today and it felt great to surf these waves with only one other person,” said Gomez. “Just being here going for a spot in Tokyo 2020 is an honor, but to win would be the biggest accomplishment of my life.”
Gomez, also competing in the SUP Surfing Division, continued advancing in the Main Event of the discipline.
The Lima 2019 Pan American Games serve as a qualifier for Tokyo 2020, with the top eligible man and woman of the Shortboard Division earning a spot in Surfing’s Olympic debut next year.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“Another day of epic waves and world-class performances at Punta Rocas. The best part is that I know these competitors are just warming up with the best still to come.
“Watching athletes of various surfing disciplines was a treat today. The shortboarders with their aggressive maneuvers, the longboarders with their graceful style, and the SUP surfers with flawless technique all proved to be a great showing at the Pan Ams.
“The youthful energy of surfing has been reverberating through the boisterous crowd attending the event. The sport has proven to attract a new audience to multisport events, something that will prove valuable for the Olympics at Tokyo 2020.”
The Lima 2019 Pan Am Games will be 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 Thursday with Shortboard, Longboard, 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, Para 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; World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012; and World Para Surfing Champions in 2015.
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).