Two-time World Surfing Games Champion Santiago Muñiz of Argentina excels in powerful surf
Local Daniella Rosas electrifies capacity crowd with highest woman heat total
First Olympic dreams cut short in Repechage Rounds
SUP Surfing makes Pan Am debut
A fresh swell graced the shore of Punta Rocas, Peru for the second day of surfing competition at the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games, producing large, powerful waves for the best athletes of the Americas to exhibit their talent.
Argentina’s two-time, reigning ISA World Surfing Games Gold Medalist Santiago Muñiz harnessed the power of the ocean and put on the top performance of the day after falling to the Repechage Round on Monday. In his pursuit of a Tokyo 2020 qualification slot, Muñiz earned wave scores of 8 and 9 points to sum up the highest heat total of the event thus far with 17 points.
Local Peruvian surfer from Lima Daniella Rosas electrified the capacity crowd of local spectators that came to support their compatriots in the water. Rosas defeated Barbados’ Chelsea Tuach in the Main Event with a division-high wave score and heat total (8.5 and 15.27, respectively).
Rosas received a boisterous round of applause from the spectators as she gave her post-heat interview.
Peru’s Lucca Mesinas complemented the performance of Rosas and earned a 9-point wave score of his own, matching Argentina’s Muñiz for the highest of the event thus far.
“It’s super fun to be here with all the fans from Peru,” said Mesinas after advancing to the next round. “The waves are really big today so it’s really nice for the crowd to see this show.
“It’s a huge opportunity to be competing for a slot at Tokyo 2020, but for now I am focusing on making heats to get a medal for my country.
“As far as Olympic qualification, if that happens as a result, that would be amazing.”
After shortboard and longboard debuted in the Pan Am Games on Monday, the best SUP surfers of the Americas got their chance to take center stage with their first heats.
Colombia’s Giorgio Gomez, who is slated to compete in both the SUP surfing and racing disciplines, earned the highest heat total of the division with 11.67 points.
Vania Torres continued the strong showing of the Peruvian contingent in the event and earned the highest women’s SUP Surfing heat total with 11.33 points.
USA’s Candice Appleby, a multi-discipline SUP racer and surfer, advanced through the first round of Women’s SUP Surfing and spoke about her experience at the Games.
“The conditions are challenging, but the waves are great with plenty of opportunity out there,” said Appleby.
“It is an honor to compete in the Pan American Games and represent my country. To compete in racing and surfing is super exciting. I’ve been paddling for a long time, so to still be in the sport during its Pan Am inclusion is great.”
The first Olympic dreams to qualify for Tokyo 2020 via the Pan Ams came to an end during the Shortboard Repechage Rounds on Tuesday, as eight surfers fell from the event.
USA’s Kevin Schulz, Uruguay’s Lucas Madrid, Ecuador’s Israel Barona, and Puerto Rico’s Ricardo Delgado bowed out of the Men’s Division, while Ecuador’s Susana Barrenzueta, Panama’s Enilda Alonso, USA’s Tiare Thompson, and El Salvador’s Vanessa Cortez had their campaigns ended.
However, these surfers’ Olympic dreams are not over, as many could look to qualify next year through the 2020 ISA World Surfing Games.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“We couldn’t ask for any more than what we got today from Punta Rocas. This is a world-renowned wave and it’s providing the world-class conditions that we expected.
“The best surfers of the Americas are making the most of this excellent opportunity and showing us amazing, powerful surfing.
“For a few of our competitors today, their Olympic dreams have been put on hold. However, their journey here at the Pan Ams is not done, for they have made history as participants in Surfing’s debut in the Games and now will remain by their teammates’ sides to help support them through this event.”
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 Wednesday 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, 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