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Jamie Mitchell (AUS), Fernando Stalla (MEX), Dylan Frick (RSA), and Ollie Shilston (GBR), from left to right, led the pack in Heat 1 of the Men’s SUP Technical Race. Photo: ISA/Tweddle

Amazing action in the Men’s and Women’s SUP Surfing and Men’s SUP Technical Races

Day 4 greeted the competitors with beautiful sunny conditions and with the expected increase in swell, with excellent waves in the 6-8ft range.

Today’s competition had a great start featuring the Men’s and Women’s SUP Surfing followed by the Men’s SUP Technical Races. The Men’s and Women’s SUP surfers showcased amazing style and performance in the waves of La Pampilla Beach. Following that thrilling opening, the Men’s SUP Racers took on the course with the turning buoys in the middle of the surf zone resulting in thrilling races.

“The conditions today were amazing and I am very happy that the waves and the weather improved and we had no fog delays,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “I keep persisting on this topic, but I am truly impressed by the level of performance the competitors are demonstrating here in Peru. The World Championship is winding down with only two more days of competition and I wish all the competitors the best of luck.”

The Men’s SUP Surfers hit the water first thing in the morning and put on a show. The standout of the day was Aussie Justin Holland with the highest heat score 16.73 and the highest single wave score 9.50 of the whole event defeating Collin McPhillips (USA, 13.13) and Tehotu Wong (TAH, 10.17).

Afterwards, the Women’s SUP Surfers charged the waves, and France’s Caroline Angibaud dominated Heat 2 of the Women’s Repechage 2 with a total heat score of 15.17 taking advantage of the long walls in the water and defeating Karen Jacobson (MEX, 7.7), Takayo Yokoyama (JPN, 4.87), Annette Carsing (DEN, 3.13).

Following the SUP Surfing, the buoys for the SUP Technical Races were set up. In the Men’s SUP Technical Race Heat 1, Dylan Frick (RSA) jumped to a quick start and was leading the pack. Frick, Jamie Mitchell (AUS), and Fernando Stalla (MEX) traded off the lead throughout the heat, but it was Mexico’s Stalla who won Heat 1 with a time of 22:04 followed by Frick 22:09 and Mitchell 22:25.

Today’s SUP Surfing standout, Justin Holland (AUS), earned the highest total heat score of the event with a 16.73, plus the highest single wave score of 9.50. Credit:ISA/ Rommel Gonzales

In the Men’s SUP Technical Race Heat 2, Paul Jackson (NZL), Kelly Margetts (AUS), Casper Steinfath (DEN), and Tamil Martino (PER) were the leaders start to finish in this race.

During a critical buoy turn, Steinfath caught a wave behind the buoy and made the turn while he was already riding high and very deep on an 8 foot wave, which put him in a distinct lead. However, the wave behind took Jackson and Margetts directly to the buoy and placed them right in front of Steinfath. In the end, New Zealand’s Paul Jackson won with a time of 20:17, Margetts in 2nd with a time of 20:34, Martino in 3rd with a time of 20:53 and Steinfath ended up in 4th with a time of 22:07.

The top 12 finalists from each of the Men’s SUP Technical Races advanced to the 24-man final, which will happen during the last day of competition on Saturday.

The Women’s SUP Technical Races were delayed until Friday due to safety concerns.

For a full list of results, visit the results page on the event website- http://isawsuppc.com/results/

Watch the live webcast tomorrow with the daily Morning Show that will feature the charismatic Team Mexico at 7:40am on www.isawsupp.com

Friday, 7:40am Peru
Friday, 4:40am West Coast USA
Friday, 1:40pm Western Europe
Friday, 11:40pm Sydney, Australia
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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, 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).