ISA World Games kick off
The last Olympic surf qualifier – kicked off the competition in spectacular fashion on Sunday on the waves of La Bocana and El Sunzal.
With the men ripping the peaks of La Bocana and the women on the right point break of El Sunzal, a world-class level of surfing has been showcased as surfers try their luck at the 12 open slots of Tokyo 2020 (5 for men). , 7 for women).
Briton Luke Dillon won his first round. Harry Cromwell got a bit of a shock but will be back for the recharge. Irelands G Man came second to Gabe Medina. Stan Norman finished second behind former WCT surfer Aritz Aranbrau, Ireland’s Rory Tuhohy finished second in a blazing Italo with Oisin Campbell reloading third in the same heat.
On the women’s side, Lucy Campbell and Ellie Turner both placed second and advance to the next round, Emily Curry stepped up to the reload. Ireland Grace Doyle and Ayesha Garvey finished third in their heats and are in charge
Defending individual champions Italo Ferreira of Brazil and Sofia Mulanovich of Peru both started their campaign strong. Ferreira rode with fluidity and style on his way to the highest heat total of the day among all surfers with 16.43 points.
Mulanovich, on the other hand, passed his first round of Main Event Round 1 with 13.16 points.
The best performance on the women’s side of the event was rising star and 2017 ISA Junior World Champion Alyssa Spencer (USA), who scored a total of 16 points.
Future Olympians perform, hopes turn to qualification
Surfers who have already secured a provisional qualification for Tokyo 2020 haven’t let go, showing why they’ve earned a spot on the sport’s biggest stage.
Athletes with slots for Tokyo 2020, such as Australian Sally Fitzgibbons, Brazilian Tatiana Weston-Webb and Gabriel Medina, Costa Rica Brisa Hennessy, Peru Daniella Rosas and Lucca Mesinas, Moroccan Ramzi Boukhiam and Portuguese Frederico Morais , to name a few, all went first. place in their heat.
The Olympic hopefuls, who have yet to win their places, have also shown their hunger, inspiration and desire to win their tickets to Tokyo 2020.
Costa Rica’s Noe Mar McGonagle established himself as one of the top Olympic prospects, winning a 16.4 total in the round, the second highest on Sunday. Japan’s Mahina Maeda is also aiming for a slot machine, scoring a solid 12.93 points.
Indonesia’s Rio Waida is another strong contender who is convinced he can qualify for Tokyo. After missing his qualification for the ISA World Surfing Games 2019 in Miyazaki, Japan, Waida realized he was among the best in the world.
“In Miyazaki, I learned that I could do this,” Waida said. “I can qualify. The best surfers were in the 2019 event and I came in ninth place. Once I knew I belonged, I focused on training to prepare for this moment.
“My goal is nothing less than qualifying for the Olympics. It would also be great to make the final and beat the best in the world. This is my dream.”
From stock market to success
One of the wellness stories on the opening day of the competition was an inspiring performance by 16-year-old Genesis Borja, Ecuadorian.
Borja, who was appointed ISA Scholarship Ambassador last year, has received financial support to help her learn and surf. Unable to attend online classes during the pandemic, Borja bought a computer with his prize so he could continue his education remotely. She was also able to upgrade her surf gear, which is already paying off, as she placed first in her round 1 this morning to advance to the second round of the Main Event.
The world beginnings of surfing in Ukraine
Three Ukrainian surfers made history by becoming the first from their country to participate in an ISA World Championship. Anastasiia Temirbek, Iaroslav Dombrovskyi and Vasyl Kordysh all competed in the first round and represented their country with pride.
Ukraine, which recently joined the ISA as the 109th and newest member country, has ambitious goals to develop sport in the country.
“It is a great honor for us to be here to represent our country for the first time in this absolutely incredible event,” said Kordysh. “We are more than delighted.
“It’s amazing to feel all that Olympic spirit, especially for the surfing community in Ukraine. Our participation here will immediately affect the development of surfing in our country. This will encourage more younger generations to take up and experience the sport. This is why we are here, to show them how we can move forward and progress. “
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“What an incredible start to the event. We have seen women and men shred these two incredible peaks today. Today the men took center stage on the webcast, which is in La Bocana, but tomorrow the ladies will have their photos to show off their surf to the world. This is a record number of women attending the event and I can’t wait for the global audience to see the talent they have.
“You can feel the inspiration and desire in the air. With 12 Tokyo 2020 spots up for grabs, these athletes give everything they can – from their preparation to every maneuver they perform.
“It is an honor to receive these 51 nations from the four corners of the globe. We are the United Nations of surfing, bringing the world together in peace, through surfing.
The 2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surf Games will take place from May 29 to June 6. Follow the event with live broadcasts, news, videos, photos, schedules, results and more at www.isasurf.org.