- 28 June 2011 | Surfing
Perfect barreling waves greeted surfers of the 2011 ISA World Surfing Games, at Panama’s Playa Venao, in the third day of competition. Now, all of the 27 countries registered in the event have a minimum of one surfer in jeopardy of elimination in the repechage.
With the Men's Main Event Round 3 completed, the 12 surfers who advanced, and who are now three steps away from the big final are: Thomas Wood (AUS), Ian Gouveia (BRA), Dylan Southworth (MEX), Michael Campbell (AUS), Santiago Muniz (ARG), Klee Strachan (RSA), Marco Giorgi (URU), Luis Iturria (URU), Drew Courtney (AUS), Rafael Pereira (VEN), Martín Passeri (ARG) and Manuel Selman (CHI).
Australia is currently the country with the highest number of surfers in the main event, with seven of their team members still on the fast track to the final. For the second day in a row, Team Uruguay pulled off big wins in the Open Men division. In a stacked heat, Luis Iturria (URU) advanced in first and Diego Cadena (MEX) placed second.
"I've been feeling pretty good about my surfing," said Iturria. "We had really tough opponents but we made it through. I’m concentrating on my surfing and on the waves. I’m trying my best to take Uruguay furtherin the Games."
In the Women’s division, Silvana Lima (BRA) was the absolute standout. She posted a combined score of 16.67 (8.50+817) to beat Paige Hareb (NZL, 2nd), Tanika Hoffman (RSA, 3rd) and Pamela Verboonen (MEX, 4th).
"I feel verycomfortable in this competition and I just want to surf well,” said Lima. “My board is really good and I am eager to improve, to score nines and eights. No matter who I face in the water, I just want to surf well and rip it."
Two-time ISA World Champion Longboarder Matthew Moir had another great day, posting a combined of 12.00 (6.17+5.83) to beat Martín Pérez (ARG, 2nd), Cristian Santamaría (CRC, 3rd) and Matt Cockayne (NZL, 4th).
"I caught two good ones and made it through. The waves here are really fun, good for competitive surfing, and the beach is beautiful. The surfers from the South American countries have obviously improved over the years", he added.