- 01 July 2011 | Surfing
Surfers are focused. The medals are very near and they will challenge their own skills to shine a light in 2011 ISA World Surfing Games. Playa Venao, in Panama, still manages to pump waves for the do-or-die phase.
There are only 25 surfers in the competition out of the 173 at the beginning of the event. Australia leads the fleet, followed by Brazil, France, South Africa and promising Venezuela.
Ten surfers—four in Longboard, four in Open Men and two in Open Women—made it to the Repechage Round 9 and are now two steps away from the Grand Final.
Santiago Muñiz (ARG), Michael Rodriguez (BRA), Manuel Selman (CHI) and Marco Giorgi (URU) advanced in their Round 8 match-ups and will now face off with the goal of keeping their golden dream alive.
"I’m stoked with this result. I made it with a Brazilian surfer that is an old friend of mine. I beat one of my idols, Jeremy Flores, (FRA) who competes in the World Tour. I’m stoked with that, but now I’ll take it heat by heat", said Muñiz.
”In the Longboard division, Taylor Jensen (USA), Antoine Delpero (FRA), Heifara Tahutini (TAH) and Remy Arauzo (FRA) made it through their rounds and are now two steps away from the podium.
Taylor Jensen was again the best longboarder of the day. After his heat, he commented, "I’ve been trying to get busy. I can’t afford to lose. If I lose I’m out. When you move on towards the end of any event everything’s critical, so you have to step up your game every heat."
In the Women’s division, Silvana Lima was the absolute standout; she won her two heats with excellent combined scores (19.40 and 16.94 respectively). "Today was a great day for me. I surfed the heat pretty well and my board feels great," said Lima. "I really wanted to do an aerial on that wave, and I pulled it off. The score I got goes to all the Brazilian people."
Tomorrow, the Aloha Cup (Tag Team) competition will take place immediately following the rescheduled Open Women’s heat.