Gilberth Brown (Costa Rica) : photo courtesy ISA
Lost Energy Drink ISA World Surfing Games
International Surfing Association
Huntington Beach, California
14 - 22 October 2006
COSTA RICAS GILBERT BROWN HAS OUTSTANDING DAY AT WORLD SURFING GAMES
DESPITE ELIMINATION OF DIEGO NARANJO, NINO MYRIE, LUIS VINDAS, LISBETH VINDAS
TICO POWER SURFING MOVES COSTA RICA INTO THE PROVISIONAL SEVENTH PLACE POSITION
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 October, 2006 : - - Huntington Beach, California - The International Surfing Association calls Costa Rica a power country here at the 2006 Lost Energy Drink International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Games (WSG) in Huntington Beach. Thats because on this sixth day of the Olympics of Surfing, every Tico competitor was still fighting and surfing with furious determination to win.
Going down to the last wave and buzzer for their country, Diego Naranjo, Nino Myrie, Luis Vindas and Lisbeth Vindas were eventually eliminated from competition this afternoon in their respective Repercharge heats.
Gilbert Brown, however, is still alive and was recognized by the announcer this afternoon as the surprise of the World Surfing Games as he entered the water for his third heat of the dayafter passing two other Repercharge Rounds. The accolades were for the Puerto Viejo surfers demonstration of tremendous control, amongst a field of the highest level of international challengers.
Gilbert did not disappoint. He came out of the water 20 minutes later with the win, with 2nd place going to Gavin Roberts (South Africa), 3rd place was Joan Duru (France) and 4th Alan Stokes (UK). Mid-morning, the dreaded man rose up again to 1st place; Frances Romain Laulhe was 2nd, Brazils Wiggolly Dantas was 3rd and Puerto Ricos William Sue-a-Quan came in 4th.
At 8:00 a.m. PDT, Brown managed to find enough open faces at high tide, in the closed out 4- to 5-foot waves, to earn the top spot, 1st place in his first heat of the day against New Zealands A.J. Mathews in 2nd, Tahitis Teiva Mare in 3rd and Argentinas Maximiliano Siri in 4th.
This early heat followed a heart-attack Repercharge session featuring Nino Myrie covering territory between the pier to the orange floating marker, where it came down to the last minutes to attempt, and make enough maneuvers to earn a score that would leapfrog him to 2nd behind Frances Romain Laulhe. Upon exiting the water, Myrie suffered a stomach cramp for a few minutes, but regrouped. In his later heat, this Puerto Viejo surfer did not executive enough against tough competitors Chris Ward (USA) who placed 1st, and Gavin Roberts (South Africa) who came in 2nd and A.J. Mathews (New Zealand) who secured 3rd place.
As with yesterday, Naranjo did double duty in Longboard and Open. Unfortunately, in Area 2, during his Longboard Heat for Repercharge 3, Diego suffered bad luck while taking off on what he called the best wave of the heat as a local surfer did the same, interfered with him and became belligerent. This interaction went on for a few minutes before the Huntington Lifeguards verbally intervened. By then, Naranjo says, his rhythm was off. He still came in 3rd place. Brazils Phil Rajzman was the winner and Mexicos José Manuel Cano took 2nd place, with Venezuelas Gehrard Wilheim in 4th.
A little while later, this Jaco surfer was in Area 1 for Open Repercharge 6 on his shortboard, searching through the closeouts for a little peak or face. Naranjo fell to 4th with Sebastian Zietz of Hawaii winning 1st place, currently ranked #22 on the World Championship Tours C.J. Hobgood of US in 2nd place and Sam Lamiroy in 3rd place.
One of the most exciting heats of the contest was Repercharge 5 of the Open in which Luis Vindas (Jaco) surfed against South Africas Jordy Smith, Hawaiis Alex Smith and the ever-present C.J. Hobgood. This stunner included Vindas patiently waiting for a good, surfable wave from which to launch an exciting, high scoring air, while C.J. wracked up points destroying wave after wave. Then, Smith performed a breathtaking Superman aerial maneuver lifting his feet from the board, placing them down again, for a 9.77 score that gave him the top 1st place prize. Hobgood was 2nd. Vindas was 3rd and eliminated. Smith came in 4th.
Luis sister Lisbeth, finished up her WSG appearance today with two showings. The first this morning, found the Jaco native at the top of the heap in 1st, followed by the UKs Robyn Davies in 2nd, Venezuelas Maria Eugenia Rojas in 3rd and Chiles Sofia Borquez in 4th. Conditions in the water were tougher in the afternoon, and Vindas could not find enough open face in the lower tide close outs to improve past 4th place in her Round 4 Repercharge. Diana de Souza of Brazil won, with Tamlynne Smith of South Africa in 2nd place and Ornella Pellizari of Italy in 4th place.
At the end of the day, Costa Rica had surfed well enough as a team so far in these 6 days, to have earned a 7th place provisional ranking among the 33 countries in the World Surfing Games. Additionally, the Tico country has the best results to this point among the Latin American nations. Australia is currently ranked #1 in the WSG.
Tomorrow, Gilbert Brown will surf his next Open heat, at Area 1 sometime after 7:00 a.m. PDT. He will face ISA Junior World Champion Julian Wilson (Australia), Sebastian Zietz (Hawaii) and Diego Cadena (Mexico).
MEET GILBERT BROWN:
Gilbert Brown: OPEN 23 year old with 14 years experience from Puerto Viejo; favorite wave is Salsa Brava; 2001-02 Costa Rican National Surf Champion. Sponsors: Quiksilver, Adrenalina TV, DVS
For more information about the Federacion de Surf de Costa Rica go to www.surfingcr.net
Team Costa Rica: www.surfingcr.com
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