International Surfing Association
Santa Catalina, Panama
4 - 12 May 2013
Williams Into Last Six At World Surfing Games In Panama
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 May, 2013 : - - New Zealand surfer Ella Williams (WGM) has surfed her way into the top six surfers at the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games being held at Santa Catalina, Panama.
Williams surfed two heats this morning (Sunday 11th May) advancing through to the final six surfers in conditions that remain small and challenging. Williams is the last of six Quiksilver New Zealand Surfing Team members alive at the event going into the final day of action which starts at 1:00am Monday 13th May (New Zealand time).
In her final heat of the day, Williams found herself pitted against the Australian duo of Dimity Stoyle and Codie Klein. Williams won the low scoring heat finishing with 7.23 points to advance alongside Stoyle (7.10) with Klein finishing in third (3.56) and moving to the repechage round.
"I am just really excited" exclaimed Williams post heat. "I went into the heat with two Aussies and it was a big ask to beat them but I wanted to surf well and I got those two waves which allowed me to win" added Williams.
"I am on a high, so stoked right now" said Williams who will face off against Stoyle as well as Anali Gomez (PER) and Suelen Naraisa (BRA) in the Qualifying Semifinal. A win in this heat will see her contest the Grand Final. A loss will push her back into the repechage semifinal where she will have a further opportunity to make the Grand Final.
Today's heat started out slowly with the incoming tide killing the less than 1.0m swell with onshore winds continuing to affect surface conditions.
Appearing to be stuck between the two Australian surfers, Williams managed to navigate her way out of the situation to get the first decent scoring ride - a 4.33 point ride. It was a wave that she rode all the way to the inside of the right hand point break, pushing through flat sections and doing turns where she could.
The wave was enough to put Williams into first place and reduce the strategic upper hand the Australians had.
Stoyle answered back to Williams' wave scoring a 6.0 point ride and pushing Williams into second. But it was Williams who looked the hungriest of the three for progression, keeping busy and eventually scoring another 2.9 point ride to take the lead back and advance through the heat.
"You have to make the most of any wave you get and link it through to the inside where possible. The waves are fickle and challenging and you just have to run with what you can get" said Williams of her performance.
New Zealand was languishing in 14th place after day six of competition but the surfing of Williams will have helped the Quiksilver New Zealand Surfing Team on the penultimate day of the event.
The 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games are being held at Playa Santa Catalina in Panama from the 4th - 12th May. Over 120 surfers from 24 countries are competing at the event in 2013. You can watch the final day of surfing live via the event website. Action takes place from approximately 1:00am New Zealand time each morning.
Open Women's Qualifying Round 3
Heat 3 1, 14.00, Suelen Naraisa, BRA, 2, 10.33, Ella Williams, NZL, 3, 3.46, Kelly Ann Laide, PUR, 4, 2.80, Maria Lucia Cosoleto, ARG
Open Women's Qualifying Round 4
Heat 2 1, 7.23, Ella Williams, NZL, 2, 7.10, Dimity Stoyle, AUS, 3, 3.56, Codie Klein, AUS
Open Women's Qualifying Semifinal
Anali Gomez, PER, Dimity Stoyle, AUS, Ella Williams, NZL, Suelen Naraisa, BRA
The New Zealand team finished ninth out of 27 nations at the 2011 edition of the biennial event when it was also held at Panama. Australia claimed the gold medal. Paige Hareb (Tara) was the highest placed surfer finishing seventh.
Source: Surfing New Zealand
Author: Ben Kennings
Tags: International Surfing Association, World Surfing Games, New Zealand