ISA Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival
Hainan Classic ASP WQS Men's 4-Star
Riyue Bay Wanning, Hainan Island China
23 - 28 November, 2014
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Leilani McGonagle the only woman to compete in the Men's 4-Star
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 November, 2014 - Wanning, Hainan Island, China - The third day of the ISA’s Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival marked the start of the Hainan Classic, Men’s 4-Star ASP Qualifying Series event. Day One of the competition took place at the picturesque left point break at Riyue Bay with challenging surfing conditions.
The international field of surfers from 16 countries managed to showcase their high performance abilities despite the difficult conditions.
The surf dropped further compared to the conditions during the ISA China Cup. As predicted by Surfline, the official forecaster of the event, a small fading ENE windswell provided 2-3ft surf during the favorable morning low tide. However, as the tide rose during the first half of the day, conditions deteriorated with surf in the 1-2ft range. Weather conditions remained favorable with offshore winds in the morning and calm winds during the afternoon.
China’s Zhou Qiu © ISA/Rommel Gonzales
“Today was a challenging day of surf conditions for all of the athletes, but I am very pleased with the level of skill and ability to show high performance surfing on the left point at Riyue Bay,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “I’m amazed to see how much the Chinese surfers have improved in just two years since the ISA first came to China. Good luck to all of the competitors in the final days of the Hainan Classic.”
The standouts of the day were Renato Galvao (BRA), who had the highest combined heat score of the day totaling 14.16. Takumi Yasui (JPN) scored the second best total score of 13.63 and Michael February (RSA) scored the third best with a total of 13.00. Japan’s Takumi Yasui had the highest single ride score of the day, earning an 8.83.
The Chinese surfers continue to show their presence in the International Surfing Festival. There were 12 Chinese surfers that entered the competition, but after the day concluded, none remain in the competition.
Brazil’s Renato Galvao © ISA/Rommel Gonzales
Costa Rica’s Leilani McGonagle, who won the Copper Medal in the ISA China Cup on Monday, was the only woman to compete in the Hainan Classic. McGonagle automatically advanced to Round 2 due to her seeding and faced Portugal’s Miguel Blanco, South Africa’s Dylan Lightfoot and Australia’s Tim McDonald. The Costa Rican was in 2nd with only a couple of minutes remaining, but unfortunately was overtaken by the South African.
Day 1 saw the completion of 4 Heats of Round 1, 16 heats of Round 2 and 4 Heats of Round 3. Tomorrow the call will be at 8:00am for a possible 8:30am start. For Day 2 of the Hainan Classic, the swell is expected to continue to fade with 1-2ft surf in the knee to thigh high range with occasional waist high sets.