Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games
International Surfing Association
Punta Rocas, Peru
24 October - 1 November 2014
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Day 1 runs 24 heats of men's main event in big surf | espanol
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 October, 2014 - The Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games kicked off with incredible double-overhead waves. The world-class point break of Punta Rocas, Peru, welcomed the 22 National Teams for the first day of competition.
As predicted by Surfline, the official forecaster of the event, the surf ranged from 6-8ft faces with occasional larger sets throughout the day. The winds remained calm and conditions were clean. All the athletes and local fans had their eyes fixed on the line-up awaiting the next set. With the size and power of the waves, the surfers were able to execute a variety of maneuvers and demonstrate strong power surfing with critical turns.
“Finally the first day of competition has arrived! Yesterday we had an incredible Opening Ceremony in downtown Lima, and it was amazing. We went to go visit the Presidential house, it was a day to be remembered,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “This is the ISA’s 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games here in Peru and today was an unforgettable day with big and perfect waves. The people of Peru and all of the fans watching the live webcast around the world, are in for a great show throughout the whole competition.
Hayden Blair © ISA/Tweddle
Day 1 of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games featured 18 heats of Open Men’s Main Event Round 1.
Peruvian surfing star, Cristobal De Col, 2011 ISA World Junior Champion, felt right at home in the big waves at Punta Rocas, and was the top performer of the day. De Col earned a 15.90 total heat, the highest of the day. The Peruvian defeated New Zealand’s Tane Wallis (11.00) and Uruguay’s Segundo Vargas (7.60).
“I had a bad start of my heat because in the first wave my board broke so I had to paddle in to change it. Amazingly, the wave that I surfed to get out, I got a 9. After, with a new board I got a 6.90. The wave is incredible; you just have to know the right place to position yourself. You can surf a lot of good waves and do a lot of maneuvers, but a mistake can take a lot of time.”
“I’m very happy to be part of the team this year, we are very united and I think that this is going to be the key for this event. I like to compete in ISA events, especially this one that is being held at my home and celebrating the ISA’s 50 years.”
The Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games is a double elimination competition, with the first two surfers always advancing to the next round in the Main Event. Surfers in third and fourth place move into the Repechage Round, giving them a second chance to advance. However, another third or fourth place finish, and they will be out of the competition.
Another top performer of the day was Puerto Rico’s Tommy Bursian, who earned the second highest total heat score of 15.50, defeating Australia’s Hayden Blair (13.00), and Switzerland’s Christen Pascal (2.00).
For a full list of today’s results, click here
The Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games resumes tomorrow at 7:40am with The Morning Show hosted by Julien “Vico” Hammel and Mike Latronic with Guests Team Mexico. Following The Morning Show, competition will feature: 6 heats of Open Men’s Main Event Round 1 12 heats of Open Men’s Main Event Round 2.
Here is the scheduled for Day 2: Sunday, 7:40am Punta Rocas, Peru Sunday, 5:40am West Coast USA Sunday, 2:40pm Western Europe/ South Africa Sunday, 9:40pm Tokyo, Japan Sunday, 11:40pm Sydney, Australia Monday, 12:40am Auckland, New Zealand