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Kiwi Grace Spiers lights up the ISA World Games

Grace Spiers © Michael Tweddle
Grace Spiers © Michael Tweddle





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Spiers posted a 13.5 point heat total defeating surfers from around the globe

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 October, 2014 - After watching her Kiwi team mates compete on the first two days of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games, Grace Spiers (WGM) got the chance to enter the water herself early on day three (Tuesday morning New Zealand time) coming up with a first-rate heat win to advance to the second round. 

The New Zealand Surfing Team is competing at the ISA 50th Anniversary Claro World Surfing Games being held at Punta Rocas, Peru.  Twenty two countries are taking part in the event which runs from the 24th October – 1st November.

The surf has been remarkable for the first three days of the event with waves in excess of 2.0m each day and lack of wind making surface conditions perfect on the predominant righthand point break. 

Spiers posted a 13.5 point heat total out of a possible 20 points to defeat surfers from Australia Chile and Columbia this morning.  Her progression never looked in doubt after surfing to a heat-high 7.67 point ride early in the heat.  She eventually progressed in first place alongside Jessica Grimwood of Australia who placed second.

“I've just been watching the conditions and going for free surfs making sure I stayed relaxed over the last two days” commented Spiers post heat about her long lead in time.  But she admitted “nerves still snuck up” on her this morning before she entered the water.

“The surf is really fun and it was awesome to have the line-up with just three other people out. I felt really good about my heat strategy and choice of waves as well” added Spiers.

The New Zealand Team are benefitting from their centrally located base which is right behind the event site.  This has allowed their full attention to be given to the surf break from the comforts of their accommodation which opens out onto the sand.  “It's good to compete as a team, everyone is just cruising and being supportive so it's a nice environment to be around. We're so lucky with the place were staying in” said Spiers of the team’s surrounds.

The other Kiwi in action today was Tane Wallis (Piha) who’s run of exceptional heat performances came to an end after placing third in his heat and being pushed into the reperchage rounds.  

Wallis finished with a 9.56 point heat total and only needed an average scoring 5.65 point ride to progress through the heat but came up short to surfers from Costa Rica and Mexico.

Tane Wallis along with Spiers will have a lay day on day 4.  Team mates Sean Dillon (Tara), JC Susan (Otago) and Zen Wallis (Piha) be in action contesting Reperchage Rounds 2 and 3 which will be contested from 2:00am New Zealand time on Wednesday morning.

Open Men’s Qualifying Round 3
Heat 1
Anthony Fillingim, CRI, 16.36, 1, Diego Cadena, MEX, 10.47, 2, Tane Wallis, NZL, 9.56, 3, Tristan Arcardi, CHI, 7.03, 4

Open Women’s Qualifying Round 1
Heat 1
Jessica Grimwood, AUS, 11.96, 2, Lorena Fica, CHI, 9.8, 3, Grace Spiers, NZL, 13.5, 1, Margarita Conde, COL, 2.5, 4

Open Women’s Qualifying Round 2 (yet to be surfed)
Heat 1
Grace Spiers, NZL, Josefina Ane, ARG, Leilani Mc Gonagle, CRI, Cristina Vargas, ECU,

Open Men’s Reperchage Round 2
Heat 1
Sebastian Olarte, URU, Sean Dillon, NZL, Otis Carey, AUS, Christen Pascal, SWI 
Heat 10
Zen Wallis, NZL, Hector Soto, MEX, Philip Mappes, SWI, Mohammad Rahma, DUB
Heat 12
Gilberth Brown, CRI, JC Susan, NZL, Lucas Madrid, URU, Benedek Sarkany, SWI

Twenty two countries are represented at the event this year.  South Africa claimed the gold medal from 23 other countries in 2013 when the event was held in Panama.  Ella Williams was the highest placed Kiwi finishing fourth in the Open Women’s Division.  The New Zealand Team finished 12th at the event.

Ben Kennings

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