The team finished one place higher than their 2013 campaign
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 31 October, 2014 - The New Zealand Surfing Team has finished eleventh at the 2014 Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru. Dunedin surfer JC Susan was the last Kiwi surfer remaining in the event early this morning but bowed out of the Open Men’s Division finishing 16th overall.
The surf remained in the 1.5m range for day six of the event with clean conditions although a little less consistent than previous days.
Susan faced off against Michael February (ZAF), Cristobal de Col (PER) and Guillermo Satt (CHI) in his sixth round match up with the surfers finishing first through fourth in that order.
“Yeah overall I'm stoked with the result, I would have liked to go the whole way but I made it through a bunch of ‘repo’ heats after getting knocked from the main round so I am stoked on that” said Susan who was more disappointed about his heat performance today.
“Pretty gutted on my last heat, just no waves came through where I was, it was an extremely slow heat” said Susan. “There were two bomb waves that came through five seconds before the heat started right where I was sitting and then it went flat for the rest of the heat and I needed a six or something to advance and just couldn't find a wave. I just couldn't get much going” explained Susan.
Susan finished with a 6.3 point heat total.
The team has finished one place higher than their 2013 campaign. With two days remaining in the event, all eyes are on the battle between host nation Peru who are leading the team points and Australia who follow close behind in second place.
Please see below for New Zealand results from day six of the 2014 ISA 50th Anniversary Claro World Surfing Games being held at Punta Rocas, Peru from the 24th October – 1st November.
Open Men’s Repechage Round 6
Michael February, RSA, 12.1, 1, Cristobal de Col, PER, 11.07, 2, Guillermo Satt, CHI, 7.73, 3, JC Susan, NZL, 6.3, 4
Team Standings (with two days remaining)
4th South Africa
5th Costa Rica
9th Puerto Rico
11th New Zealand
Overall New Zealand Surfing Team Results
Open Men’s Division
16th JC Susan (Otago)
22nd Tane Wallis (Piha)
25th Zen Wallis (Piha)
37th Sean Dillon (Tara)
Open Women’s Division
17th Grace Spiers
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.