Tane Wallis Stars For the New Zealand Surfing Team In Peru
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 October, 2014 - Piha surfer Tane Wallis has progressed through to the third round of the 2014 ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games overnight as the best preforming male surfer in the New Zealand Surfing Team to date.
The first two days of the event have been held in pumping waves at Punta Rocas, Peru with over 2.0m of swell and next to no wind making conditions excellent for high performance surfing. Wallis surfed to a comprehensive win in the second round posting 11.33 out of a possible 20 points to win out over surfers from Ecuador, South Africa and Argentina.
The big waves have suited Wallis who is one of the tallest surfers competing at the event. He has used his lanky frame to complete big power carves and critical surfing that has impressed those in attendance. Wallis is likely to contest his third round match up in the round of 24 overnight tonight. He faces surfers from Costa Rica, Mexico and Chile as he makes a tilt at progressing deep into the late stages of the event.
After a good first round result, the older of the Wallis brothers Zen suffered a close loss in his second round match up finishing third
Wallis rode only the required two waves in his heat and finished with a 9.47 point heat total compared to Muniz’ 9.94 and finished in third place. As a result of the loss, Wallis will now contest the reperchage rounds. All surfers at the event get two ‘lives’ in the reperchage format before being completely eliminated from the event.
Joining Wallis in the reperchage rounds is Sean Dillon (Tara) and JC Susan (Otago) who both placed fourth in their heats today after progressing through their first round match ups. Yet to surf in the event is Grace Spiers (WGM), the lone female Kiwi surfer. Spiers will be in action in the first heat of day three where she will face surfers from Australia, Chile and Columbia.
Zen Wallis, Sean Dillon and JC Susan will have a rest day before they get back in the water on Day 4.