Perfect Conditions for Day 3 of the El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship
Another historic day of Masters competition with plenty of sun, offshore winds and flawless barreling rights
COMPETITION STARTS BACK UP TODAY AT 8am local time (7am PDT – 10am EDT). Watch it online on www.elsalvadorisawmsc.com
Nine days of rain and stormy weather that caused one of the worst tragedies in the history of El Salvador came to an end with sunny skies and warm weather. The El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship enjoyed an entire day of perfect, long 3-to-5 feet barrels, putting a smile on the faces of all the competitors and locals.
The following heats were held yesterday:
– Qualify Round 2 Grand Kahunas
– Qualify Round 2 Women Masters
– Repechage Round 1 Masters
– Repechage Round 1 Kahunas
– Repechage Round 1 Grand Masters
– Repechage Round 1 Masters
– Repechage Round 1Grand Kahunas
– Repechage Round 2 Women Masters
Two completely different moods dominated the event. The Main Event ended with smiling winners who still have two chances before elimination, while the Repechage rounds consisted of nerve-wracking heats.
The Main Event finalists for the Women Masters and the Grand Kahunas divisions were determined after four impressive heats of elite surfing. Meanwhile, the Repechage ended with the first group of surfers to say goodbye to the event.
Grand Masters Allen Sarlo (USA), Javier Gorbea (PUR), Nick Pearson (AUS) and Chris Knutsen (RSA) won their heats, and are now one step away from the medal in the Main Event final.
A California legend, Sarlo, known as one of the famous Dogtown Z-Boys, was the star surfer of the division. He won another heat and posted the highest combined total of the round, 12.40 (6.00+6.40). “It was so much fun, it’s so good out there,” said Sarlo. “The waves were like 3-to-4 feet, perfect little bowls. I’m so stoked to be on the USA Team with Tom Curren, Jimmy Hogan and Ian Cairns as our coach. All of us are stoked to be in El Salvador at a perfect right-hand point break.”
On the ladies’ side, Layne Beachley (AUS), Andrea Lopes (BRA), Heather Clark (RSA), and Melissa Proud (HAW) were the division standouts again, qualifying for the Winners Bracket finals.
Beachley put on a great display of carvings and barrels, surfing with amazing flow and rhythm to post the highest combined total of the division so far, 14.67 (8.00+6.67). The seven-time World Champion Beachley said after her heat, “I just put more rail in the water. I was actually starting to get really angry with myself because I wasn’t surfing to the best of my ability. Once I got angry I started to surf really hard and the judges rewarded me.”
The Repechage round brought exciting match-ups, with the crowd and fans screaming, wave after wave, for their teammates’ performances. The five divisions in contention hit the water in the “do or die” round and ended with 40 competitors (out of the 124 that started the event) eliminated.
Some surfers had to surf twice. That was the case for Germán Aguirre (PER), who won both of his Repechage match-ups. “It’s a relief to win these two Repechage heats, because now it’s all or nothing so I’m competing with more enthusiasm,” said the Peruvian. “I’ve been feeling very well and happy because I could catch waves that allowed me to do some big turns. My surfing is on the rise and hopefully it continues that way.”
Other standouts in the Repechage rounds were, Che Lovelace (TRI), Mark Richardson (AUS), Carlos Cabrero (PUR), Darren Tatsuno (HAW), Pedro Díaz (VEN), Pierre Fourcade (FRA), Sebastián Galindo (ARG), Eric Graciet (FRA), Craig Schieber (CRI), Gonzalo Madrid (URU), Alissa Cairns (USA) and Andrea Díaz (CRI).
The event will continue today at 8am local time with the following heats:
– Repechage 2 Kahunas
– Repechage 2 Grand Masters
– Repechage 2 Grand Kahunas
– Qualifying 3 Masters
– Qualifying 3 Grand Masters
– Qualifying 3 Kahunas
– Repechage 3 Kahunas
– Repechage 3 Grand Masters
– Repechage 3 Masters
Follow the action live on www.elsalvadorisawmsc.com