The South African surfing team leads in the provisional standings heading into Day 6 of the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games in Panama and is now the only country with all six team members still in contention for medals at the event known as the ‘Olympics of Surfing’.
After a full day of action in inconsistent waist to chest high waves yesterday, team captain Shaun Joubert and Kommetjie’s Davey Brand posted hard fought second place finishes in the their Round 3 heats to remain in the Men’s qualifying stream.
Tanika Hoffman and Faye Zoetmulder won their Women’s repercharge Round 2 heats and will be up against each other Round 3. Mikey February and David van Zyl, who dropped into the repercharge rounds after placing third and fourth respectively in their Round 3 heats, both then safely progressed to Men’s repercharge Round 5.
Van Zyl, who occupied fourth spot at one stage in his repercharge heat, kept active and eventually earned a 3.17 that moved him into second place ahead of Gabriel Villaran, who was the first Peruvian to be eliminated from the event, giving Team SA sole possession of the rankings lead.
Hoffman produced a couple of five point rides to eke out a narrow heat victory over Nao Omura (Japan) with a heat tally of 11.53, the highest women’s total of the day.
Small waves and extreme tides continue to delay the start of each day’s competition at Santa Catalina. Today’s action is scheduled to get underway at 12noon (7pm SA time), conditions permitting, and all six SA team members will be competing.
Reef ISA World Surfing Games (Santa Catalina, Panama)
Schedule for Day 6 (SA surfers in brackets)
Men repercharge R4 ( Heat # 6)
Women repercharge R3 (Tanika Hoffman & Faye Zoetmulder – Heat 1)
Men qualify R4 (Davey Brand – Heat 1, Shaun Joubert – H2)
Women qualify R3
Men repercharge R5 (Davey van Zyl – Heat 1, Mikey February – H2)
Women repercharge R4 (TBD)
Men repercharge R6 (TBD)
All the action can be followed live via webcast at www.isawsg.com Today’s webcast begins with the Morning Show at 6.10pm (SA time) followed by competition starting when the conditions are suitable.
The 2013 South African surfing team has been provided with kit by RVCA.
Surfing South Africa (SSA) is the recognized governing body for the sport in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA)
1. Shaun Joubert boosts an aerial to remain in the Men’s qualifying stream going into Day 6 of the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games in Panama
2. Tanika Hoffman carves off the top of a wave on her way to the highest women’s heat tally on Day 5
Photos: ISA / Tweddle