Team SA retains rankings lead heading into penultimate day of ISA World Surfing Games in Panama
South Africa retains the lead in the provisional rankings for the team title as they head into the penultimate day of the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games in Panama with all four members in action yesterday progressing to the next round in their respective divisions.
A revised schedule due to a late start caused by onshore winds, small waves and a low tide saw only two rounds of repercharge heats run with Tanika Hoffman and Faye Zoetmulder securing first and second places in their Round 3 heat while Mikey February and David van Zyl both won their Round 5 encounters.
Hoffman was the standout of the Women’s competition, racking up a heat total of 15.27 out of 20 with rides of 8.0 and 7.27 to finish 2.54 points ahead of Zoetmulder as the pair eliminated Pamela Verboonen (Mexico) and Malena Toral (Panama) from the event.
February was just as dominant in his clash, earning scores of 8.17 and 7.0 as he left Russell Molony (Australia) needed a near perfect 9.0 for the heat victory. David van Zyl ground out a narrow win over Brazilian standout Ruda Carvalho with a pair of five point rides in the tricky surf and the pair eliminated Gilbert Brown (Costa Rica) which helped to extend SA’s lead in the team standings.
With all six team members still in contention, Team SA now has a significant lead ahead of second placed Brazil who had one of the four men eliminated early in the event. Defending champions Australia, with two men eliminated, have overtaken Peru and Costa Rica to move into third place.
The team accumulating the highest points total wins gold medals along with the Fernando Aguerre World Team Champion Trophy, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President’s Trophy and the “Copa V Centenario Del Descubrimiento Del Oceano Pacifico,” or 5th Century Cup of the Discovery of the Pacific Ocean.
The top seven nations also qualify to compete in the ISA China Cup, the ISA’s signature event that is held annually in January on Hainan Island in the South China Sea.
The event got underway at 2pm SA time today with Shaun Joubert advancing to the last six in the Men’s qualifying stream when he finished second behind Cristobol de Col (Peru) in a low-scoring clash in the tiny waves.
Davey Brand finished third in his qualifying Round 4 heat and joins teammate David van Zyl in Heat 1 of repercharge Round 6 where they will be hoping to oust their opponents from Costa Rica and Australia.
Reef ISA World Surfing Games (Santa Catalina, Panama)
Schedule for Day 7 (SA surfers in brackets)
Open Men’s Qualifying Round 4 (Davey Brand – Heat 1, Shaun Joubert – H2)
Open Women’s Qualifying Round 3
Open Women’s Repercharge Round 4 (Tanika Hoffman – Heat 1, Faye Zoetmulder – H2)
Open Men’s Repercharge 6 (Davey Brand & David van Zyl – Heat 1, Mikey February – H3)
Open Men’s Qualifying Round 5 (Shaun Joubert – Heat 1)
Open Women’s Qualifying 4
Open Women’s Repercharge Round 5 (TBD)
Open Men’s Repercharge 7 (TBD)
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. Mikey February takes to the air while posting the men’s highest heat total of Day 6 of the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games in Panama yesterday
2. Tanika Hoffman carves of the top of a wave on her way to the highest women’s heat tally on Day 6
Photos: ISA / Rommel Gonzales