May 7, 2013



New Zealand’s Ella Williams, with radical turns like this one, was one of the Open Women’s standouts of the day. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

World’s Best Surfers Show Great Display of Surfing in Santa Catalina’s Small Waves. New Swell on the Way.

Day 3 offered challenging conditions for the world’s best surfers in the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games. The morning’s extreme low tide combined with small waves caused for competition to go into a holding pattern. Once the tide increased, the waves improved and competition started at 11am.

The third day of competition featured Open Women’s Repechage Round 1, Women’s Qualifying Round 2 and Open Men’s Repechage Round 1. The Repechage is do or die. If an athlete places 3rd or 4th in this round, they are out of the competition.

“The competition is now reaching its critical stages when athletes can’t afford to lose or they will go home,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “I have been watching the world best men and women surfers compete in beautiful Santa Catalina on the live webcast all day. If you haven’t been watching, you are missing out. Make sure to stay tuned all week.”

The day opened with the first Repechage Rounds, where the first athletes of competition were eliminated.

In Women’ Repechage, Pamela Verboonen (MEX, 9.33) defeated her rivals Evelin Centeno (SAL, 6.37) and unfortunately sending out of the contest Valentina Vitale (ITA, 4.90).

Following Verboonen’s heat win, her team mate Leila Figueroa (MEX) earned an 8.50 points, defeating the local Malena Toral (PAN, 5.30) and sending home Greta Dalle Luche (ITA, 3.87).

In Women’s Qualifying, Aussie Codie Klein put on a dominant heat win with the highest total heat score of the day earing 16.50 defeating Maria Lucia Cosoleto (ARG, 5.87), Faye Zoetmulder (RSA, 5.44) and Cristina Vargas (ECU, 1.0).

Another great performance was by Ecuadorian Dominic Barona, who earned 14.67 easily defeating Maia Cheer (ARG, 6.37), Thandi Tipene (NZL, 4.50) and Sofia Alonso (URU, 4.00).

To finish the day, the Men’s hit the water. New Zealand’s Billy Stairmand was the stand out, scoring the Men’s highest heat score of 15.00 defeating Amos Rivera (GUA, 8,57), and George Acosta (URU, 8,57).


Billy Stairmand, from New Zealand was one of the day’s top performers earning the day’s highest single wave score of 8.33. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

Another standout was Italy’s Angelo Bonomelli, who earned the highest single wave score of the day of 8.33 in the Men’s Rounds. The Italian defeated Nicolas Vargas (CHI, 10.30) and Sebastian Olarte (URU, 9.60).

For a full list of today’s results, click here-

The 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games resumes tomorrow with a 10am (Panama time) call to assess conditions. The Morning Show, hosted by Chris Ernst will feature New Zealand’s Elle Williams and Sweden’s Freddie Meadows.

Following that, the competition will feature:
Open Men’s Repechage 1 (heats 11-12)
Open Men’s Repechage 2
Open Men’s Repechage Round 3

The live webcast of the entire championship is available on

Here is the scheduled for Day 2:
Sunday, 10am Call Santa Catalina, Panama
Sunday, 8:40am West Coast USA
Sunday, 5:40pm Western Europe/ South Africa
Monday, 2:40am Sydney, Australia
Monday, 3:40am Auckland, New Zealand

About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China, and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013. ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 73 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

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