May 6, 2013



South Africa’s Shaun Joubert, with this critical air, earned a 9.87 on this wave advancing to the next round of competition. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

Australia’s Dimity Stoyle Earned the First Perfect 10 of the Championship

Day 2 offered smaller surf than yesterday’s picture-perfect waves and with clean conditions at the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games in Playa Santa Catalina, Panama.

Round 2 of the Open Men’s Qualifying and the Opening Round of the Open Women’s were on the schedule.

“The performance level from the world’s best men and women was great today,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “The camaraderie between all the National Teams and the local Panamanians has created a great vibe amongst the surfing tribe. With tropical air and water temperatures, Santa Catalina is a surfer’s dreamland. Stay tuned all week and don’t miss a minute of the live webcast. And if you can’t, just log in and watch the photo albums and the video highlights, capturing the essence of this incredible event.”

In the Open Men’s, Australia’s Thomas Woods, once again, was the standout of the day, posting the highest total heat score of 16.47. The smaller conditions suited his powerful surfing style and aerial maneuvers. Woods defeated Davey Brand (RSA, 12.66), while Lucas Santamaria (ARG, 11.54) and Miguel Tudela (PER, 9.20) fell into the Repechage Round.

In a high scoring affair and heat of the day, Mexico’s Adrian Gonzales (16.00) narrowly defeated South Africa’s Shaun Joubert (15.70), sending Wade Carmichael (AUS, 8.50) and Carlos Goncalves (ECU, 4.14) into the Repechage.

Other Men’s standouts were Brazil’s Alan Johnes, who had the second highest heat score of the day, 16.33, as well as local surfer Jean Carlos “Oli” Gonzales, who earned a 14.66, making Panama proud as he advanced to the next Qualifying Round.


Team Panama celebrating after Jean Carlos “Oli” Gonzales’ win, helping keep the team spirit alive. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

On the Women’s side, Australia’s Dimity Stoyle, Copper Medalist from the 2011 ISA World Surfing Games, had the first perfect 10 of the competition, while posting the day’s highest heat score, 17.67. Stoyle was dominant in her win over Sofia Alonso (URU, 6.10) and Evelin Centeno (SAL, 6.10).

Other standouts were Ecuador’s Dominic Barona and New Zealand’s Ella Williams. Barona, with a 14.50 total heat score, defeated Valeria Sole (PER, 11.87) and Nao Omura (JPN, 11.50). Williams had a dominating performance with a total heat score of 14.33, defeating Faye Zoetmulder (RSA, 8.60), and sending into the Repechage Leah Oke (CAN, 5.93) and Greta Dalle Luche (ITA, 4.10).

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

The 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games resumes tomorrow at 7:40am (Panama time) with The Morning Show hosted by Otto Flores. His guest will be Costa Rica’s Gilbert Brown and Peru’s Valeria Sole.

Following that, the competition will feature:
Open Women’s Repechage Round 1
Open Women’s Qualifying Round 2
Open Men’s Repechage Round 1

The live webcast of the entire championship is available on

Here is the scheduled for Day 2:
Sunday, 7:40am Santa Catalina, Panama
Sunday, 5:40am West Coast USA
Sunday, 2:40pm Western Europe/ South Africa
Sunday, 11:40pm Sydney, Australia
Monday, 12:40am 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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