Hello, crisis time!
The pressure rose a bit on day 7 in the ISA World Surfing Games 2022.
Friday (Sep 23) in Huntington Beach, Calif. required a lot of patience as the waves were few and far between at times. But when they arrived they did not disappoint.
We repeatedly saw how one wave could make or break a surfer’s day, moving them to the next round or ending their competition.
To add to the drama, we are closing in on the first two Paris 2024 slots to be awarded.
Heading into the final day of competition, the US and Indonesia are the top contenders for the men’s national berth, followed by Japan, Portugal and Australia, who still have mathematical chances.
For the women’s national team quota for the next Olympic Games, Australia is in the lead, closely followed by Portugal. The United States, France and Germany are also in the mix, but they will need big performances and other results to go their way.
Read on for a recap of Friday’s action, highlights and full replays of how Day 7 unfolded, as we paint the picture for Saturday’s finals where everything will be decided.
To see history being made, ahead of the second Olympics of surfing, watch the action live on Olympics.com.
Time of day: Baker puts clinic
Australia jackson baker was one of the stars of the morning with an incredible performance in the repechage round 10 series 1.
against Brazil miguel pupo and Indonesia’s Rio Waida, Baker kicked off the heat with an impressive 9.57 run in the first minute.
Three minutes later he scored another solid score of 6.83 to secure the series win.
Considering the waves on offer, his two waves were certainly worthy of the win.
It caught our attention: Aloha Cup
Imagine combining surfing with the 100m relay, that’s the Aloha Cup.
After two semi-finals, the US team, Portugal, Argentina and France were the teams in the final. Each team had two men and two women.
One team member starts the heat for each team, and their best two waves count towards the team’s heat total. They run back to the beach to tag their teammate, who then enters the waves to change to impress. Each team is allowed a maximum of three waves per athlete.
From the first moment, France dominated and did not give up the lead. The next Olympic hosts took the win followed by Team USA in silver. Their continued success is a promising statement as they prepare to host the 2024 Paris Games.
September 16 – 24
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As It Happened: Day Seven at the 2022 ISA World Surfing Games
The Women’s Super Series (Main Round, Heat 1) from the Defending ISA World Surfing Games Champion Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Daniela Rosas (BY), teresa bonvalot (BY) and yolanda hopkins (POR) lived up to expectations.
Bonvalot’s score of 5.83 was just what he was looking for and he followed up with a 3.33 in rough conditions. Hopkins was given an interference penalty and therefore the second wave from him did not count. While Fitzgibbons couldn’t get a second wave, Rosas got the score he needed (3.23, in addition to his 1.00) in the closing seconds of the heat to finish second and move on.
For men, Indonesian Ketut Agus He has continued his remarkable streak. Facing Olympian Kolohe Andino (USA) and 2022 WSL Rookie of the Year samuel pupo (BRA), the 21-year-old held his ground to finish second in playoff series 2 behind Andino and will continue his run on Saturday.
Forecast: Day Eight Action and Weather
Saturday is the day of the finals and the stakes are high.
The swell will be similar to what we have seen in previous days: Small and clean with light winds in the morning.
Keep an eye out for Rio Waida and Agus in the men’s repechage tie 11. The Indonesians will be hungry to keep their Olympic quota hopes alive, but will need to get past an in-form Baker and Andino.
The men’s main round sees Igarashi (JPN), Lucca Messinas (PER), and nat young (US) assume William Fonseca (BY).
The Portuguese has surprised many and is definitely one to watch out for.
In the women’s draw, Bonvalot has been in good form, but will face stiff competition from Kirra Pinkerton who is eager to make her mark on Team USA. Paulina Ado (FRA) and Daniella Rosas (PER) should not be underestimated either.
Fitzgibbons and Sophie McCulloch will continue to battle for Australia while Hopkins will try to keep Portugal’s dream alive, as will Rachel Presti for Germany.
You won’t want to miss the action on Saturday, when the two Olympic berths for Paris 2024 will be decided. Watch it all live on Olympics.com.