Big Performances in Huntington Beach for Day 4 of ISA World Surfing Games

September 20th, 2022

Igarashi, Pupo Brothers and Fitzgibbons all thrown down dominant performances in the race for gold

Cherif Fall takes Senegal to new heights

Massive public premiere for The Impossible Wave

Huntington Beach, USA – September 20th 2022

The world’s best surfers provided some dominant performances in dream conditions on day four today of the ISA World Surfing Games (WSG).

Tokyo 2020 silver medalist and current world number 5 Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) took out both the highest single wave score (8.87) and highest heat total of the day (16.17) in separate heats without breaking a sweat.

Meanwhile, Igarashi’s teammate Shino Matsuda (JPN) blitzed the field in Repechage Round 2, collecting the highest numbers out of the women’s heats surfed today (8.50 + 7.77 = 16.27).

Outstanding performances also came from Nala Lee (KOR) and three-time ISA WSG gold medalist Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS).

Sally Fitzgibbons - Australia. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

Pupo Brothers push the boundaries

Two of the most intense heats of the day were won by 2022 Outerknown Tahiti Pro champion Miguel Pupo (BRA).

Main Round 3, Heat 8 could have been a final, with Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Frederico Morais (POR) and Keanu Kamiyama (JPN) going blow for blow, claim for claim against the elder Pupo.

Then in the final heat of the day, Main Round 4, Heat 6, Miguel’s younger brother, Samuel Pupo (BRA), was leading till the last minute when Miguel inverted a full rotation tail high reverse to take the win.

As the top seed from Brazil, the elder Pupo is feeling the pressure of what is at stake in this event.

“I don’t really think about (beating Samuel),” Miguel said. “We’re going for the spot in the Olympics and I know we’ll have to make a lot of heats. I’ve trained the whole year for that so I’m ready.”

Cherif Fall takes Senegal to new heights

The first heat of the day provided Senegal with their best ever result at the ISA World Surfing Games. Using his full 6’6” of height, Cherif Fall made his nation proud with a buzzer beater that lit up the beach.

“I’m so happy to get the last wave and do my reverse air. I’m so stoked, I don’t believe that. It’s my best result in the World Surfing Games,” he said.

Massive public debut for The Impossible Wave

A huge crowd gathered for the premiere of the new film, “The Impossible Wave” on Tuesday evening, including industry leaders like Florence Marine X President Pat O’Connell, Evan Slater and Jeff Booth.

The film documents the incredible story of surfing’s journey into the Olympics, and Fernando Aguerre’s 27 year paddle to catch the impossible wave, the Olympic Wave.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

“As we progress deeper into the elimination rounds tomorrow, I’m so excited to see which teams will be able to stay on top in the race for the all-important Olympic positions.”

“The first public premiere of “The Impossible Wave” in Huntington Beach Pier Plaza, was totally beautiful. I’m excited to see the general public embrace the movie with open arms, and feeling our love for riding waves…”

Miguel Pupo - Brasil. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed


*Schedule subject to change by the ISA

September 21-23:

Competition (Open Men & Open Women)

September 24:

– Finals Day (Open Men & Open Women)

– Closing Ceremony & Medal Ceremonies (30 mins after finals)

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