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…”