Returning gold medalists María Martín-Granizo (ESP), Emma Dieters (AUS), and Victoria Feige (CAN) each earned heat wins as they seek to add to their medal counts. Solid scores from Audrey Pascaul (ESP) and Vera Quaresma (BRA) will no doubt push Feige’s performance as she seeks to maintain her dominance of the Women’s Kneel classification. The Canadian is pursuing her fifth gold medal and has yet to lose since her debut in 2018.
Dieters dropped into one of the biggest waves of the day to mark her debut in the Prone 1 classification. After winning gold in Prone 2 in 2022, her first year of para surfing competition, the 41-year-old is happy to be back representing her nation.
“It’s cool to come back with the Australian team and try and get that vibe going again that we had last year,” Dieters said. “We all did really, really well for Australia, so hopefully we can replicate that again this year.”
The men’s leaderboards established in the first two days of competition didn’t see too much of a shakeup today. The completion of Round 2 in multiple classifications did mean that many eliminations took place, including the shock loss of three-time gold medalist Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart.
Rafael Lueders (BRA), Jean Paul Veaudry (RSA) and Kenjiro Ito (JPN) each improved their totals in Stand 2, as did Llywelyn ‘Sponge’ Williams (WAL), who reclaimed the lead in Men’s Kneel from Ibon Oregi (ESP). Nicolas Gallegos (ARG) and Marcos Tapia (ESP) also found great scores to secure progression in Prone 1.