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Huntington Beach, USA – September 21st 2022
The fifth day of competition at the ISA World Surfing Games was surfed in tricky conditions as the prevailing swell faded, but the drama continued strong through a full day of elimination rounds.
Harsh blows came for multiple national teams as frontrunners lost their first athletes from competition. France, Portugal and the United States were the only teams to remain unscathed in that all-important team ranking race for the Olympic qualifying spot.
Raw power took Frederico Morais (POR) from fourth to first after the buzzer had sounded in the defining heat of the day. A scrappy start saw the lead rotate multiple times between Rio Waida (IND), Sebastian Williams (MEX) and Morais. In the dying seconds Jesse Mendes (ITA) and Williams had equal scores and Waida a narrow lead before Morais leapfrogged them both for the win to progress along with the Indonesian into Repechage Round 5.
Griffin Colapinto (USA) delivered one of the most exciting moments of the event so far in one of three repechage heats the American surfed today. Hurling himself virtually upside down into a backside tail high reverse, he emerged from the foam to the shock of even his own high-caliber team members.