Defending champion Jimena Ruíz (CRC) tops Women’s Stand 2 leaderboard with new record
Philippe Naud (FRA) scores near-perfect 9.90, leads Men’s Stand 2 rankings
Pismo Beach, California, USA – December 8, 2022
A full day of small, clean conditions proved to be both exciting and challenging as day four of the 2022 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championships Hosted by AmpSurf delivered the drama.
With defending champion Jose Martinez (USA) already out of the mix, the Men’s Prone 2 Quarterfinals promised to be interesting. The near elimination in Heat 1 of 2016 gold medalist Davi Teixeira (BRA) was highly unexpected after his performances earlier in the week and in Heat 3 two other former gold medalists, Freddy Marimon (COL) and Jesse Billauer (USA), were eliminated despite a near buzzer beater from Billauer.
Advancing ahead of them are long-time gold medal hopefuls Tomoki Fujihara (JPN), Claudio Morales (CHI) and Matthew Vanderhoogth (CRC), along with newer competitors Lee Ferrier (AUS) and Eric Lazar (HAW).
Defending champions Elias Figue Diel (BRA) and Felipe Kizu Lima (BRA) held firm atop their divisions, while Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart (AUS) found redemption in Men’s Kneel Round 2, jumping all the way to the top of the leaderboard after a shocking Round 1 heat on day one left him at the bottom of the rankings.