Brazilian veterans Carlos Bahia and Chloe Calmon lead with highest scores of the day
Local Salvadoran Sindy Portillo (ESA) shows mastery of the nose for early victory
The long, clean 3-4 foot lines of El Sunzal were a warm greeting for competitors on the first morning of the 2023 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Longboard Championship (WLC). The event began with Men’s Main Round 1, while the first 8 heats of Women’s Main Round 1 rounded out the day.
All former men’s medalists in the draw managed to secure strong wins. Cole Robbins (USA), Benoit ‘Piccolo’ Clemente (PER), Antoine Delpero (FRA), Edouard Delpero (FRA) and Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) each won their respective heats to progress in the Main Round.
Traditional stylists João Dantas (POR), Sam Christianson (RSA), Rogelio Esquievel Jr. (PHI) and Kai Hamase (JPN) also found heat wins with tight footwork and classic nose rides.