Tokyo 2020 Olympian and 2010 ISA World Junior Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) earned the best Men’s numbers for the third time in four days by lofting a huge air reverse on the opening section of a double-overhead wave for an 8.83. Combined with a 6.90, he also collected the highest heat total of the day (15.73).
In the final heat of the day Australia’s Ellie Harrison went to town on the long walls of El Sunzal, claiming both the highest single wave score of the event, a 9.50, as well as equaling Caroline Marks (USA) for the highest heat total of the event (17.67).
Harrison was a late addition to Team Australia, but is enjoying competing in her first WSG.
“The call-up came as a huge surprise, but I’m just so grateful that they even thought of me to come,” Harrison said. “I’m looking to build confidence in heats and definitely after that one it feels good to post up a couple big scores. I’m just grateful to be here, I love El Salvador and it’s so good being here with Team Australia and all the CT surfers.”
Erin Brooks (CAN), Kailani Johnson (INA), and Luana Silva (BRA) were also able to pick the best of the large surf at El Sunzal in the Women’s Repechage Rounds, while Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Johanne Defay (FRA), and Shino Matsuda (JPN) managed challenging conditions at La Bocana to find large numbers in the Main Round.
Matsuda is part of an incredibly strong Team Japan, who were the only nation to enter the day with all six of their surfers still in the Main Round.
“As the Japanese team we are very concentrated,” Matsuda said. “We are all together as one team. Everyone has a lot of energy and we’re up for the challenge. We’re in a good place.”