2021 World Champion Jose Martinez (USA) refines his craft, delivers top performance
Topping the Men’s Prone 2 leaderboard was Jose Martinez (USA), who put on an incredible performance. After a long wait for his first wave, the 2021 World Champion capitalized masterfully with a large bottom turn drawn straight into a down carve earning him an 8.67. But the best was yet to come. On his second effort, the US Army veteran faded into a long right wall, before banking hard off the lip and riding out clean down the massive face. That effort provided him with a 9.67 single wave score and an 18.34 heat total, the highest numbers of the event so far.
“Last minute I decided to switch my fins and it worked out perfectly for us,” Martinez said. “[Performance] has a lot to do with not just technique, but adjustment in the water with your equipment and yourself. So it’s all full factor that plays into this role and I’m happy that I’m able to understand it more every single time.”
Norway’s Ismaël Guilliorit hopes he’s not too old to make a comeback
Proud Norwegian Ismaël Guilliorit’s presence was notable in the first three editions of the WPSC, but since last appearing in 2017 the viking helmet clad charger has been missed. However, the 45-year-old wants the para surfing community to know that he’s been present in spirit and, now that he’s back, he is enjoying every minute of his time in Huntington Beach and ready to win some heats.
“Many people think I wasn’t here for six years, but I was following and I was waiting my time,” Guilliorit said. “I was crossing my fingers to be not too old to do my comeback. I’m very happy to see all of the people, the level and the good energy. It’s a pleasure to see old friends, and put on my helmet with horns. For sure in the next heat I will get better waves. Now the compete begin.”
Competition will continue tomorrow at Southside Huntington Beach Pier at 7:00am PST.