Huntington Beach, USA
Competition intensified on day six of the ISA World Surfing Games (WSG), as some long lulls tested the mental strength of the world’s best surfers.
Fewer waves on offer led to fiery moments in multiple heats, most notably between Olympians Dominic Barona (ECU) and Teresa Bonvalot (POR) in Main Round 4.
Meanwhile, fellow Olympian Daniella Rosas (PER) backed up the big numbers of yesterday with another significant heat win. The 20-year-old Olympic flag bearer already knows what it’s like to represent her country at the highest level.
“My main goal is going to Paris 2024,” Rosas said. “I love ISA’s competition. I love representing Peru. Just trying to be focused and get it.”
Rosas advanced into Main Round 5, Heat 1 to join Bonvalot and teammate Yolanda Hopkins (POR), along with Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), for an exact repeat of the 2021 ISA World Surfing Games Final, which will be surfed tomorrow morning.
The power pair of Bonvalot and Hopkins have kept pace with USA’s Gabriela Bryan and Kirra Pinkerton, to solidify Portugal and USA as the only two nations to have more than one surfer left in the main draw on the women’s side.