Olympic dreams inspire world-class surfing on day 4 of 2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games
Defending World Champion Sofia Mulanovich (PER) bows out of event in major upset
Provisionally qualified Olympians hang on in elimination rounds
Iran’s Tom Rezvan competes to honor of his father
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The fourth day of competition at the 2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games was defined by surprising upsets and powerful surfing through a strong swell at the breaks of La Bocana and El Sunzal.
The Olympic dreams of defending World Champion Sofia Mulanovich (PER) came to an end as she exited the event early in round 3 of Repechage. Mulanovich came up short less than a point, eliminated by Canada’s Paige Alms and Panama’s Enilda Alonso.
“I am just happy I got the chance to do it once again,” said Mulanovich. “It’s not the best result but I am still happy to be here. I was surfing well at El Sunzal, but my connection with La Bocana has not been the best. I wasn’t able to figure it out.
“I am going to stay here and support my team. I’ll tell them to have fun, be active in the water, and just surf.”
Despite putting on one of the top performance of the day in Men’s Repechage Round 2 with a 15.5 heat total, Australia’s Ryan Callinan also came up short in his following heat, an early exit for a Team Australia with World Title aspirations. Callinan was defeated by Costa Rica’s Noe Mar McGonagle and Portugal’s Miguel Blanco.
Provisionally qualified Olympian Shino Matsuda (JPN) is looking in strong form ahead of her potential Olympic debut. Matsuda earned the day’s highest heat total with 17.07 points at El Sunzal, including an excellent 9.07-point ride.
Despite falling into the elimination rounds, other soon-to-be Olympians competed with urgency today and performed in the Repechage Rounds. Peru’s Lucca Mesinas, Australia’s Owen Wright, and Morocco’s Ramzi Boukhiam advanced through their Repechage heats.
Wright’s backhand surfing proved to be especially lethal at El Sunzal, connecting scores of turns to earn the men’s day-high heat total of 16.17.