World’s top women shine on global broadcast
Brazil’s Filipe Toledo awes with aerial maneuvers – earns day-high heat total 17.7
USA’s Carissa Moore nabs event’s first 9-point ride at El Sunzal
Senegal’s Imane Signate displays growth of women’s surfing
Day 2 of competition at the 2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games saw more world-class action, including the women’s first chance to compete on the global broadcast at La Bocana.
After having run round 1 at El Sunzal the previous day, Women’s Round 2 moved over to La Bocana where fans all around the world could tune in. The women did not disappoint, putting on impressive performances throughout the afternoon in a building swell arriving to El Salvador.
“We have an incredible record amount of women competing,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “There are 121 women here from all continents of the globe, representing the leaps and bounds of growth that women’s surfing has experienced in recent years.
“We’ve made promoting gender equality in surfing an integral part of our mission, and through initiatives such as equal slots in competitions, the ISA Scholarship Program, and free judging courses for women, we are seeing our efforts progress. In the past 3 editions of the event we’ve seen records broken in female participation, a great sign for the future of the sport.
“47% of competitors are women at this event, and we hope to get that to 50% soon, if not more.”
Filipe Toledo outperforms the field
Brazil’s Filipe Toledo continued the strong showing for Team Brazil, complementing the standout performances on Sunday from his teammates Gabriel Medina, Italo Ferreira, and Tatiana Weston-Webb. Toledo earned the highest heat total of the day by showcasing his repertoire of aerials to earn 17.7 points.
“With everything going on in the world it feels good to have some laughs and a good time,” said Toledo. “It’s amazing to be here seeing all these different countries, all these different talents. It was hard to imagine that I was going to be surfing against someone from a country like Russia. It’s really cool that it’s an environment full of happiness and everyone is having a really good time.”
Toledo advanced through his Round 2 heat as well to remain well positioned in his pursuit of a Gold Medal.