Pierrot Gagliano (FRA) tops Men’s Visual Impairment 2 leaderboard, secures first medal
After narrowly missing out on the final in his WPSC debut in 2022, Pierrot Gagliano (FRA) was relieved to secure first place on the leaderboard in the Men’s Vision Impairment 2 classification and guarantee himself a medal. The 23-year-old has been enjoying every minute of his time in Huntington Beach.
“It was really disappointing for me last year,” Gagliano said. “I was not able to get any good waves. Since we’re here, we’re scoring really good waves every day, so I’m stoked.”
An emotional Aaron Paulk (HAW) was also happy to make the final to represent his hometown of Lahaina, Maui and secure another medal. Two-time defending champion Roy Calderon (CRC) and 2022 silver medalist Jack Jackson (AUS) will join Paulk and Gagliano in the Vision Impairment 2 Final.
First ever heat win for Tash Davies (ENG) garners Semifinal berth with teammate Hannah Dines
Inspired to begin surfing in 2019 after seeing footage online of para surfers with a similar disability to her, Tash Davies (ENG) was instantly hooked and attended her first WPSC in 2020. Today the 32-year-old earned her first ever heat win, and was thrilled to progress to the Prone 1 Semifinals with teammate Hannah Dines.
“It felt really good,” Davies said. “We just, like, passed each other, she was coming out of her heat and I was getting ready to go in my heat and we had a little celebration in passing. It’s great to have both of us in the Semifinals, it’s brilliant for Team England.”
Competition will continue tomorrow at Southside Huntington Beach Pier at 7:00am PST.