New swell rolls into La Bocana and El Sunzal on third day of competition at 2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games
Hometown hero Bryan Perez, 2-time ISA World Champ Sally Fitzgibbons fall to Repechage Rounds
Venezuela’s Rosanny Alvarez earns women’s event-high heat total; Portugal’s Yolanda Sequeira nears perfection with 9.6 point wave ride
Olympic hopeful Leilani McGonagle is surfing in honor of the late Katherine Diaz
First elimination rounds make or break Olympic dreams
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After three days of competition at the 2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games the chase for Gold Medals and Olympic qualification is heating up among the 51 competing nations.
Day 3 saw a fresh, strong swell grace the coast of El Salvador to greet the Main Event heats and first elimination Repechage heats of the event thus far.
The women’s Repechage Rounds at El Sunzal featured some excellent surfing from the female surfers determined to keep their Olympic dreams alive. The Repechage Rounds give surfers who lose in the Main Event a second chance to advance, however they present a longer, more challenging road to the Grand Final.
Venezuela’s Rosanny Alvarez earned the women’s event-high heat total of 17.57 with two beautiful rides down the long point of El Sunzal. Spain’s Nadia Erostarbe and USA’s Alyssa Spencer also impressed among the women to avoid elimination, earning heat totals of 16.84 and 16, respectively.
Portugal’s Yolanda Sequeira made the most of the afternoon low tide conditions with two of the most crucial maneuvers among any surfer in the event thus far. Sequeira was awarded for her commitment and earned a near-perfect 9.6-point ride. Sequeira was able to move into first place in the heat advancing alongside qualified Olympian Stephanie Gilmore (AUS).
A couple of past ISA World Surfing Games Gold Medalists who lost their footing in their first heats of the event were able to regain their composure and get back on track in Repechage Round 1. Mexico’s 2017 Gold Medalist Jhony Corzo and Argentina’s two-time Gold Medalist Leandro Usuna both avoided elimination with convincing performances.
The Main Events rolled on at La Bocana with a few upsets that sent stars such as 2-time World Surfing Games Gold Medalist Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), down to Repechage where they will look to take the long route to a medal.