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The 2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games – Surfing’s final Olympic qualifier – kicked off the competition in spectacular fashion on Sunday at the waves of La Bocana and El Sunzal.
With the men ripping the peaks of La Bocana and the women riding the right point break of El Sunzal, a world-class level of surfing was put on display as the surfers chase their chances at the 12 open slots of Tokyo 2020 (5 for men, 7 for women).
The defending individual Champions, Brazil’s Italo Ferreira and Peru’s Sofia Mulanovich, both started their campaigns off strong. Ferreira surfed with fluidity and style on his way to the highest heat total of the day among all surfers with 16.43 points.
Mulanovich, on the other hand, advanced through her Main Event Round 1 heat in first with 13.16 points.
The top performer on the women’s side of the event was up-and-coming star and 2017 ISA World Junior Champion Alyssa Spencer (USA), who obtained a 16-point heat total.