Underdog Guilherme Fonseca delivers big upsets
The hopes of a confirmed men’s Olympic position for Portugal are resting on the shoulders of little known 25-year-old Guilherme Fonseca, who continues to upset big names. It should be a lot of pressure, but the Supertubos local is feeling relaxed thanks to the support of his team. He has also walked this path before, placing 6th in the 2016 WSG.
“I’m proud to be representing my country because it’s my home. I love Portugal,” Fonseca said. “I feel good here in California, everyone wants to go well.”
After knocking Kolohe Andino (USA) into the repechage, Fonseca will face Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Lucca Mesinas (PER) and Nat Young (USA) in the single Main Round 7 heat early tomorrow, from which two surfers will progress to the Grand Final.
Paris 2024 Olympic Games host nation France takes the Aloha Cup win
More than other element of the WSG, the one-of-a-kind Aloha Cup brings out the spirit of the ISA. The team relay event features two men and two women from the top eight teams of the previous edition of the ISA World Surfing Games, Catching three waves each over the course of a 45-minute heat.
The battle for national pride is always entertaining and this year was no different. The final came down to event host nation USA and Paris 2024 Olympics host nation France, looking to top each other, and it was Thessa Thysen, Tim Bisso, Gatien Delahaye and Vahine Fierro who found the win for France.
As the relay finished, Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) brought out flowers to share with the many surfers who arrived to commemorate the life of 2012 ISA World Junior Champion Kalani David, who tragically passed away this week, with a touching paddle out.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“What a classic Southern California Summer day… As competition resumes tomorrow, five men’s teams and five women’s teams remain in the hunt to secure a single place in Paris 2024 Olympics for their nation. Every heat will carry massive weight. We will see the individuals who will collect gold, the nations that will top the overall team’s medals as well as the the men’s team and the women’s team who will collect the ultimate prize of a position for the Olympics.”
Current Rankings by Gender (for Olympic qualification)
SCHEDULE: 7am California time (PST) *Schedule subject to change by the ISA
– Finals Day (Open Men & Open Women)
– Closing Ceremony & Medal Ceremonies (30 mins after finals)