Strong start for defending champion Lucia Cosoleto (ARG) in battle with 2019 Gold Medalist Justine Dupont (FRA)
Kapono Fukuda (JPN) and Wes Fry (AUS) lead men’s action in opening rounds
Les Sables d’Olonne, France – September 25, 2023
Clean lines of three-to-four foot swell at Plage de Tanchet set the stage for the start of the SUP Surfing competition for the 2023 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC). Men’s and Women’s Main Round 1 were completed, along with the first two heats of Men’s Main Round 2.
The first heat of the day started slow but finished with a bang when Omelv Garcia (PUR) found a buzzer beater to win Main Round Heat 1. Australians Wes Fry and Kai Bates stepped it up a notch in Heats 4 and 5, with Fry collecting the highest single wave score for the men, an 8.17, and Bates claiming the highest heat total for the men, 14.10, over 2019 Gold Medalist Benoit Carpentier (FRA), who progressed in second. Peru’s Sebastian Gomez also delivered a great performance in Heat 7.
Heat 5 of the Women’s Main Round 1 was undoubtedly the heat of the day, featuring the previous two gold medalists, Justine Dupont (FRA) and Lucia Cosoleto (ARG), along with Lise Richard (CAN). The highly anticipated match-up did not disappoint.