Brazil’s defending champion, Mike Richards throws down near-perfect ride
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The opening day of competition at the 2021 Pismo Beach ISA World Para Surfing Championship saw pristine conditions and excellent performances from some of the sport’s top stars.
The second heat of the day saw Men’s Stand 1 defending champion, Mike Richards of Brazil, fight off strong competition from his teammate Jonathan Borba to notch up a massive heat total of 17.83. His numbers, the highest of the day, also included the single highest wave score, a near perfect 9.50.
Richards, who has developed his own technique for surfing without the function of his right arm, arrived hungry for victory, “I’ve been training hard and surfing here every day. I’m looking for a great result and I’m ready for the battle.”