October 19, 2011

High Performance in Day 2 of the El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship

Three-time World Champion Tom Curren found his rhythm today, posting the highest combined total of the day (14.40) to win his heat and make it to the third round. Photo: ISA/Watts

Three-time World Champion Tom Curren found his rhythm today, posting the highest combined total of the day (14.40) to win his heat and make it to the third round. Photo: ISA/Watts


The rain came back to El Salvador and so did the level of performance from the world’s best Masters surfers

COMPETITION STARTS BACK UP TOMORROW AT 8:00am local time (7:00PDT – 10 EDT).
Watch it online on www.elsalvadorisawmsc.com

El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship
October 19, 2011
La Libertad, El Salvador

The strong rain came back to La Libertad today, but that didn’t stop the contest officials from running the second day of the El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship. The 3-to-5 foot waves kept breaking long and perfect with some barreling sections.

The following 24 heats were held:
-Qualify Round 1 Grand Masters (+40)
-Qualify Round 1 Grand Kahunas (+50)
-Qualify Round 2 Masters (+35)
-Qualify Round 2 Kahunas (+45)
-Qualify Round 2 Grand Masters (+40)

Now that all the surfers in the event have competed in at least one qualifying heat, there are no more National Teams with all their participants still in the main event. Out of the 124 surfers that started the event there are now 40 undefeated in the main event; the remaining surfers are in the second, and last chance repechage.

The oldest competitors in the tournament, Grand Kahunas (+50), went to the water for the first time and had, once again, South African Chris Knutsen as the best surfer of the division.

The three-time ISA Masters World Champion, 54, scored a total of 14.17 (7.50+6.67) after combining a series of carving maneuvers with deep barrels. “I felt pretty good out there this morning, so I was quite excited to head out into the water and start the heat with a good wave,” said Knutsen. “I enjoyed the heat, conditions were good and it was a great start of the contest for me. Regarding this year’s event, I think it is good to see other countries like Hawaii and the USA here in El Salvador. I’m sure that it will be a good surfing event.”

Other standouts in the Grand Kahunas division were Jorge Bittencourt (BRA), Allen Sarlo (USA) and Manuel del Castillo (PER).

In the Masters (+35), Grand Masters (+40) and Kahunas (+45), eight surfers per division remain unbeaten in the main event after making it through their second qualifying round.

Davey Gonsalves (HAW), Junior Maciel (BRA), Magnum Martínez (VEN), Gary Van Wieringen (RSA), Toby Martin (AUS), Jojo de Olivença (BRA), Jason Senn (USA) and Ross Williams (HAW) are two steps away from the grand final in the +35 division.

Former ASP World Tour competitor, Gonsalves posted the day’s second highest combined score of the division, 13.17. The Hawaiian commented after his heat, “The waves slowed down but they are still breaking pretty good. If you get the right one you can have a great score. I would like to see classic Punta Roca; I’m already having fun in these little waves, and I can’t imagine what it is like when it’s good. I’m looking forward to that.”

The eight Grand Masters that made it undefeated to the third round of the Main Event were Tom Curren (USA), David Malherbe (RSA), Guy Chang (HAW), Dean Shaw (AUS), Jim Hogan (USA), Colin Buitendag (RSA), Mike Latronic (HAW) and Rowan Sapwell (AUS).

Three-time ASP World Champion, Curren shined today, not only winning his heat but also posting the highest combined score of the division so far 14.40 (7.5+6.9) to beat David Malherbe (RSA, second), Ricardo Villanueva (PUR, third) and Sergio Penna (BRA, fourth).

High Performance in Day 2 of the El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship

Brazilian Fabio Gouveia competed in the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship last year when he placed 5th. He came to El Salvador looking for gold, and by the way he's tearing this wave apart, he's working hard to get there. Photo: ISA/Quincho

Grand Masters’ Fabio Gouveia (BRA), Juan Ashton (PUR), Dean Randazzo (USA), Che Lovelace (TRI), Jojo de Olviença (BRA), Kevin O’Brien (RSA), Reuben Balmores (HAW) and Scott Myers (AUS) made it through to the third round of the Main Event.

Fabio Gouveia was the standout of the round, posting the highest total, 13.50 (7.83+5.67), after combining a series of big turns and barrels. “The waves are very good, but the 20 minutes heats go away quick, so I couldn’t catch many waves,” said Gouveia. “I got some good ones and I did the job, the important thing is to qualify, no matter whether I finish first or second.  It’s important to move forward.”

The event will continue tomorrow at 8am local time with the following heats:

-Qualify Round 2 Grand Kahunas
-Qualify Round 2 Women Masters
-Repechage Round 1 Masters
-Repechage Round 1 Kahunas
-Repechage Round 1 Grand Masters
-Repechage Round 1 Masters
-Repechage Round 1Grand Kahunas
-Repechage Round 2 Women Masters

Follow the action live on www.elsalvadorisawmsc.com
Webcast schedule
8am local time is 7am PDT and 10amEDT

The ISA World Masters Surfing Championship is sponsored by El Salvador Impresionante, Alcaldía del Puerto de La Libertad, Surfos, Alcatel, TACA), El Gráfico, Olas Permanentes Magazine, TIGO, Decameron, Cushe, Maya Realty, Yamaha, Alamo, La Femenina, CONJUVE, Amate Travel, Línea Ejecutiva, Surfline, Hospital de la Mujer, Arreconsa, Torogoz, Pepsi, Adrenaline, Gray Line El Salvador, CASATUR and POLITUR

About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running Open Division World Championships since 1964, Junior World Championships since 1980, and Masters World Championships since 2007. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the Tandem Surfing World Title, and will hold the first World Bodyboard Championship in 2011, and the first World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship in 2012.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 69 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in San Diego, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA´s three Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER) and Debbie Beacham (USA).