5th day ISA World Surfing Games 2022 did not disappoint and was action packed.
Athletes in the main draw did not compete, but still tuned in to create a lively atmosphere in Huntington Beach, California, where rowdy teams cheered on their athletes in the qualifiers.
For those who survived the day, it was sometimes a case of surfing three heats in a row.
While this event marks the start of surfing’s journey to Paris 2024, securing two quotas for the winning men’s and women’s national teams, the International Surfing Association (ISA) today announced the dates for the second event in the Olympic qualification process.
The 2023 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surf Games will last from May 30 to June 7, 2023.
But before we get to El Salvador, let’s see who will step up and win the first surfing spots at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Keep reading for full coverage of day five and be sure to tune in to Olympics.com to follow the action live.
The moment of the day
At the age of only 13, Yang Siqi China today entered history.
The young star advanced further than any other Chinese surfer at the ISA World Surfing Games after finishing second in the fourth event with an overall score of 9.00.
It is known that the previous best result of the Chinese surfer was 61st place. Now that the teenager has advanced to the fifth round of extra play, the lowest she can reach is 29th.
Young has improved her surfing significantly even just in the last few months.
In June, she took 37th place on ISA 2022 World Junior Surfing Championships.
We suspect that this talented pocket rocket has even more to offer.
What caught my eye: sportsmanship
Maybe we had World Peace Day in our opinion (September 21) or maybe it was just the good vibes on the beach, but there was a noticeable amount of kindness and sportsmanship on the beach today.
Whether it was a hug, a high five, a smile, or wearing someone else’s gear, it was a really good feeling in Huntington Beach today.
Conditions were sometimes far from ideal. The waves were rough and often unpredictable, so some athletes left the water, disappointed that the competition was over. But the environment remained pleasant and the overall outlook was such that being on the beach on a sunny September day was something to be grateful for in itself.
How it happened: Day five at the 2022 ISA World Surfing Games
Fitness was a huge factor that came into play today. For athletes like Frederico Morais (POR) and Rio Vaida (INA), it took three surfs to survive and advance to Thursday’s competition.
The pair was also in the most prominent heat wave of the day (repeche 4, hot 9) trade wave with Mexico Sebastian Williams and Italy Jesse Mendes. Only after the race was over and the judge’s final score was received, it became clear that Morais would advance to the next heat. In the last minute, he scored a strong wave of 6.13 points to keep the competition alive.
They both won their 5 reps and Wajda was impressive until the very end with a 9.17.
For the ladies, there was the Zoe MacDougall Show on Wednesday. The American had two best all-around scores (12.90 and 12.83) and was second behind Australia’s India Robinson (7.33) for the highest single-wave score (6.83).
September 16 – 24
Surfing | Olympic qualification | ISA World Games | Huntington Beach
Forecast: Sixth day of action and weather
Thursday will be an eventful morning with the main draw competing on the beach.
The forecast calls for 3-4 foot waves and the typical light early wind that will pick up throughout the day. All race planning will be done the day before the wind actually picks up.
Things start to get more interesting as the picture becomes clear as to which men’s and women’s national teams could take the top two spots at Paris 2024.
On the men’s side, look out for France, Portugal, USA, Japan, Brazil and Australia, who all share the same number of points.
For women, the same nations are considered favorites, as well as Canada and Germany.