On third day of competition at the 2016 INS ISA World Surfing Games the first Repechage Rounds ran, resulting in fierce competition and the first athletes eliminated from the event.
The Men’s and Women’s Repechage Round 1 took place in overcast conditions with continued 2-3 foot swell at Playa Jacó, Costa Rica. 34 competitors that were not able to place in the top two spots of their heats were knocked out of the competition.
France’s Pauline Ado repeated her impressive performance from the second day of competition and earned the highest heat total, for any man or woman, for the second consecutive day.
Ado charged through her Main Event Round 2 heat early in the morning, connecting powerful maneuvers to obtain a heat score of 17.93 highlighted by a nearly perfect 9.5-point ride. Ado advanced into Round 3 of the Main Event along with Ecuador’s Dominic Barona, who surfed a solid heat to earn a total of 15.57. Costa Rica’s Leilani McGonagle (10.60) and Panama’s Johanny Alfonso (5.57) were relegated to the Repechage Rounds, where they will face a longer route to get to the Grand Final.
The third day of competition got off to a blistering start with 6 heats of Main Event Open Women.
Peru’s Melanie Giunta went toe to toe with the local Costa Rican Emily Gussoni in the second heat of the morning. Both surfers earned identical heat totals of 11.33, advancing into Round 3, however Gussoni’s higher single wave score of 6.10 pushed her into first place and Giunta to second.
Giunta shared her thoughts after moving one step closer to the Finals:
“My whole team is like my family and we are all supporting each other. It motivates me to hear them scream for me on the beach when I get a wave. The waves are really fun right now, but they are going to get bigger over the next few days!”