Male surfers from Costa Rica, France, Perú and Portugal advanced Monday in the World Surfing Games in Jacó, the national surfing federation reported. The Costa Ricans are Carlos Muñoz, Noe Mar McGonagle and Tomás King.
Costa Rican women, Emily Gussoni and Leilani McGonagle, also stayed alive in their first heat on the water, the federation said.
Playa Jacó showed the international field of surfers the wide range of conditions that it can feature, said the International Surfing Association, the games sponsor. There were 12 heats of open men round 2 and 12 heats of open women round 1. Competitors faced Jaco’s extreme tide swings and moody weather, with conditions varying from glassy and sunshine to gusty rain squalls.
The association said that France’s Pauline Ado was the standout performer of the day with a decisive victory in her Round 1 heat. Ado’s heat total of 17.77 and single wave score of 9.27 were the highest of the day for any man or woman, allowing her to comfortably cruise into Round 2 along with Peru’s Analí Gomez (14.20).
Muñoz continued his strong run and obtained the highest wave score (9.17) and heat total (16.50) in the open men division, finishing ahead of Peru’s Alonso Correa (10.54), Argentina’s Felipe Suarez (10.00) and Panama’s Oli Gonzalez (7.10), the association reported.
Leandro Usuna, the men’s 2014 World Surfing Games gold medalist, passed through his round 2 heat in second place with a score of 11.53, ahead of the 11.20 heat total that landed Costa Rica’s Anthony Fillingim in third place.
Surfline, the official forecaster, is predicting that two- to three-foot southwest swells will continue with some reinforcements today. Wednesday a new southwest swell is expected to begin to creep in and fill in fully on Thursday.