On third day of competition at the 2016 World Surfing Games the first repechage rounds resulted in fierce competition and the first athletes eliminated from the event.
The third day of competition got off to a blistering start with six heats of main event open women.
Peru’s Melanie Giunta went toe to toe with 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 Ms. Gussoni’s higher single wave score of 6.10 pushed her into first place and Ms. Giunta to second.
Ms. Gussoni now is one of 12 competitors in the quarterfinals of the 44 who participated.
The men’s and women’s repechage round 1 also took place in overcast conditions with continued two- to three-foot swell at Jacó. 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.
Ms. 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. She 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.
Ms. McGonagle, the current world sub-champion, was not able to find the waves to display her talent, said observers from the Federación de Surf de Costa Rica.