Costa Rica’s Carlos Muñoz and Noe Mar McGonagle were the standout performers, advancing through to round 4 and posting the two highest heat totals (15.00 and 14.84) of the round in their respective heats Wednesday.
They now are among the best 20 surfers who survived from a field of 96.
Costa Rican Tómas King was consigned to a repechage round Wednesday, and teammate Anthony Fillingim ended up out of the competition.
In the women’s competition, Leilani McGonagle advanced from a repechage round to round 3 of the main event.
The fourth day of competition of the World Surfing Games featured 18 crucial repechage heats, narrowing the field of open men and open women surfers at the midpoint of the contest period.
Perú gained an early advantage over their competition, maintaining four competitors in the main event and two in the repechage rounds. Perú has no easy task ahead as the two male and female surfers left in the main event will face off against each other in their upcoming heats.
Japan’s Takumi Nakamura managed to squeeze through his nail-biting main event round 3 heat. Nakamura, the last Japanese athlete in the main event open men category, earned a heat total of 12.60 that placed him in second place, narrowly edging out U.S. competitor Brett Simpson’s score of 12.50.
Nakamura expressed his emotions following his heat.
“I feel really confident right now and I feel like I can win it all. I just need to keep building on my strong performances and stay stoked in the water.”
Day 4 continued with Open Women Repechage heats, where the women posted some of the day’s highest scores.
Chile’s Jessica Anderson (16.00) and South Africa’s Tanika Hoffman (15.66) posted the highest heat totals, gaining momentum for the repechage heats they will face in the coming days.