Day three of the 2022 ISA World Surfing Games was one for the books.
The women showed up for their first day of competition and brought their energy, taste and style to Huntington Beach, California on Monday, September 19.
Fortunately for them, the circumstances were on their side and the swell that came over the weekend continued.
It was also a good day for the 10 Olympians in action as they have all progressed and will remain in the main draw. This means that their way to the final will involve fewer heats than those who lose a main draw and have to compete in repechage rounds.
With one quota spot per gender for the best placed national team in the 2022 ISA World Surfing Games, there is a lot at stake.
You can also follow all the action live here on Olympics.com.
Time of the day: a name to remember
Gabriela Bryan goes from strength to strength.
The 20 years old from Hawaii is on fire this year and Monday was no exception.
In her first qualifying round of the competition, the WSL rookie of the year 2022 took a 9-point ride. The highest single-wave score of the day.
Our eye fell on: Teamwork makes the dream come true
While surfing is an individual sport, one of the things that makes this event so unique is how athletes come together to compete as a nation.
Every day we see athletes in the water being cheered by their entire team on the beach with flags.
Some teammates go a step further.
Tokyo 2020 silver medalist Kanoa Igarashi was not competing today, so he was on hand to do some warm-ups with his Japanese teammate, Olympic bronze medalist Tsuzuki Amuro. He then followed that up by waxing her board for her. This isn’t something you’ll see every day, so it definitely put a smile on our faces when we saw it.
teamwork. We’d love to see it.
September 16 – 24
Surfing | Olympic Qualifying Tournament | ISA World Games | Huntington Beach
As It Happened: Day Three Results at ISA World Surfing Games 2022
Gabriela Bryan was certainly not the only one to impress.
Sophie McCulloch (AUS) achieved the highest combined heat total over two waves of the day at 16.43 points (8.50 + 7.93).
Just behind her was in second place Kirra Pinkerton (USA) who shone in round one with a total of 16.00 (8.67 + 7.33).
At the age of only 15 years, Erin Brooks is having a phenomenal year. After winning the 2022 ISA World Junior Surfing Games in El Salvador, the Canadian who went viral with this historic aerial a few weeks ago delivered two comprehensive heat wins today.
China’s Yang Siqi showed off her powerful style, took her first heat and was second on round two.
Meanwhile, French surfer Wife Fierro seems to rise to the occasion. There are many eyes on the 22-year-old as her home wave, Teahupo’o, will be the surf spot for Paris 2024.
Mentions should be made for Olympians Theresa Bonvalo (POR) and Tsuzuki Amuro (JPN) who were also in great shape.
Forecast: Day four action and weather
On Tuesday, both men and women will compete, and the competition kicks off at 7:30 PM PDT.
The main draw will be broadcast live with highlights of the South stage action being added to the broadcast throughout the day.
Watch live on Olympics.com here.
Good waves of 4-6ft are expected in the morning when winds are light, but winds pick up in the afternoon with a moderate forecast on land.
In the men, pay attention to the matchup between Igarashi and Cherif Fall (SEN) in round 3, heat 1. Kolohe Andino (USA) and Samuel Pupoc (BRA) will be the ones to watch out for in round 3, heat 7.
Frederico Morais (POR), Leo Fioravanti (ITA) and Miguel Pupo (BRA) also makes for an interesting battle in round 3, heat 8.
For the women’s event, keep an eye out for Daniella Rosas (PER), Erin Brooks (CAN) and Pauline Ado (FRA) in round 3, heat 3.
Three Olympians come into action in round 3, heat 7 with Tsuzuki Amuro (JPN), Maeda Mahina (JPN) and Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS).