Day 5 Olympic Qualifying Results, Highlights & Livestream

Day 5 of the 2022 ISA World Surfing Games did not disappoint and was action packed.

Athletes in the main draw did not compete, but still tuned in to create a lively atmosphere in Huntington Beach, California, with boisterous teams cheering their athletes in rematches.

For those who survived the day, it was sometimes a matter of surfing three heats in quick succession.

While this event marks the start of the surf route to Paris 2024, with two quota spots for the winning men’s and women’s national teams, the International Surfing Association (ISA) today announced the dates for the second event in their Olympic qualifying process.

The 2023 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games will take place from May 30 to June 7, 2023.

But before we go to El Salvador, let’s see who will lead the way and win the first surf spots for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Keep reading for a full recap of day five and be sure to tune in to Olympics.com to see the action live.

time of the day

At only 13 years old, Yang Siqi of China made history today.

The young star has progressed further than any other Chinese surfer ever at an ISA World Surfing Games after finishing second in repechage 4 with a total score of 9.00.

It is known that the previous best result of a Chinese surfer was 61st. Now that the teen has made it to the round five rematch, the lowest possible result she can get is the 29th.

Yang has significantly improved her surfing, even in the past few months.

In June she finished 37th on the 2022 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.

We suspect more will come out of this talented pocket rocket.

Yang Siqi from China at the ISA World Surfing Games in 2022

Our eye fell on: Sportsmanship

Maybe we had world peace day in our minds (September 21) or maybe it was just the good vibes at the beach, but there was a remarkable amount of friendliness and sportsmanship on the beach today.

Whether it was cuddling, high-fiving, smiling or wearing other people’s gear, there was a genuine good feeling at Huntington Beach today.

The conditions were sometimes far from perfect. The waves were chopping and often unpredictable, so some athletes left the water disappointed that their competition was over. But the environment remained pleasant and the general impression was that being at the beach on a sunny September day was in itself something to be thankful for.

As It Happened: Day Five of the ISA World Surfing Games in 2022

Fitness was a huge factor that came into play today. For athletes like Frederico Morais (POR) and Rio Waida (INA), it was a matter of surfing three times to survive and advance to Thursday’s action.

The pair were also in the notable heat of the day (Repeat 4, Preliminary Round 9) trading waves with Mexico’s Sebastian Williams and that of Italy Jesse Mendes. Only when the preliminary round was over and the final judges’ score was known, it was clear that Morais would advance to the next preliminary round. He stamped a solid 6.13 point wave in the last minute to keep his competition alive.

They both won their repechage 5 heats with Waida impressive to the end scoring a 9.17.

For the women, Wednesday was the Zoe McDougall show. The American claimed the first two overall heat results (12.90 and 12.83), finishing second to Australia’s India Robinson (7.33) for the highest single-wave score (6.83).

September 16 – 24

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Forecast: action and weather on day six

Thursday will be an action-packed morning with the main tournaments on the beach.

The forecast has waves of 3-4 ft and the typical light early wind that will continue to increase throughout the day. Everything to plan the match will be ready for that day by the time the wind really picks up.

Things start to get interesting as the picture becomes clearer as to which national teams for men and women could take the top two places for Paris 2024.

For the gentlemen, look out for France, Portugal, the US, Japan and Brazil and Australia, all of which have the same number of points.

For the ladies, the same countries are favorites, plus Canada and Germany.

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