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Sunday, 21 May 2017 22:31

Eight of the world’s best female surfers remain, making for thrilling semifinals on Monday morning at Isa World Surfing Games

The second day of competition has set the stage for the Gold Medalist to be crowned at the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games, the first ISA Championship Medal to be awarded at this edition of the event in Biarritz, France.

Three rounds of intense Open Women competition played out at Grande Plage on Sunday. Eight of the world’s top female surfers are left standing, making for star studded semifinals to run on Monday morning.
The first Semifinal will include Portugal’s Teresa Bonvalot, Japan’s Nao Omura, Costa Rica’s Leilani McGonagle, and South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag, while the second semifinalwill feature France’s Pauline Ado and Johanne Defay, Germany’s Frankie Harrer, and New Zealand’s Ella Williams.
“It was incredible to watch the extremely high level competition during the women’s rounds today,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “Tomorrow will mark a historic moment, as the first ISA Gold Medal will be awarded in Biarritz since the last time the World Surfing Games graced the shores of Grande Plage 37 years ago.
“Tomorrow will be a must-watch day of world-class women’s Surfing featuring athletes that we could potentially see in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”
Sunday morning’s competition kicked off in 2-4 foot surf accompanied by dreamy conditions groomed by a light offshore breeze.
South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag was once again one of the stand out surfers and backed up her strong day 1 performance, advancing through to the semifinals with consistently powerful Surfing.
“This morning we huddled with the whole team,” said Buitendag. “We assessed the conditions and worked out a game plan. The tides were varying with a dropping swell, which made it a challenge, but I found my waves and my heats were a success nonetheless.”
“The big day is tomorrow. It’s the whole reason that most of us are here. The semifinals and finals will be very exciting to watch. It would mean the world to me to stand atop the podium.”
The first quarterfinal saw the first teammates matched up in a heat with Portugal’s Teresa Bonvalot and Carol Henriquefacing off. The Portuguese teammates weren’t able to move on together, as Bonvalot (10.1) went on to the semifinals with Germany’s Frankie Harrer (9.9), eliminating Henrique (8.1) and New Zealand’s Raiha Ensor (8.3).

Credit : ISA - Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)

The local Team France stands as the last with both their female surfers in the competition, as Pauline Ado and Johanne Defay fed off the support of the French crowd at Grande Plage. Both surfers took first place in their quarterfinal heats and will face off in a highly-anticipated Semifinal #2 on Monday.
Leilani McGonagle (CRC), the 2015 Bronze Medalist, continued her strong run through the competition and advanced onto the finals. McGonagle ended the inspiring run of Valentina Resano, the 13-year-old competitor from Nicaragua. In her third year competing in the ISA World Surfing Games, Resanoacknowledged that bowing out of the event was not a failure.
“I’ve always wanted to make the quarterfinals of this event,”said Resano. “This is my third year competing in the ISA World Surfing Games and I finally achieved my goal and learned a ton.”
“When I found out that this year the event was going to have WSL Championship Tour surfers, I was especially motivated to have the chance challenge myself against the world’s best.”
In attendance at the ISA World Surfing Games on Sunday was Leonardo Picciani, the Minister of Sport of Brazil. Minister Picciani came to Biarritz to witness the historic edition of the event and the great leaps of growth that Surfing has experienced after inclusion in the Olympic Games.
“Surfing is one of the most popular sports in Brazil,” said Minister Picciani. “There are millions of surfers in the whole country. We have brought a great team for the ISA World Surfing Games and we hope to bring the best team possible to next year’s event and beyond to the Olympic Games.”
“Surfing is an important sport with the power to create social change in Brazil. You can find surfers in all social classes and in the water, everyone is equal.
“We have the ambition to bring the ISA World Surfing Games to Brazil next year in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Our National Federation is in talks with the ISA and they have the full support of the Brazilian government.”
The schedule for Monday’s competition is as follows:
Monday, May 22
7 :00am : Men’s First round (3 heats)
8:00 : Women’s semi finals
9:00 : Women’s final
10:00 : Men’s first round
10:00am : Surfing Village opens
11 :00am : Press Conference FFSurf – Engie about the Ocean’s economy, Casino – Club Surfing France (Region, FFS, Surfrider, Engie, Syndicat Energies Renouvelables)
4 :00pm : Women’s final and prize giving ceremony
7 :00pm : Surfing Village closes
Tuesday, May 23
7 :00am : Men’s competition
10:00am : Surfing Village opens
7 :00pm : Surfing Village closes
Wednesday, May 24
7 :00am : Men’s competition
10:00am : Surfing Village opens
6 :00pm : Meeting Surf City label (->8pm), Meeting room Casino
7 :00pm : Surfing Village closes
Thursday, May 25
7 :00 : Men’s competition
10:00am : Surfing Village opens
3:00pm : Stand Up Paddle French Team selection
6 :00pm : Antidopping conference, Casino
7 :00pm : Surfing Village closes
8 :00pm : Surfing movies night / Jeremy Flores & Grande Plage (->10pm), Casino
Friday, May 26
7 :00am : Men’s competition
9 :30 : Press conference : Biarritz, Surfing Destination with Biarritz Mayor Michel Veunac and Max Brisson representing Béarn – Pays Basque Tourist Office - Club Surfing France at the Casino
10:00am : Surfing Village opens
7 :00pm : Surfing Village closes
8:00pm : World Premiere of “Shredding Monsters”, an Olympic Channel Production at the Casino
Saturday, May 27
7 :00am : Men’s competition
10:00am : Surfing Village opens
Street arts Festival, Grande Plage.
11 :00am-7 :00pm : Participative fresco « Vagues Sans Frontières » (Unbounded waves) Grande Plage walk.
Noon : Relay event semi-finals (Aloha Cup)
7 :00pm : Surfing Village closes
Sunday, May 28
7 :00am : Men’s competition
10:00am : Surfing Village opens
Street arts Festival, Grande Plage.
noon : Relay event final (Aloha Cup)
2 :00pm : Men’s competition final
3 :00pm : Medals & closing ceremony
7 :00pm : Surfing Village closes

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