All six members of the SA surfing team will be in action today, Day 5 of the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games at Santa Catalina in Panama, as the four men contest their respective qualifying stream Round 3 heats while the two women face do-or-die encounters in repercharge Round 2.
After a day off yesterday (Wednesday) when three rounds of men’s repercharge rounds were completed, Shaun Joubert, Mikey February, Davey Brand and David van Zyl will be primed to maintain their positions in the upper tier of the double-elimination format and take another step towards the Grand Final and one of the gold, silver, bronze and copper medals on offer.
Tanika Hoffman and Faye Zoetmulder will be just as determined for a successful start to their arduous passage through the women’s repercharge rounds where finishing lower than second in any heat will mean elimination from the event.
Yesterday’s action saw 30% of the men who started the event eliminated, leaving South Africa and Peru heading the provisional points standings as the only countries with all six team members still in contention for individual titles.
Mikey February, seen here while winning his Round 1 heat on Sunday, will be going all out to place 1st or 2nd in his Round 3 heat today and stay in the qualifying stream at the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games in Panama – Photo by ISA / Tweddle
Brazil, the 2011 team runners up, along with Costa Rica and Venezuela have each had one team member ousted from the event while defending team champions Australia, Mexico, Ecuador, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, hosts Panama, Puerto Rico and Japan have all ‘lost’ two members.
The swell remains around 0.5 to one metre in Panama and with an extremely low Spring tide at 9.26am local time, the start of today’s surfing action is likely to be delayed until around noon (7pm SA time).
Reef ISA World Surfing Games (Santa Catalina, Panama)
Schedule for Day 5 (SA surfers in brackets)
Men’s qualifying Round 3 (Mikey February Heat 1, David van Zyl H3, Davey Brand H4, Shaun Joubert H6)
Women’s repercharge Round 2 (Tanika Hoffman Heat 1, Faye Zoetmulder H3)
Men’s repercharge Round 4 (TBD)
All the action can be followed live via webcast at www.isawsg.com Each day’s webcast begins with the Morning Show at 2.40pm (SA time) followed by competition starting when the conditions are suitable.
The 2013 South African surfing team has been provided with kit by RVCA.
Surfing South Africa (SSA) is the recognized governing body for the sport in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA)