New Swell on the Horizon for the Finals

Venezuela's Rafael Pereira, with critical turns like this one, advanced to the next round. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

Wednesday, May 8th, Santa Catalina, Panama – Day 4 of the Reef ISA World Surfing Games brought a slight increase in the surf and impressive performances from the world’s best surfers. Due to an extreme low tide, the event began just before noon. The competition picked up once the tide covered the volcanic rock reef and the waves improved.

Today featured all Open Men’s Repechage. This is a do-or-die round. If an athlete places 3rd or 4th in a Repechage heat, they are out of the competition. Today was a day where 30 percent of the competitors who started the event would be eliminated. The energy was intense.

“It was another beautiful day in the paradise that is Santa Catalina,” commented ISA President Fernando Aguerre.”The stakes were high; the National Teams were standing on the reef cheering their teammates all day long. That’s an amazing sight that only takes place at ISA World Championships. It still gives me the chills even after all of these years. The competition is critical as we approach the final days of the event. Don’t miss a minute of the live webcast.”