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Another clean sweep for Team SA on Day 5 at Billabong ISA World Surfing Games

October 25th, 2010

Pictured: SA’s Warwick Wright hits the lip of an overhead wave at Caballeros on Day 5 of the 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Peru on Sunday. Wright won both his heats yesterday and will be back in action in men’s in Repecharge Round 6 today. Photo: ISA / La Torre 
Team South Africa completed another clean sweep on Day 5 of the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games presented by Amarok of Volkswagen with team members winning six of the nine heats they contested in Peru yesterday (Sunday) and advancing in second place in the other three.

South Africa now heads the team point’s standings along with hosts Peru, who also still have all eight of their competitors still in contention. Each of the other 29 participating nations have ‘lost’ at least one of their team members with three days remaining before the medalists are decided on Wednesday..

Once again team captain Greg Emslie led by example with a devastated performance in his men’s Repecharge Round 4 heat where he racked up scores of 8.33 and 9.33 for a 17.66 heat total, the highest of the day and one of the highest of the entire event, that left second placed Tommy Bursian (CRC) comboed and eliminated USA’s Trevor Thornton from the contest.

Emslie was just as effective in Round 5, opening his account with a ride of over eight points out of 10 for the third heat in succession before adding a 6.50 that left runner-up Julian de Pozo (SPA) needing 8.74 for victory and ousted competitors from Costa Rica and Brazil.

Also competing in the solid two metre right-breaking waves at Caballeros, Warwick Wright utilised the backhand repertoire that took him to the ISA World Junior title back in 2002 to win both his Repecharge heats, accumulating a pair of seven’s for a 14.33 total in the first heat of the day before delivering a pair of 7.50’s for a 15.0 total in Round 5.

Not to be outdone, Chad du Toit earned 12.50 points in both his heats, winning the first and finishing second to Wright in the next that saw all three South Africans safely through to Repecharge Round 6 and among the last 24 men remaining in the event from the 114  that started out last Wednesday.

Meanwhile Casey Grant continued his challenge for a medal through the men’s Qualifying stream by finishing runner-up behind Darren O’Rafferty (AUS) and sending third and fourth placed Cristobal del Col (PER) and Vincent Duvignac (FRA) to the Repecharges.

SA’s two longboarders also got in on the act with Brad Weare, competing in his first ISA event, winning his Round 2 heat. Weare was joined in the last 16 in the Qualifying stream by teammate and two-time ISA World Longboard champion Matthew Moir who, despite losing his record of winning every heat he had contested in three ISA events, still placed second to advance.

The schedule for today’s action in Peru sees Moir and Weare in Longboard Qualifying Round 3 in the rights at Caballeros starting at approximately 3pm (SA time). They are followed by Emslie, Wright and du Toit in men’s Repecharge Round 6 in the lefts at Senoritas from approx. 4.20 pm with the two SA women, Chantelle Rautenbach and Stacey Guy, in women’s Qualifying Round 3 at Caballeros at the same time. Men’s Repecharge Round 7, hopefully featuring Emslie, Wright and du Toit, will be up again at about 8.20pm at Caballeros.

Casey Grant gets the day off as men’s Qualifying Round 5, where he faces 2004 ISA champion Hira Teriinatoofa (TAH), former World Tour campaigner Drew Courtney (AUS) and local hero Gabriel Villaran (PER) in his next heat, will not be run today.

Surfline, the official surf forecasters for the event, expect the surf to drop slightly today but still produce two metre sets before dropping further to head-high tomorrow (Tuesday) with a new swell filling in on Wednesday, the final day, when waves should remain head-high or bigger.

All the action at the 2010 Billabong ISA Word Surfing Games can be followed live on www.billabongisaworldsurfinggames.com starting at 8am daily (3pm in South Africa). Daily updates and images will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and further updates will be available on the Facebook page Surfing SA. 

The 2010 South African surfing team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and Surfing South Africa along with Skullcandy, PowerBalance and Future Life.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognized by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) as the governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA).


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