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Mixed Results for South Africa on Day 1 of the INS ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica

August 8th, 2016
Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) takes to the air on his way to second place in his opening heat at the INS ISA World Surfing Games at Jaco Beach in Costa Rica on Sunday Photo: ISA / Jimenez

Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) takes to the air on his way to second place in his opening heat at the INS ISA World Surfing Games at Jaco Beach in Costa Rica on Sunday Photo: ISA / Jimenez

Sykes & McGillivray advance, Maree & Lightfoot into Repecharge Rounds

The South African challenge for honours at the INS ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica got off to a mixed start yesterday when two members of the team advanced directly to the next round of the Main Event and the other two were relegated to the grueling Repecharge rounds.

Organisers completed all 24 heats of Men’s Round 1 in rippable one metre waves at Jaco Beach with South Africa getting off to a good start when Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) posted one of the top 10 heat totals of the day’s action – 13.34 out of 20 – to win his opening encounter.

Including an excellent 8.27 (the day’s seventh highest score for a single ride) in his tally, Sykes finished just ahead of Francisco Bellorin (VEN) as the pair banished third and fourth placed Jeames Young from perennial contenders Australia and WSG veteran Matt-Lewis Hewitt (NZL) to the Repecharge stream.

Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) was next up but, despite looking in good form, the replacement in the team for an injured Michael February was unable to find the waves that offered high scoring potential and finished fourth in a heat won by 2014 ISA champion Leandro Usuna (ARG).

Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) joined Maree in the Repecharge stream when he was narrowly pipped for second place in a closely contested, high scoring heat where all four competitors were separated by less than two points.

Fellow Jeffreys Bay resident Matt McGillivray ensured that the team finished the day in good spirits. Using his trademark aerial skills, McGillivray completed a high flying air-reverse that earned an excellent 8.60 from the judges, the third highest score of the day, to grab second place and advance to Round 2 of the Main event.

While competitors in the Repecharge stream can still make their way to the final of their division, they need to compete in almost twice as many heats as those in the Main event stream and cannot afford to finish outside of the top two in any subsequent heat.

Costa Rica, the defending team champions and event hosts, along with USA and the powerful French team saw all four of their men advance directly into Round 2 of the Main event on Day 1. All of the other 23 teams in the event have at least one team member facing the cutthroat Repecharge rounds.

Today’s schedule in Costa Rica starts with 12 heats in Men’s Main event Round 2 followed by 12 heats of Women’s Main event Round 1.

Sykes is in the first heat of the day at 4pm South African time with McGillivray in Heat 12 at approximately 7.45pm. Team captain Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis) is in the first heat of the Women’s division (directly after McGillivray’s heat) and Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) is Heat 8, about 2.5 hours later.

Surfline, the event’s official forecaster, predicts the South West swell mix will continue on Day 2 of competition, providing plenty of contestable surf. Looking ahead in the contest period, a new swell is set to fill in on Wednesday, August 9, and show more size on Thursday, August 10.

See Sykes and McGillivray in action on Day 1 here

All the action from the INS ISA World Surfing Games, including news, results, video footage, images and LIVE webcasts, can be found at http://isaworlds.com/wsg/2016/en/ with results and news on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are chosen by the National Selectors and in terms of the SSA Constitution all national teams are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa

ENDS

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