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Perfect start for SA men on Day 1 of ISA World Surfing Games in Peru

October 26th, 2014
David van Zyl (Glenashley) carves off the top of an overhead wave at Punta Rocas while winning his Round 1 heat at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru on Saturday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

David van Zyl (Glenashley) carves off the top of an overhead wave at Punta Rocas while winning his Round 1 heat at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru on Saturday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

The South African Surfing Team got off to a perfect start on the opening day of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru on Saturday when all four men comfortably won their Round 1 heats.

Competing in excellent 2 to 2.5 metre waves and windless conditions at the world renowned Punta Rocas surf break south of Lima, the South African quartet started their defense of the ISA Team Gold medal they earned at the corresponding event in Panama last year by going ballistic on the glassy, double-overhead wave faces.

David Brand (Kommetjie) was the first SA team member in action. Using the trademark powerful backhand turns he has developed on countless surf trips worldwide, the former ISA U18 Bronze medalist racked up a heat tally of 14.0 out of a possible 20 to advance to Round 2 in the Qualifying stream.

David van Zyl (Glenashley), team captain Michael February (Kommetjie) and Casey Grant (Scottburgh) were equally impressive in their respective match-ups as the organisers extended the duration of the heats from 20 to 25 minutes and completed 18 of the 24 Round 1 heats in the epic overhead surf.

Former ISA U18 World Champion, Cristobal de Col (Peru), was the top point scorer on Day 1, recording a total of 15.90 for his top two waves, as three of the four competitors from the host nation stayed in the Qualifying stream. Perennial medalists Australia saw team member Otis Carey drop into the grueling Repecharge rounds when he placed third in his Round 1 clash.

The Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games resumes today (Sunday) at 2.40pm (South African time). The daily live webcast begins with The Morning Show hosted by Julien “Vico” Hammel and Mike Latronic and today’s guests will be Team Mexico.

Following The Morning Show, competition will feature:

6 heats: Open Men Qualifying Round 1
12 heats: Open Men Qualifying R2 (David Brand – H3, David van Zyl – H5, Mikey February – H7, Casey Grant – H9)

Surfline, the official forecaster of the event, has predicted pumping waves for the opening days of the competition followed by great surf for the whole contest period.

All the action from Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games including news, results, video footage, images and live webcasts can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and http://isawsg.com

The 2014 South African Surfing Team is competing in Peru thanks to assistance from the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and recognised by Sport and Recreation SA as the national governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the world’s governing body for surfing.

ENDS

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Robin de Kock
General Manager
Surfing South Africa
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