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South Africa remains in medal contention after Day 4 of ISA World Surfing Games in Peru

October 29th, 2014
David Brand advanced through two rounds of Repercharge heats on Day 4 of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Tuesday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

David Brand advanced through two rounds of Repercharge heats on Day 4 of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Tuesday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

The South African Surfing team remains in contention for both individual and team medals at the halfway point of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games after a grueling day of sudden-death Repercharge rounds held in solid waves and sunny skies at Punta Rocas in Peru on Tuesday.

David Brand flew the SA flag high by battling his way through two tense encounters, placing second in his Repercharge Round 2 heat, where he was assisted by two of his opponents being penalised for inference, and then posting a comfortable heat victory in his next clash to join teammate Casey Grant in Repercharge Round 4.

David van Zyl was not as fortunate, losing out in his Repercharge Round 2 heat by the narrowest of margins. Needing an attainable 5.44 to secure second place and a spot in the next round, van Zyl scrambled into three waves in the last five minutes of the heat, with the last ride looking like he had got the score.

But he was awarded 5.43 by the judges, losing out by just 0.01 of a point, to become SA’s first casualty in Peru. The Durbanite finished in equal 49th place overall and has contributed 960 points to the team total.

Tanika Hoffman was the only other South African in action yesterday and after uncharacteristically slipping into the Repercharge rounds after her Round 1 heat on Monday, the vastly experienced national team member made sure that she remained on track in the event by posting a comfortable heat victory and advanced to Repercharge Round 2.

On a day when nearly 50 competitors were eliminated from the event, Peru was the only team to emerge with all their members still in contention. The hosts head the provisional rankings going into the second half of the championships followed by Argentina and Chile in equal second, South Africa, Ecuador and Puerto Rico in equal fourth and Australia in seventh place.

Today’s action in Peru gets underway at 3pm SA time and will feature Faye Zoetmulder and team captain Michael February competing in their respective Qualifying stream heats before David Brand, Casey Grant and Tanika Hoffman go to work in the Repercharge rounds to keep their campaigns on track.

Day 4 Schedule: (South Africans in brackets)

4 heats: Women’s Qualifying Round 2 (Faye Zoetmulder – Heat 2)
3 heats: Men’s Qualifying Round 4 (Michael February – H1)
6 heats: Men’s Repercharge Round 4 (David Brand – H2, Casey Grant – H6)
4 heats: Women’s Repercharge Round 2 (Tanika Hoffman – H3)
3 heats: Men’s Repercharge Round 5 (TBD)

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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Surfing South Africa
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