Everything you need to know about the third day of the 2022 ISA World Surfing Games. Results and highlights on Monday 19 September at the first Paris 2024 Olympic qualifying event - Live on Olympics.com from Huntington Beach, California.
Day three of the 2022 ISA World Surfing Games has been one for the books.
The women turned up for their first day of competition and brought their energy, flavour and style to Huntington Beach, California on Monday 19 September.
Fortunately for them, the conditions were on their side and the swell that arrived over the weekend has held.
It was also a good day for the 10 Olympians in action as all of them have progressed and will stay in the main draw. This means their road to the final will entail fewer heats than those that lose a main draw heat and need to compete in repechage rounds.
With one quota spot on the line per gender for the best-placed national team in the the 2022 ISA World Surfing Games, the stakes are high.
You can also catch all the action, live on Olympics.com here.
Gabriela Bryan is going from strength to strength.
The 20-year-old from Hawaii has been on fire this year and Monday was no exception.
In her first heat of the competition, the 2022 WSL rookie of the year earned a 9-point ride. The highest single-wave score of the day.
While surfing is an individual sport, one of the things that makes this event so unique is how athletes come together to compete as a nation.
Each day we see athletes in the water being cheered on by their entire team on the beach waving flags.
Some teammates take their support a step further.
Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Kanoa Igarashi was not competing today, so he was on hand to do some warm-ups with his fellow Japanese teammate, Olympic bronze medallist Tsuzuki Amuro. He then followed that up by waxing her board for her. This is not something you'll see every day, so it certainly put a smile on our faces when we saw it.
Teamwork. We love to see it.
Gabriela Bryan certainly wasn't the only one to impress.
Sophie McCulloch (AUS) claimed the highest two-wave combined heat total of the day, with 16.43 points (8.50 + 7.93).
Just behind her in second place was Kirra Pinkerton (USA) who shone in round one heat, earning a total of 16.00 (8.67 + 7.33).
At just 15 years of age, Erin Brooks is enjoying a phenomenal year. Having won the 2022 ISA World Junior Surfing Games in El Salvador, the Canadian who went viral a few weeks ago with this historic aerial, delivered today with two comprehensive heat wins.
China's Yang Siqi showed off her powerful style, taking her first heat and coming second in round two.
Meanwhile, French surfer Vahine Fierro seems to be rising to the occasion. There are a lot of eyes on the 22-year-old given that her home wave, Teahupo'o will be the surfing venue for Paris 2024.
Mentions must be made for Olympians Teresa Bonvalot (POR) and Tsuzuki Amuro (JPN) who were also in fine form.
Tuesday will see men and women both competing, with the competition getting underway from 7:30 PDT.
The main draw will be broadcast live with highlights of the action from the South podium added to the broadcast feed throughout the day.
Watch live on Olympics.com here.
Good 4-6ft waves are expected in the morning when the wind is light, but the wind picks up in the afternoon with a moderate onshore forecast.
In the men's comp look out for the matchup between Igarashi and Cherif Fall (SEN) in round 3, heat 1. Kolohe Andino (USA) and Samuel Pupo (BRA) will be the ones to watch in round 3, heat 7.
For the women's event, keep an eye on Daniella Rosas (PER), Erin Brooks (CAN) and Pauline Ado (FRA) in round 3, heat 3.
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