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In the first rounds, the waves remained in the range of 1.5 and 2 meters in height, which gave the Costa Rica Surf Team the chance to show their talent.
 - Surf Federation photo -

Published Monday, May 31, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

After a year of delay due to the pandemic, the Costa Rica Surf Team kicked off their competition in the 2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games on the beaches of La Bocana and El Sunzal in El Salvador.

The championship, scheduled for June 6, is also determining who is going to Tokyo for the Surfing's final Olympic qualifier for five men and seven women surfers, according to the Sports Institute.

The Costa Rica Surf Team is represented by Brisa Hennessy (who has already been classified since 2019 in the World Championship Tour of the World Surfing League), Leilani McGonagle, Eva Luna Woodland, Nataly Bernold (who returns after having surfed for Switzerland), Noe Mar McGonagle, Anthony Fillingim, Jair Pérez and Carlos Muñoz (who in December 2020 was the champion on the ALAS 2020 Continental Surf Championship).

In the first rounds, the waves remained in the range of 1.5 and 2 meters in height, which gave the Costa Rica Surf Team the chance to show their talent, the Surf Federation said in its statement.

McGonagle was first to compete against athletes from Colombia, Italy and Uruguay. With two waves she won 4.17 points and 6.43 points, for a total of 10.60 points. She placed first, over Margarita Conde from Colombia with 7.97 points.

The next competitors were Hennessy and Muñoz. Muñoz placed second, scoring 4.07 points and 4.23 points in his two best waves, for a total of 8.30 points. In this heat, Luke Dillon from the United Kingdom advanced in the first position with 9.70 points.

Hennessy placed first with two waves of 5.67 points and 7.83 points for a total of 13.50 points, against 7.84 points of Isabella Gómez from Colombia.
Fillingim won 12.97 points with two waves, the first with 6.50 points and then 6.47 points, beating John Mark Tokong of the Philippines.

McGonagle was the last to compete but the one with the best score. He scored 8.33 points with his first wave and 8.07 points with the second wave, for a total of 16.40 points, winning over Oliver Hartkopp from Denmark.

This is the second time that El Salvador has hosted a World Surfing Championship of the International Surf Association, ISA, with 1,000 surfers from 50 countries participating in the competition.

The most up-to-date information on surfers scores can be found on the World Surf site.

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