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This week hasn’t been the easiest for the Costa Rica team, especially since Brisa Hennessy left the competition on Monday.
- Surfing National Federation photo -

Published Friday, June 4, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rica Surf Team continues to advance at the 2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games on the beaches of La Bocana and El Sunzal in El Salvador, taking place this week.

Leading in the male competition are Carlos Muñoz with 10.20 points and Anthony Fillingim with 9.20 points. They have 1st and 2nd place respectively in the Heat 8 that took place this week. They beat Greyson Grant from Sweden (scored 6.87 points) and Cristian Padilla from the Dominican Republic (scored 6.80 points).

Also, in the second heat, Noe Mar McGonagle won 1st place with 12.10 points, defeating Cesar Amador from Nicaragua (10.70 points) and Rafael Pereira from Venezuela (8.70).

Leading the women’s competition is Eva Woodland with 7.90 points, beating Lilias Tebbai from Morocco who scored 6.40 points.

According to the Surf Federation, Carissa Moore from the U.S. was scheduled to participate in the same round, but she was part of the elite group of athletes who decided to leave the competition because of confirmed positive cases of covid-19 in the first days of the game.

But the health scare didn’t stop Costa Rican surfers as they had their own challenges. At the beginning of the competition, Fillingim and Muñoz failed to enter the top positions. Fillingim was in third place with 10.37 points and Muñoz was in second place with 10.57 points. The winner of the heat was John Mark Tokong from the Philippines with 10.60 points.

The women’s team had their obstacles as well. In the last heat for women, Eva Woodland finished fourth with 3.33 points. The winner was Chelsea Tuach from Barbados with 9.97 points.

This week hasn’t been the easiest for the Costa Rica team, especially since Brisa Hennessy left the competition on Monday.

According to Hennessy, she decided to retire for "security reasons and thinking about her participation in the Olympics and the re-qualification to the World Surf League."

The decision was made after analyzing the situation with her coach Glenn Hall. They agreed she was running the risk of affecting her performance for the incoming Tokyo Olympic Games.

"Brisa is already classified for the Olympics, and her priority is to stay healthy and strong and in her best shape to continue representing Costa Rica at the Olympics and on the World Tour," the Surf Federation said in its statement.

The Costa Rica Surf Team continues now with 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).

A short video of the Costa Rica team competing in the Surf Games released by the Surf Federation can be seen on the AM Costa Rica YouTube channel.

The ISA World Surfing Games is scheduled on Sunday. This day will also determine who is going to Tokyo for the Surfing's final Olympic qualifier for five men and seven women surfers, according to the Sports Institute.

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.

Should the rest of Costa Rica Team withdraw from the competition in case of an increase in covid cases? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to

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