We’re really stoked at Fourth Surfboards to have some of our team members representing Great Britain in the ISA World Surfing Games; and we’re even more stoked that they are holding their own against the worlds most elite surfers.
The ISA World Surfing Games got underway on the 7th of September in Miyazaki in Japan. As this event has been announced as a part of the qualifying process for the 2020 Olympics, there is a real high calibre of surfers entered in this event. Including the likes of … Kelly Slater, Gabriel Medina, Filipe Toledo, Owen Wright, Steph Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Carissa Moore … The list goes on.
Thats why we’re so excited to see our team riders surfing heats with the big guns in the surf world and as the opening rounds of the contest got underway they came out swinging, with some high heat totals, and all looking really comfortable. Ellie Turner kick started the show with a combo of 12 taking out a first round win with the highest score of the heat a 6.57. Next up was Peony Knight with a combo of 12.47 in her first round heat. Also with the highest heat score a 6.57. So a great way to start their World Games campaign.
Ellie Turner came up unlucky in the second round, missing out by less than half a point and moving onto the repercharge round. Peony was up next, and she surfed a good heat and advanced through to round 3. Heading into round 3 Peony came up against three of the highest calibre surfers in the world. Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons and Anat Lelior. Peony put on a great performance and held her own against the world tour surfers, she was eliminated but was only just came short of Sally Fitzgibbons heat total. A very well done to Peony and Ellie and its nice to show that our team riders are surfing up to the standard of the best surfers in the world even in a pressure on, competitive environment.
Soon the mens started and looking at the draw we saw that G-man had drawn a familiar name in his opening heat, yep you guessed it 11 time world champ Kelly Slater. Some impressive surfing was taking place in the opening round of competition, Gearoid and Slater took to the water in heat 17, Gearoid put on an impressive heat and stuck it to the 11 time world champ, theres a heat overview below written up by Aidan Byrne from Irish surfing…
“Next into the fray, was quite possibly one of the most hightly anticipated heats in the history of Irish surfing to date, as our very own, cool and collected young Irish gun, Gearoid McDaid, stepped up to the international plate, to face off with none other than 11 time world surfing champion, Kelly Slater. Gearoid was the absolute epitomy of cool, as he prepared himself on the beach in the blistering hot late Japanese Summer Sunshine. And in diminishing smaller onshore conditions, 11 time world champion Slater kicked off the heat, with a slightly nervous front side attack, putting the first score on the board. Young Gearoid however, then took the fight right back to the 11 time world champion, and absolutely went to town on his first wave, with a blitzing frontside attack, posting a solid score and putting ‘the champ’ under some very serious early pressure. Gearoid then continued his assault and absolutely surfed like a consummate pro, unleashing a solid backside attack, to further put the pressure back onto Slater. Gearoid then dominated the majority of the heat with pure class from there. However, in the dying minutes of the heat, Slater just pipped Gearoid at the post, to take a slightly nervous heat win away from the more dominant Irishman. It was a truly legendary performance by young Gearoid who could have easily taken top honours against the 11 time world champion. Nonetheless, Gearoid did however do his country extremely proud and very confidently secured the second position in the heat, taking Ireland on through into the second round of the men’s main event”
Stoked for G-man to give it a good crack and get off to a good start, keep doing what you’re doing and good luck for the coming rounds of competition. Check back for further updates on the Fourth Crew at the ISA World Surfing Games or watch the surfing action live at https://isasurf.org/wsg/2019/en/live/