April 10, 2013



France’s Regis Blanchard kept his hopes alive by scoring the wave of the day earning a 9.40 and advancing to the next round of the Masters Repechage. Photo: ISA Michael Tweddle

Critical Repechage Heats Today at the 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship in Ecuador

Day 4 of the 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship was greeted with an increasing swell and a beautiful, sunny day. The morning had an extreme low tide and the contest was put on hold to allow for the conditions to improve and showcase the best performances from the world’s best over-35 surfers.

Once the tide was more favorable, the expected new swell began to show signs of life. Conditions improved throughout the day with 3-5 feet waves and occasional overhead sets by the afternoon. The long period South swell is expected to continue to build further with surf in the 5-7 feet range tomorrow, as predicted by Surfline, the Official Forecaster of the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship.

“The competition is now reaching its critical stages where athletes can’t afford to lose or they will go home,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “It has been a pleasure sharing the beach with all the Ecuadorian locals along with the 150 Masters from around the world. With the expected swell building for the rest of the week, the World Championship is looking to finish in epic conditions.”

The fourth day of competition was primarily Repechage, rounds featuring every division: the Grand Masters (over 40), Kahunas (over 45), Masters (over 35), Grand Kahunas (over 50) and Women’s Masters (over 35). The only non-Repechage heats were the Grand Masters Qualifying 3.

The Repechage includes all the surfers that have failed to advance in the Qualifying heats. Once in this round, if a surfer places 3rd or 4th, they are no longer in the competition. The surfers that advance have a chance to make it to the Grand Final.

Day 3 began with the Grand Masters, where the surfers over 40 battled the rising conditions.

Brazil’s Marcelo Alves was one of the standouts of the day, winning his Grand Masters Repechage heat with powerful turns like this. Photo: ISA/ Rommel Gonzales

Brazil’s Marcelo Alves was one of the standouts of the day, winning his Grand Masters Repechage heat with powerful turns like this. Photo: ISA/ Rommel Gonzales

Marcelo Alves from Brazil had the best performance in this division, posting a total heat score of 13.46, overcoming Martin Jeri from Peru who achieved 9.86 points, placing second, both advancing to the next round. Unfortunately this meant the elimination from the competition of Masanobu Koga (JPN, 5.16) and Ricardo Carbia (PRC, 4.03).

Next were the Kahuna’s, which saw a great battle between Argentina’s Horacio Ipucha and Costa Rica’s Craig Schieber. The Costa Rican began with the lead, but in the last minute the Argentinian took the lead by earning a good score and leaving his opponents behind.

Ipucha scored 12.74 barely defeating Schieber’s 12.43. The two surfers that were eliminated in this heat were Eduardo Mendez (URU, 3.23) and Guillermo Palfy (URU, 1.77).

In Masters, Brazil’s Rogeiro Dantas was the standout earning a 15.50 total heat score defeating Alejo Martinez (ARG, 8.37) and sending home (CHI, Kriz Cabezas and the local Andres Fernandes (ECU, 4.10).

South Africa’s Chris Knutsen had a stellar performance posting a total heat score of 17.23 easily defeating his opponents Santiago Melus (CHI, 2.70) and sending home Osbaldo Chavez (MEX, 1.77).

Knutsen’s teammate in the Women’s Masters, Heather Clark, advanced in her heat earning an 11.66, defeating Lucila Gil (ARG, 4.67) and sending home the local Iliana Crow (ECU, 1.50).

To finish the day, the Grand Masters Qualifying heat hit the surf, and Hawaii’s Sunny Garcia kept his momentum with just enough points, 14.67, to defeat Dani Garcia (ESP, 13.16) and sendScott Schindler (AUS, 11.27) and Glen Pringle (AUS, 3.47) to the Repechage round.

The ISA World Masters Surfing Championship resumes tomorrow at 7:40am with The Morning Show hosted by Mark Fewell, which will be broadcast live on the internet at

Following that, the competition will feature:

Kahunas (over 45) Repechage 3
Kahunas (over 45) Qualifying 3
Masters (over 35) Qualifying 3
Grand Kahunas (over 50) Qualifying 3
Women’s Masters (over 35) Qualifying 3
Kahunas (over 45) Qualifying 4
Grand Masters (over 50) Qualifying 4
Kahunas (over 45) Repechage 4
Masters (over 35) Qualifying 4
Grand Kahunas (over 50) Repechage 4
Masters (over 35) Repechage 4

The live webcast of the entire championship is available on

beginning at the following times:

Sunday, 7:40am Montañita, Ecuador
Sunday, 5:40am West Coast USA
Sunday, 2:40pm Western Europe
Sunday, 11:40pm Sydney, Australia

About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China, and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013. ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 73 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

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