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4 – 5 feet waves welcomed the 20 participating countries of the 2018 Pan American Claro Games. On this day, the first round of the Open Women category was completed.
This edition of the Pan-American Surfing Games is a qualifier event to Lima 2019. Today the only teams with all their athletes in competition are Costa Rica and Perú.
The best surfer of the day was the Puerto Rican Tia Blanco, who with 16.84 points defeated Tainá Hinckel from Brazil (12.50), Tiare Thompson from the United States (8.03) and Sofía Borquez from Chile (5.93).
Another outstanding athlete of the day was the Canadian Bethany Zelasko, who with a total sum of 15.00 points.
“It was really fun to be in the sea. I am very excited to be here and have good waves to compete. I am also very happy to represent Canada and be part of this team. It is an honor to be with them and to be here in Peru. And for now we just have to wait for what the next series will bring”, said Zelasko.
“Thank you very much to all of you at home who give me their support and to all my friends around the world who are watching the competition.”
Zelasko beat Isabella Gomez of Colombia with 9pts, Lucia Cosoleto of Argentina with 8.8 and Margarita Conde also of Colombia with 3.76 pts.
At the end of the day, the defending champion of the 2017 Pan-American Championship, Ornella Pellizzari of Argentina, enjoyed in her heat some of the best series of waves of the day, which allowed her to add a total of 15.75 points.
“We have the pleasure that the sea is growing. Punta Rocas always receives us with good energy and waves. The truth is that I do not think much, but I am defending the title. I do not see it as a pressure if I do not want to enjoy the event and give my best in each series. Making the most of this wave with only three more girls is a luxury. ”
Argentina defeated Brisa Henessy of Costa Rica with 11.6 points, Hanna Scott of Canada with 9.83 points and Iliana Aguirre of Ecuador with 3.86 points.
The competition continues tomorrow at 9:00 am with Rounds 2 and 3 of Open Women.
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Photo gallery by Fernando Cataldo/Latin Wave.