- Kristian Kimmerson and Silvana Lima both Brazil win in Men’s and Women’s Shortboard
- Confirmed the Short Table athletes who are tentatively classified to Santiago 2023
Text in collaboration with Fernando Cataldo @latinwave.cl
The Pan American Surfing Association (PASA in English) is proud to announce Brazil as the Pan American Champion Team of the XVI edition of the Pan American Surfing Games (PASG) 2023, Panama, which took place from April 21 to April 30, 2023.
Brazil scored a total of 12,430 points in the ranking thanks to the individual efforts of 19 of its athletes, including the Gold Medals won by Kimmerson in Men’s Shortboard, Lima in Women’s Shortboard, Chloé Calmon in Women’s Longboard and Guilherme Batista the Men’s SUP Technical Race.
Guga Arruda, Coach of the Brazil Team, said:
We are very happy and excited about the victory. It has been very difficult, all the surfers in the event have put up a great fight, especially in the shortboard final, in which Kristian (Kimmerson) came from behind, climbing the positions and thanks to him we won!
Argentina closed in second place with 11,540 points, third was Peru with 11,338 points and fourth Canada with 10,978 points.
Photos by Michel Tweddle @nat.wild.photos
The first individual final of the day was the Women’s Short Board, where the winner was Silvana Lima from Brazil, facing Chelsea Tuach from Barbados, Lucia Indurain from Argentina and Sanoa Olin from Canada.
Olin was in first place in the heat during the first half, but Lima knew how to wait for the best waves and when they arrived she took full advantage of them and with only two waves she was able to take the lead that she held until the end of the Final.
“I want to thank everyone here in Panama, it’s my first time here and I thank everyone for everything, I’m very happy,”
1. Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.16
2. Chelsea Tuach (BAR) 9.77
3. Lucia Indurain (ARG) 9.50
4. Sanoa Olin (CAN) 7.60
Photos by Fernando Cataldo @latinwave.cl
The Men’s Short Board category was won by Kristian Kimmerson in a final against Cody Young from Canada, Leandro Usuna from Argentina and Isauro Elizondo from Panama.
Kimmerson had a slow start to the Heat, in which he could not find the right waves, but the Canadian Young knew how to take advantage of the conditions and took the lead in the first minutes, closely followed by Usuna and Elizondo.
For the last minutes the Brazilian found the rhythm of Santa Catalina, posting high scores. By the final exchange of waves, Kimmerson appeared to be in second place behind Young, but his last wave was enough to pass the Canadian by just 0.60 points.
“First of all I am very happy to have won here at the Pan American Games, this is very important to me, to be representing Brazil and a wonderful team. I am simply speechless to describe this moment,”
1. Kristian Kimmerson (BRA) 17.04 – Gold Medal
2. Cody Young (CAN) 16.44 – Silver Medal
3. Leandro Usuna (ARG) 10.14 – Bronze Medal
4. Isauro Elizondo (PAN) 13.13 – Copper Medal
Team Ranking Final Results
- Brazil 12430
- Argentina 11540
- Peru 11338
- Canada 10978
- Puerto Rico 8721
- Mexico 8413
- Panama 8381
- Costa Rica 7841
- Venezuela 7699
- Ecuador 6251
- Chile 5697
- El Salvador 4460
- Uruguay 4335
- Guatemala 4285
- Columbia 4143
- Barbados 3440
- Nicaragua 1780
- Dominican Republic 1680
- USA 544
Short Board athletes provisionally qualified to Santiago 2023
PASA has confirmed the Short Board athletes who have provisionally qualified for the 2023 Pan American Games, pending the results of the next of the International Surfing Association’s World Surfing Games, which will be held in El Salvador from May 30 to June 7.
Men’s Short Board
Kristian Kimmerson (Brazil)
Marcos Correa (Brazil)
Jean Carlos Gonzalez (Panama)
Cody Young (Canada)
Franco Radziunas (Argentina)
Isauro Elizondo (Panama)
Lucca Messinas (Peru)
Leandro Usuna (Argentina)
José Joaquín López (Venezuela) seeded ALAS
Two places for host team Chile
Women’s Short Board
Sanoa Olin (Canada)
Arena Rodriguez (Peru)
Lucia Indurain (Argentina)
Daniella Rosas (Peru)
Isabella Gomez (Colombia)
Silvana Lima (Brazil)
Chelsea Tuach (Barbados)
Erin Brooks (Canada)
Dominic Barona (Ecuador) seeded ALAS
Two places for host team Chile
All these athletes will have to defend their places to Santiago 2023 at the ISA World Surfing Games (WSG), the highest priority event in the qualification process.
The Pan American Surfing Association thanks once again all those who made the XVI edition of the Pan American Surfing Games possible.
• Panama Tourism Authority
• Psycho Tuna
• Amstel Ultra
• COS channel
• COPA Airlines
We also thank the Media Partners Surfing República, Canal PX Sports and Super Deportes.
Thank you and congratulations to all the National Federations, athletes, technical team and staff for being part of this historic event. See you in Santiago 2023!