The action at the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship kicked off on Sunday, with SUP Surfing delivering a strong start to the week of competition.
Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship kicks off Well
The world’s best men and women SUP surfers took to the water and showcased their talent in the famous wave of Cloudbreak, a shallow and powerful reef located in the open ocean off the Fijian island of Viti Levu.
Rounds 1 and 2 of the Men and Women Main Event were completed with surf at Cloudbreak ranging from chest to head high, providing open faces and occasional barrels for the competitors to post solid scores.
In an explosive Men’s Main Event Round 2 heat, France’s Benoit Carpentier and USA’s Giorgio Gomez scored the third and fourth highest heat totals of the day with 16.44 and 15.97 points, respectively. Carpentier and Gomez advanced onto Round 3 of the Main Event, sending Puerto Rico’s Omelv Garcia (5.9) and Spain’s Oscar Ruiz (5.9) into the Repechage Rounds.
Mexico’s Felipe Rodriguez also put on excellent performance in his Round 2 heat, notching a heat total of 15.73 to take first place and advance to the next round. Rodriguez expressed his emotion after winning the heat:
“It feels amazing to represent my country out at Cloudbreak. It’s my dream to be out here with surfing with only a few guys. I am so happy to make it through the second round and advance in the competition.”