The Men's division of the ISA World Games got a little clearer on Tuesday as the heavy hitters in the lineups flexed their surfing muscles.
Two rounds were completed in day 4 of the competition and 12 men remain unbeaten in their heats (either first or second). They will lineup in round 5 later in the week to see who will stay out of the repechage.
Tuesday's double heat winners were Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Jackson Baker (AUS), Lucca Mesinas (PER), Jadson Andre (BRA) Santiago Munoz (ARG), Nat Young (USA), Gatien Delahaye (FRA), Guilherme Fonseca (POR), Leonardo Floravanti (ITA), Kolohe Andino (USA), and Samuel and Miguel Pupo (BRA).
Igarashi, the Huntington Beach local who surfs for Japan, is having fun and putting up big numbers.
"I'm super comfortable out there, I'm home right now, I think I've surfed these conditions a million times,"Igarasghi said. "I love surfing, i love surfing at home. I'm doing what I love and that makes it alot easier so yeah it's been an enjoyable week so far."
Enjoyable and productive.
So far, he has three of the top five scoring waves of the week for the men (8.87, 8.83, and 8.63) and the secnd and third highest scoring heats. For those keeping track USA's Griffin Colapinto has the highest wave and heat total of the competition (9.33, 17.00).
The unbeaten USA men, Kolohe Andino and Nat Young enjoyed good heats on Tuesday. Andino went to the air in his first heat and put up an 8.33,14.86 total while Young enjoyed a 7.67,13.84 heat.
On the Womens side, round three winners on Tuesday were Gabriela Bryan (USA), Mathea Dempfle-Olin (CAN), Dominic Barona (ECU), Sophie McCulloch (AUS), Daniella Rosas (PER), Pauline Ado (FRA), Teresa Bonvalot (POR), Anat Lailor (ISR), Rachel Presti (GER), Yolanda Hopkins (POR), Vahine Gierro (FRA), Nadia Erostarbe (ESP), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Amuro Tzuzuki (JPN), Kirra Pinkerton (USA) and Sanoa Dempfle-Olin (CAN).
On Wednesday, the repechage heats will continue in earnest as all surfers with a loss will try and stay alive to see day 6.