After seven grueling days of competition, the ISA World Games at Huntington Beach are headed for the finals on Saturday to see which country will earn an extra person in the 2024 Paris Olympics.
On the Men's side, the undefeated surfers are Kanoa Igarashi (Japan), Lucca Mesinas (Peru), Guilherme Fonseca (Portugal) and Nat Young (USA).
The four of them will surf Saturday in the winners bracket final. The two top finishers will go into the championship heat, the third and fourth finishers will go into the repechage finals.
They will meet the two top finishers in the repechage final that includes Rio Waida and I Ketut Agus from (Indonesia), Jackson Baker (Australia) and Kolohe Andino (USA).
Waida, who finished Number 1 on the Men's WSL Challenger Series this year, has been the story of the week so far.
He took a surprising loss in the first round and went immediately into the repechage. Since then, he has passed through 10 rounds of do or die heats (6 wins ans 4 seconds) to make the final 8.
On the Womens side, the winner's final is made up of Teresa Bonvalot (Portugal), Kirra Pinkerton (USA), Pauline Ado (France) and Daniella Rosas (Peru).
Still alive on the repechage side are Sally Fitzgibbons and Sophie McCulloch (Australia), Yolanda Hopkins (Portugal) and Rachel Presti (Germany).
The USA is currently in first place in the standings with 4,130 points, slightly ahead of Australia's 4,040 and Portugals 3,980.
Both the USA and Australia each have 3 surfers left while Portugal has 2.