Adin Masencamp got the team off to great start by winning his U16 boys’ Round 2 matchup, delivering an assured performance that earned a heat tally of 14.0 points and relegated opening day standout Logan Bediamol (HAW) to second place as they both moved through to the last 32 in the division’s Main Event stream.
That was followed by Sophie Bell racking up 9.50 points and grabbing second place in her U16 girls’ Round 1 clash behind Emily Gussoni from Costa Rica. Plucky nine year-old Candelaria Resano, who is competing in both the U16 and U18 girls’ divisions for Nicaragua, placed third with 6.50 points
Bell was back in the water on the South side of the Oceanside Pier just over two hours later but in similar fashion to her female teammates on Tuesday, she struggled to find the waves offering high scoring potential and placed third to drop into the Repercharge Rounds in the double elimination format.
The rest of the day’s action consisted of Repercharge Rounds where the competitors who do not make the top two in their Main Event heats get a second chance to stay in the competition. Those finishing outside the top two in repercharge heats are eliminated from the event.
Joshe Faulkner, SA’s only repercharge casualty on the opening day of competition, got his campaign back on track with a solid 12.94 heat winning tally to advance to U16 boys’ Repercharge Round 2 where he faces opponents from Chile, Ecuador and Panama later today.
Teal Hogg secured a comfortable heat win in the U18 girls’ division, as did Chanelle Botha, with both girls progressing to Repercharge Round 2.