Ex-ASP champion Sunny Garcia knocked out of Hainan Classic
"I am super stoked to have turned on the live streaming webcast to see pumping surf at Riyue Bay this morning,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “The improved conditions are allowing the surfers to perform at the highest level of competition. I’m looking forward to the final day and to the presentation of the Hainan Classic trophy to the Champion. May the best surfer win.”
Day 2 of competition also featured big upsets. 2000 ASP World Tour Champion, Sunny Garcia (HAW) placed 3rd in Round 3 forcing him out of the competition, and Hainan Classic defending champion Glenn Hall (IRL) who qualified for this year’s ASP World Tour, but lost in the last heat of the day. Caio Ibelli (BRA) was on fire today, nabbing the two highest heat scores of the day, 17.67 in his Round 3 heat and 17.50 in his Round 2 heat. Also, for the second day in a row, Peru’s Carlos Zapata was a standout tying Ibelli for the second highest heat score of the day with 17.50.
Other notable performances came from Kanoa Igarashi (USA), who earned the highest single wave score of the day with a 9.50 and Australia’s Davey Cathels and Cooper Chapman who both got 9.00-point rides. One of the best heats of the day featured a high scoring affair and fierce competition between Indonesia’s Made Widiarta (15.10), Mitch Crews (AUS, 14.53), Davey Cathels (AUS, 14.00), and Vincent Duvignac’s (FRA, 9.57). Widiarta is Indonesia’s and one of the world’s most promising young surfers.
The second day of the Hainan Classic saw the completion through the second heat of Round 4. The event resumes on Wednesday at 7:40am with the ISA Morning Show, followed at 8am when competition starts and a new Hainan Classic Champion will be crowned.
Here is the schedule:
Wednesday, 7:40am China
Tuesday, 3:40pm West Coast USA
Wednesday, 12:40am Western Europe
Wednesday, 10:40am Sydney Australia
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