Noe Mar McGonagle and Carlos Munoz enter Top 16 of WQS Ranking May 11 2015
This past weekend, with their performances at the Quiksilver Saquarema Pro in Brazil, Tico surfers Noe Mar McGonagle and Carlos Munoz achieved Tico history by being the first two guys to enter the top 16 ranking on the WQS (World Qualifying Series) for the WSL (World Surfing League).
Noe Mar surfed his way to the semi final round, where he went wave for wave against Brazilian surfer Alex Ribeiro, who eventually won the entire event. Noe Mar fell short by .27 of a point in an exciting heat that went to the buzzer as fans waited for the final wave score. The tico surfer from Pavones finished with a combined score of 15.60 against the Brazilian's 15.87.
Carlos Munoz lost to Jeremy Flores of France in an intense quarter final heat, combining a 13.40 best two wave score to Flores' 15.77. Flores went on to win his semi final heat and eventually conceded to Ribeiro in the final.
With Noe Mar's and Carlos' performances, they earned 6,500 and 5,200 points respectively to earn them the highest ranking in tico history to date in the WQS; Noe Mar is currently ranked 12th and Carlos 16th. Wiith many contests remaining, both surfers should have plenty more opportunities to realize their dreams of entering the ranks of the professional surfing series of the World Surfing League.
Thank you to Gabriel Vargas B. of TicoDeporte in Costa RIca for providing information for this post.
Photos provided by Lisbeth Vindas Dias, current national women's champion of Costa Rica