Costa Rica Perseveres Through Solid Surf Conditions at ISA Worlds in Japan September 17 2018

Anthony Fillingim showing technical mastery at Long Beach 

Day three of the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Games is underway with solid surf conditions at Long Beach in Tahara, Japan. The pumping, persistent swell has produced non-stop action and eye-catching performances from the world's best National Surfing Teams. Costa Rica's National Team is no exception.

 Tomas King, getting the job done

Costa Rica saw five of the six members of the national surf team pass Round One of the main event on Day One. As the Elimination Rounds begin today the team has three members who will compete in Round 3, Anthony Fillingim, Tomas King and Coral Wiggins. Fillingim and King have both been members of the National Open Surf Team in the past; this is Coral's first appearance. She competed last year as a member of the National Junior Surf Team in Hyuga.  

Eva Luna Woodland and Zulay Martinez will both give their best efforts in the Repercharge 2 round. Costa Rica's runner-up National Champion, Jair Perez, had to bid farewell to the event after not passing his second repercharge heat. He remains a strong force of spirit for the closely knit Ticos. 

Dimunitive and powerful Zulay Martinez

Anthony Fillingim scored the highest wave for the Ticos on Day 1 with a combo of 13 points (7.50 and 5.50). He credits coach Jim Hogan for helping prepare him. The team faced competitors from Russia, Spain, El Salvador, the Philippines, Fiji, Korea, China and Senegal. 

The highest wave of Day 1 by any competitor came from Angelo  Bonomelli from Team Italy. He was able to score a right-hand barrel for an almost perfect 9.93 score from the judges. Anthony has surfed many of the well-known Costa Rica breaks and has also competed here regularly. 

WCT competitor Paige Hareb of New Zealand was the top performer for the women, easily securing a round 3 spot with the highest women’s heat total of 15.37. Her single wave score of 9 points has also been the highest for the women's competition. Paige competed in the Essential Costa Rica Pro in Esterillos Este in 2016.

Paige Hareb, Team New Zealand (Courtesy, Ben Reed, ISA)

Nine of the 42 nations present in Tahara said farewell after Day 2. Of the 198 competitors who started on Saturday, the competition has 135 left in total.

“Today the ISA team spirit was radiating on the beach. The National Teams were shouting and cheering all day, not just for their own team, but also in support of other nations’ competitors. It was a show of true team camaraderie. Competition is heating up as we take one step closer to the finals. I am looking forward to seeing who will rise above the rest and earn the Gold Medals.” - ISA President Fernando Aguerre 

Costa Rica is currently ranked 12th in the competitive field that remains, including WCT performers with seasoned experience. The spirit of the Ticos remains stronger and united than ever. Heard from the beach, the unified cry of "Quienes somos? Ticooos!De donde somos? Costa Rica! " rings out, continuing to make this national team a definite crowd favorite. 

Last year, Team Costa Rica finished in ninth position overall at the ISA World Surfing Games in Biarritz, boosted immensely by Leilani McGonagle's outstanding second place finish for the Women. The Costa Rica National Team earned their way to the finals of the Aloha Cup tag team event. They gained a spot on the podium for their noteworthy 4th place finish in an exciting final to receive Copper medals. 

Monday Heats for Costa Rica's National Team (Costa Rica Standard Time)

Heat #3 – Ronda 3 – 6pm
Anthony Fillingim
Jhonny Corzo (MEX)
Shun Murakami (JPN)
Cody Young (CAN)

Heat #6 – Ronda 3 – 7pm
Tomas King
Peter Devries (CAN)
Alonso Correa (PER)
Israel Barona (ECU)

Heat #4 – Ronda 3 – 10:00 pm
Coral Wiggins
Nicole Pallet (SUD)
Bianca Buitendag (SUD)
Justine Dupont (FRA)

Heat #4 – REP 2 – 6:45 pm
Zulay Martinez
Asaya Brusa (MEX)
Samanta Alonso (PAN)
Zoe Steyn (SUD)lj

Heat #6 – REP 2 – 7:15 pm
Eva Woodland
Natalia Escobar (CHI)
Alena Ehrenbolt (SUI)
Km Benneth (FIJ)

All Photos Courtesy of  Freddie Wiggins, Jim Hogan and The Federation of Surf Costa Rica, except where noted. 

Author Kate Hanley, Pura Vida Board Gear 

Special Thanks To Carlos Brenes, The Federation of Surf Costa Rica and ISA for providing the information for this article and schedule . 

Follow Costa Rica's national performances and updates on instagram @fedesurfcr and website fedesurfcr.com 

Watch live action for Day 3, and remaining days of competition, at isasurf.org.