Costa Rica Shows Depth at World Surfing Games
With near perfect rides at the opening day of the World Surfing Games in Rivas, Nicaragua, the Costa Rican National Surfing Team flaunts its skills in the waves.
The event was inaugurated on Sunday, May 31st, in the city center of Rivas with a delegation of 27 nations marching through the city center. The first round of the event kicked off the next day, and the Costa Rican representatives in the competition did very well. The Costa Rican National Surfing Team is likely to see multiple medals at the tournament.
Anthony Fillingim received high marks of 15.33 in the 6th heat. He passed his competition from Panama and Nicaragua by a significant margin. The previous World Junior Surfing bronze medalist Noe Mar MacGonagle completed heat #10 with a score of 9.63, thus propelling himself ahead of competitors from Israel and Brazil. Carlos Muñoz left his competition from Panama, Israel and Portugal in the wake after scoring 13.33 in the 14th Heat, and Jason Torres finished third in Heat #18 with a score of 7.34.
Lisbeth Vindas and Leilani MacGonagle will be debuting on the 2nd day of the ISA World Surfing Games, and Costa Rica is very likely to medal on multiple counts barring low scores by these two proficient surfers. Leilani recently took first place in Rio de Janeiro hosted Rip Curl Grom Search International. She, her brother and Carlos Muñoz represent three major forces coming from Costa Rica into the world surf competition scene, and wins at the World Surfing Games will further their already impressive records.