The Hyundai Barbados national surf team of Chelsea Tuach, Bruce Mackie and Lewis St. John have been performing impressively so far at the International Surfing Association’s World Surfing Games being held at Popoyo Beach, Nicaragua.
Tuach clinched a key victory on Thursday over Number 1 Australian surfer Phillipa Anderson, who finished second and Dominic Barona, last year’s silver medallist, who was third and Kristal Hernández from Mexico who was fourth.
This puts Tuach in Qualifying Round 3 of the women, just three rounds shy of the final. She will be coming up against Ella Williams from New Zealand, Codie Klein from Australia and Lucia Cosoleto from Argentina in the next round. Tuach has been surfing strongly on her backhand in the overhead conditions on offer at Popoyo Beach gaining scores in the good to excellent in all of her heats.
Mackie also had a crucial win today in his Round 3 match-up with defending champion Leandro Usuna from Argentina who was second, Miguel Tudela from Peru was third and J C Susan from New Zealand finished fourth. Mackie got a fast start to drop a 7.5 on his first wave with his critical backhand surfing. He then found a second good wave in short order to score a 7.53 and lead the heat from start to finish.
St John dropped into the repercharge rounds after Round 2 of the Men’s Division but rallied to win his repercharge Round 2 Heat yesterday with his powerful, on-rail surfing. Unfortunately, he could not find the same form today in his repercharge Round 3 heat, losing to Anthony Filligan from Costa Rica, Angelo Lozano from Mexico and Dykan Hayllar from Australia. St John still had a creditable showing, ending 43rd overall out of 96 surfers.
The team is being coached by world class coach Jim Hogan.
“Chelsea, Bruce and Lewis are top surfers and they have been showcasing their talents for the world to see. We’re going to continue to take it heat by heat and see where it takes us,” Hogan said proudly, after Mackie and Tuach advanced to the next round of competition. (MT)