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Day 4 at Costa de Caparica, Portugal

Day 4 has dawned and the ISA World Surfing Games are well underway. The wave action has been smaller than anticipated but this hasn’t lessened the competitive spirit that was running high by the end of the third day.

Yesterday saw heats for the Surf Open, Surf Ladies, Bodyboard Open, Bodyboard Ladies and Longboard.

There have been some outstanding performances from newcomers and youngsters who are determined to keep the older generation on their toes.

The heats for the Ladies Surf were highlighted with a superb performance from 17 yr old Australian, Sally Fitzgibbons.

Fitzgibbons, who won in Costa de Caparica at the World Junior Surfing Championship last year, produced the highest combined scores in both her first and second round heats, 14.17 and 15.00 respectively. The Australian easily made it through to the finals.

The talented youngster said, “It’s good to get in the water today. We’ve had a couple of days off watching the boys in other divisions. Conditions all through the day are very contestable and it’s pretty hard now to pick those high scorers. All the girls are surfing really well and just hope to keep moving through a couple more rounds and have a little but of fun. I’ve been feeling good and the Aussie Team too!”

Fitzgibbons is the reigning ASP World Junior Champion and has already made ASP history by securing enough ratings points on the ASP World Qualifying Series to qualify for the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour… well before this season’s halfway point – a feat that has never been accomplished before by any surfer, male or female.

Sally Fitzgibbons : photo Steve Robertson

Tamaroa McComb, a 16 yr old from Tahiti, is also giving his competitors in these Games something to think about. He was crowned ISA World Junior Champion in the Under 16 division five months ago on the French coast and his talent ensured that he was selected for the Tahitian Surfing Team as an Open surfer – despite his age. The gamble paid off – he posted an 18.17 score in the third round.

“I was a bit lucky to get the good ones. It was kind of hard out there since the tide was high but I just sat on the side and waited for the rights and they just came to me. I tried to do airs and carves,” McComb said, and commenting on his first time surfing for the Open Tahitian team, he said, “I heard that the Federation wanted me to come here, and I wanted exactly the same. It’s amazing to surf with the pros and push my level up.”

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