Olympics-Surfing-Good waves hard to come by as Gilmore, Florence exit in last 16

Florence had made an amazing recovery from a cruciate ligament injury to make it to Tokyo but was defeated by fellow American Kolohe Andino, who hit a high score on his opening wave to take a commanding lead that he never relinquished. "It was definitely hard to find good waves, there's waves coming from every direction right now, and so it's hard to find one with an open face to it," two-time world champion Florence told reporters. the waves will definitely come," the 23-year-old told reporters.


Reuters | Updated: 26-07-2021 11:56 IST | Created: 26-07-2021 11:56 IST
Olympics-Surfing-Good waves hard to come by as Gilmore, Florence exit in last 16

Australian world number five Stephanie Gilmore and American John John Florence both crashed out at the last 16 stage of the Olympic surfing competition on Monday amid turbulent conditions and unpredictable waves at the Tsurigasaki Surf Beach. Florence had made an amazing recovery from a cruciate ligament injury to make it to Tokyo but was defeated by fellow American Kolohe Andino, who hit a high score on his opening wave to take a commanding lead that he never relinquished.

"It was definitely hard to find good waves, there's waves coming from every direction right now, and so it's hard to find one with an open face to it," two-time world champion Florence told reporters. With the tricky, powerful swell making wave selection difficult, Gilmore came up short in her choices as South Africa's Bianca Buitendag swept to victory.

"That's just the nature of surfing, sometimes the waves are there, sometimes the waves are not," Gilmore, who has seven world championships to her name, told reporters. Judged on the combined scores from their two best waves, surfers in head-to-head heats are given priority when choosing which ones to ride.

When Gilmore passed up her chance on a promising wave Buitendag grabbed the opportunity, using it to post a score of 7.10 that proved pivotal. "I looked at that wave and I was like, it doesn't look that good, so I let her have it and she turned it into a seven, so that was the most frustrating thing to me - like, man, I should have just taken that wave," Gilmore, 33, said.

Few expected Buitendag to have any chance against the decorated Australian, but the lack of expectations allowed her to perform at her best as she won by a score of 13.93 to 10.00. "I had nothing to lose, absolutely no pressure. I am the underdog coming in at 17th seed for this event. I had nothing to lose and it's a really comfortable spot to be in," the beaming 27-year-old told reporters.

Local favourite Kanoa Igarashi, whose father learned to surf on the Tsurigasaki beach, beat Rio Waida of Indonesia to advance to the quarter-finals. "This is classic Japanese typhoon swell, and although it may look really tough, it's actually really fun. Knowing there's a lot of opportunities for us, it's relieving for a surfer ... the waves will definitely come," the 23-year-old told reporters.

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