Leilani McGonagle wins bronze medal at World Surfing Games

May 23, 2017

Costa Rican surfing star Leilani McGonagle gave the country its first medal at the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games, in Biarritz, France on Monday.

The Pavones surfer won a bronze medal and scored a 8.4, despite facing problems with the lack of good waves. Two local surfers, Johanne Defay and Pauline Ado, took the top two spots.

“I wanted to do my best for my country. [The bronze] is not exactly what I wanted. I wanted the gold for the team, but it wasn’t possible this time,” she said in a statement from the Costa Rica Surf Federation.

The medal is McGonagle’s fifth at a World Surfing competition.

The other Tica surfer, Emilie Gussoni, also had a good performance and ranked in the top 25 among 96 surfers.

Men’s round

Jair Perez recorded the second-best wave and second-highest combination of the day at 15.26 (8.93 + 6.33).

Costa Rican champion Anthony Fillingim topped surfers from Germany, Switzerland and Wales and won his heat. He ended the day with the sixth-highest score.

Jason Torres y Leonardo Calvo will compete on Tuesday for a chance in the next round.

Results so far allowed Team Costa Rica to end the third day in fifth place at the World Games, an event that brings together surfers from 47 countries.

The Ticos placed fifth at last year’s games, which Costa Rica hosted in the Central Pacific town of Jacó.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Navas plays, Real Madrid falls 2-0 in what could be Tico goalkeeper’s final game
Keylor Navas
12 views
Keylor Navas
12 views

Navas plays, Real Madrid falls 2-0 in what could be Tico goalkeeper’s final game

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 19, 2019

Real Madrid closed its season with a 2-0 home defeat to Real Betis on Sunday in what was likely Keylor…

Slothy Sunday: For the love of sloths
Animal welfare
28 views
Animal welfare
28 views

Slothy Sunday: For the love of sloths

Denise Gillen / Toucan Rescue Ranch - May 19, 2019

There are thousands of cute sloth photos floating around the internet, and we all love to ooh and aah over…

Morning-after pill can now be sold without a prescription in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
83 views
Costa Rica
83 views

Morning-after pill can now be sold without a prescription in Costa Rica

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 18, 2019

Levonorgestrel, marketed commercially as "Plan B" and commonly known as the morning-after pill, can legally be sold without a prescription…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!