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Rachael Tilly of Capistrano Beach is still in the running for an individual medal at the 2013 ISA World Longboard Championship in Peru, team medal hopes dashed
By Andrea Swayne
Team USA may be out of the running for a team medal at the International Surfing Association World Longboard Championship in Peru but Capistrano Beach surfer Rachael Tilly remains on the hunt for an individual-title.
Going into the event, the U.S. team was favored to win a medal, but dreams of bringing home a team title were dashed by the elimination of the men: Tony Silvagni (North Carolina) defending ISA World Longboard Champion; Taylor Jensen (Oceanside) two-time and current Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour Longboard champion and five-time ASP North American Champion; and in the junior division, Nick Anderberg, (Cardiff-by-the-Sea) 2013 Surfing America USA Boys Under 18 Longboard Champion.
Now, with the last day of competition set for Saturday, Tilly, the 2103 ASP North American Women’s Longboard Champion and five-time Western Surfing Association West Coast Champion, is the last American standing.
“The waves are so good right now as they are peeling down the point,” Tilly said in an ISA interview Thursday. “I was able to find the right ones that connected all the way, which was such a blessing. I’m really happy I was able to make it through this heat with good scores.”
Despite illness that ran rampant among her and her teammates, Tilly is hanging in there. And with the highest two-wave total heat score of the event in the women’s division, 14.66 (out of 20), she’s feeling better and looking strong going into tomorrow’s competition.
She is set to surf Saturday, in the last repechage round, where a first- or second-place finish means advancement into the final, also scheduled for Saturday.
“Being in the repechage is nerve-wracking,” Tilly said. “It makes you more amped to want to advance. I’m just super stoked to be here in Peru, and I had so much fun out there.”
Tilly’s heat is set to start at 8:20 a.m. and can be viewed via live webcast at www.isawlc.com/live.
TEAM STANDINGS GOING INTO DAY 6
1- France- 5,720
2- South Africa- 5,000
3- Peru- 4,665
4- Brazil- 4,428
5- Hawaii- 4,056
6- Argentina- 3,800
7- Great Britain- 3,758
8- USA- 3,276
9- Venezuela- 3,200
10- Australia- 2,636
11- New Zealand- 2,500
12- Ecuador- 2,425
13- Uruguay- 1,855
14- Dominican Republic- 1,745
15- Japan- 1,735
16- Mexico- 1,546
17- Costa Rica- 1,380
18- Puerto Rico- 1,320
19- Italy- 1,170
20- Canada- 875
21- Chile- 660
22- Panama- 600