Boards catches up with ISA SUP World Championship competitor Andre Le Geyt to see how he and the team are getting on in Peru.
Andre Le Geyt. Image credit ISA/Michael Tweddle
Day two was the distance done on a very foggy course with waves to go in and out of at each end of the course. Team GB members did amazingly, with Marie Buchanan placing sixth in the ladies, Ollie Shilston 12th in the men’s and Charlie Grey 17th in the men’s!! I ended up equal 16th in the men’s prone having never done it before so was quite happy!! But quite gutted as they stopped it short because the fog got so thick !! I was 2k from the finish gutted doesn’t come close !! At the front there was a very close race with Jamie Mitchell coming first !!
I was in the first heat I had one wave, with 5 mins left the other guy on the inside one score to get feeling good when the fog came down !! Sat around waiting for the restart for 6 hours when it came the surf was a lot worse and my opponent just hassled me so I couldn’t get a wave ! Again fog not my friend I lost by 0.3 gutted !! Jimbo surfed well but was unlucky with wave selection which was a lottery !!
The surfing was going through the roof some amazing performances from the usual suspects but a Japanese guy was going really well as we as the local Peru riders !! Abi Barker Smith was unlucky in her heat as big sets where washing through and it was hard to line up ! But she tried her best and hats off for going out, it was solid !! The two men’s tech races where unreal double overhead waves !! Ollie Shilston was awesome !! He was battling with Jamie Mitchell and Eric Terrien and was just pipped on the line to take 5th ! Paul Byrne from Ireland had the wave !! From the outside marker to the inside buoy it had the crowd on its feet !! He also made it to the finals !! Charlie Grey was in heat two and put on a fantastic performance in the heat 2 where the sets didn’t seem to stop to also qualify for the final !! I can’t wait to see that !!
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