10 January 2024, San Juan, La Union, Philippines: The Single & Unattached Classic Single Fin Invitational competition started off this morning at Mona Lisa Point in sometimes challenging 2-4 foot surf and slight onshore wind, finishing Men’s First Round, Women’s First Round, and Men’s Elimination Round by late afternoon under increasing onshore winds.
There was no shortage of lost boards and competitors swimming after their lost equipment due to the no-lease “Unattached” rule, but it certainly added to the excitement by providing a high degree of anticipation as boards making their way towards the beach were rescued by friends on the beach as well as by fellow competitors, while trying to avoid sustaining damage from washing up onto the reef at the shoreline.
To nobody’s surprise, it was local hero Jay-R Esquivel who posted the highest single wave score of the day, an almost perfect 9.10 out of 10 points, as well as the highest combined heat score of 15.60 out of a possible 20 points. His mastery of Mona Lisa Point and his ability to perform a wide variety of complex maneuvers while being perfectly in control was certainly his ticket to earning the top scores from the judging panel, headed by Mike Oida.
On the Women’s side, it was Japan’s Hiroka Yoshikawa who earned a 7.0 and a 6.5 in Heat 8 of the Women’s Round 1 for a highest combined heat score of 13.50. She took on the deteriorating conditions head on with no hesitation, gracefully mixing turns and nose rides to win the heat. The only other female competitor to post an equally high single wave score was Sivelia Jarrad with 7.0 in Heat 4.
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Tomorrow’s swell forecast shows a slight increase in swell with onshore morning winds similar to today and stronger onshore winds in the afternoon, but Mother Nature is never predictable so we’ll just have to wait and see. The organizers have put out the call for 7:00 am with a potential 7:30 start, with all divisions on standby.
Hiroka Yoshikawa / photo by Tim Hain
Matt Chojnacki / photo by Tim Hain
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