STOP THE OLYMPICS, #LetCarlosSurf Goes Bezerk On Opening Day Of Competition - Stab Mag

Stab High Japan Presented By Monster Energy Will Be Broadcast Live On June 21st and June 22nd from 5 PM - 10 PM PDT

The Inaugural Address of Olympic Surfing. Photo by Pablo Jimenez/ISA

STOP THE OLYMPICS, #LetCarlosSurf Goes Bezerk On Opening Day Of Competition

Olympic surfing makes its debut at Tsurigasaki Beach, Chiba!

news // Jul 25, 2021
Words by Ethan Davis
Reading Time: 5 minutes

Pre-heat pump ups, five man heats, and many surprises. Surfing flexed its funny muscle at its inaugural Olympic address. 

Carlos Munoz is the biggest olympic story today, despite not being in the country. Following a post on Stab’s Instagram this morning, more than 8000 people commented asking for Round Two of the Men’s competition to be postponed until tomorrow, so Munoz could have a crack at the podium. It was our most commented Instagram post of the past two years.

Evan Quarnstrom, Marketing and Media Manager of the ISA said in an email thread, “Carlos’ arrival will not factor into any schedule decisions”. That is, before the post went viral and it was no longer a trivial matter.

The Olympics is a hugely significant journey for athletes, Carlos had the support of a nation behind him, as well as those in the international surfing community who crossed toes and touched wood for Eric Krammer’s (Contest Director) mercy. 

Ultimately, there was none, and the show went on without Munoz, who will arrive in Japan late tonight without a shot of an Olympic medal. Women’s and men’s Rounds 1 and 2 ran today, with 39 competitors instead of 40. On paper, it was a mix of the world’s best surfers and a few lower-level pros who benefitted from the qualification structure competing in fun—and frankly average—waves. But, it was also the fucking Olympics. So let’s talk highlights. 

No surprises here. Italo had the men’s highest heat total of the day with 13.67 points. Photo by Pablo Jimenez/ISA

While he Carlos was on a plane, surfing’s first-ever Olympic heat saw Italo landing air reverses, an Argentinian fella named Usuna trying to do foam climbs, and Leo Fioravanti having a Round 1 shocker. If I were Jordy’s knee I would be mad. Hiroto Ohhara looked at home in Shidashita drivel (weird that), going tit-for-tat on the exchange with Italo, until Italo’s sixth coffee kicked in and he stomped three backside air reverses in the final 10 minutes. Kanoa was clinical and composed in his heat catching the best waves of the day by far.

In heat three, Kolohe played with his legrope and Julian looked tougher than woodpecker lips during the pre-heat pump up – before sitting on his board for twenty-five minutes, contemplating whether the radioactive fallout of Fukushima in the water was distorting his A-grade genome. In the end it was the Peruvian, Lucas Mesinas, who stitched together the highest heat total moving straight into round three with Kolohe close behind.

Did Gabby’s pre-contest IG sermon theft rattle John? John fell on four of his first five waves and he looked shaky until the repechage round. But more importantly, Ramzi Boukhaim is a hunk and possesses one of the best backhand whips in the business. Although his backup score was dud and Owen Wright schliped him in the final seconds, the moroccan lamb slaughterer looked hungry. 

Kolohe starts his Olympic campaign. Photo by Pablo Jimenez/ISA

On the Women’s side of the draw, Carissa did what Carissa does, linking together solid turns while some relatively unknown youngsters battled for second place. Sally Fitzgibbons clutched first in a tightly-contested heat over Bianca Buitendag and Brissa Hennesy. Steph, in Steph-fashion, stopped to pick up rubbish on her way into the water before taking an Israeli Defence Force soldier to combotown with the overall highest heat total of the day with 14.50 points.

Tatiana Weston Webb was another standout in the women’s, completing a series of sharp nooners’ in fast succession that should put fellow competitors on high alert. In the final heat of the non-elimination round, it was Caroline Marks, the 19 year old wizz-kid who stripped off her Ralph Lauren kit and put on a comp-surfing masterclass leaving a three point gap between herself and second place.

Carissa. Photo by Ben Reed/ISA

The repechage round saw John steady himself and sneak past Billy Stairmand with Rio Waida. Leo lubed up the rusted hinges to advance into round three with Jules and Jeremy. 

In the women’s repechage, both Tsuzuki and Maeda advanced keeping both hometown surfers in the mix. Sofia Mulanovich, the 38 year old 2004 World champ, was the surprise star of day one, executing two critical snaps to jump from fifth to third in the dying seconds of the day.


Mens Round One 

Heat One: I. Ferreira (13.67), H. Ohhara (11.40) DEF L. Fioravanti (9.43), L. Usuna (8.27)

Heat Two: K. Igarashi (12.77), M. Tudela (10.67) DEF B. Stairmand (9.97), J. Flores (7.63)

Heat Three: L. Mesinas (11.40), K. Andino (10.27) DEF  R. Waida (9.96), J. Wilson (8.77)

Heat Four: O. Wright (10.40), R. Boukhiam (10.23), DEF J. Florence (8.37), M. Selman (6.20)

Heat Five: G. Medina (12.23), M. Bourez (10.10), DEF L. Glatzer (10.00), C. Munoz (DNS)

Womens Round One

Heat One: C. Moore (11.74), T. Bonvalot (9.80) DEF D. Barona (7.66), D. Rosas (7.50)

Heat Two: S. Fitzgibbons (12.50), B. Hennessy (12.20) DEF B. Buitendag (11.44), M. Maeda (9.20)

Heat Three: S. Gilmore (14.50), S. Lima (12.13) DEF P. Ado (9.17), A. Lelior (7.77)

Heat Four: T. Weston-Webb (11.33), J. Defay (10.60) DEF S. Mulanovich (7.80), A. Tsuzuki (6.99)

Heat Five: C. Marks (13.40), E. Williams (9.70) DEF L. McGonagle (9.64), Y. Hopkins (9.24)

Men’s Repechage Round

Heat One: J. Florence (12.77), R. Waida (11.53), B. Stairmand (11.34) DEF M. Selman (9.74), C. Munoz (DNS)

Heat Two: L. Fioravanti (12.53), J. Flores (11.37), J. Wilson (11.27) DEF L. Glatzer (10.43), L. Usuna (9.67)

Women’s Repechage Round

Heat One: A. Tsuzuki (11.60), B. Buitendag (10.40), M. Maeda (9.63) DEF L. McGonagle (9.63), D. Barona (8.87)

Heat Two: Y. Hopkins (11.80), P. Ado (9.66), S. Mulanovich (6.50) DEF A. Lelior (8.93), D. Rosas (6.50)


Men’s Round Three

Heat One: K. Igarashi vs R. Waida

Heat Two: K. Andino vs J. Florence

Heat Three: M. Bourez vs R Boukhiam

Heat Four: G. Medina vs J. Wilson

Heat Five: I. Ferreira vs B. Stairmand

Heat Six: H. Ohhara vs M. Tudela

Heat Seven: L. Mesinas vs L. Fioravanti

Heat Eight: O. Wright vs J. Flores

Women’s Round Three

Heat One: S. Gilmore vs B. Buitendag

Heat Two: J. Defay vs Y. Hopkins

Heat Three: B. Hennessy vs E. Williams

Heat Four: C. Marks vs M. Maeda

Heat Five: C. Moore vs S. Mulanovich

Heat Six: S. Lima vs T. Bonvalot

Heat Seven: T. Weston-Webb vs A. Tsuzuki

Heat Eight: S. Fitzgibbons vs P. Ado


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

Allow Us To Introduce The YETI Ladybirds And Bottle Rockets Of Stab High Japan Presented By Monster Energy

Here's our schoolyard pick for teams; who will win the most cred at the lunch…

Jun 17, 2024

Prediction: Moving The WSL Finals To Fiji Will Kill Off Two More Surfing Superstars

Is this JJF's time to collect his titles? We checked the stats.

Jun 17, 2024

Confirmed: Fiji To Host 2025 WSL Finals

Cloudbreak will remain on tour until 2026.

Jun 17, 2024

What’s The Secret To Powersurfing?

Taylor Knox, Kyuss King, and Jessi Miley-Dyer tackle a trio of questions in our third…

Jun 16, 2024

How To Win Stab High Japan, Presented By Monster Energy

A statistical analysis of the 493 airs attempted in previous chlorinated editions.

Jun 16, 2024

Watch: An Intimate Portrait Of The Wave, Village, And People At The End Of The Road

Oxbow’s ‘Children of Teahupo’o’ is playing exclusively on Stab Premium for the next two weeks. 

Jun 15, 2024

Fuck It, Run The Entire CT In Indo

A historic beginning to the Indonesian dry season.

Jun 14, 2024

Ferrari Boyz: Holly Wawn

"I've had 4, 5, maybe 6 cars... I'm a car dealer I reckon."

Jun 13, 2024

A Miscalculated Shallow Dive, Neck-First, Into The Waters Of Japanese Surfing

How is surfing different in the land of cherry blossoms?

Jun 13, 2024

How Has Ian Crane Made 4/5 Stab High Finals?

And who he's most afraid of competing against in Japan.

Jun 13, 2024

“I Haven’t Seen Anyone That Young And That Keen For Heavy Waves In A Decade” —Shane Dorian

Jacob Turner is 16 years old and trying to paddle tow sets at Teahupo'o...on his…

Jun 12, 2024

Long Read: 1,000 Ways To Die In Indonesia

18,000 islands of beautiful people, world-class waves, and danger around every corner.

Jun 11, 2024

Watch: Craig Anderson And Kaito Ohashi Find (Mostly) Empty Waves In Southeast Asia

Oh, and enter to win a grand worth of DB gear.

Jun 11, 2024

Brad Gerlach Rode A 600cc Motorbike Through Europe’s 1980’s Psychedelic Renaissance  

"Fuck London. Let’s just buy motorcycles tomorrow and drive to France, man."

Jun 11, 2024

Caroline Marks Goes Two-In-A-Row And John John Florence Wins First CT Event Since 2020 At The Surf City El Salvador Pro

Plus, we asked Chris Cote for a look into the commentary team's psyche and Griff…

Jun 9, 2024

Why Is Mavericks Core Getting Overrun By Yuppies?

And other questions from our audience — answered by Pete Mel, Mick Fanning, and Joel…

Jun 9, 2024

Everything Worth Remembering From 4 (Mostly) Forgettable Quarterfinals In El Salvador

Plus, what's the consensus on the Griff vs. João kerfluffle?

Jun 8, 2024

Wildcard Big-dogs Italo, Yago Pops The Cork, And Griffin Cops An Ambiguous Interference On Day 2 In El Salvador

"Honestly, that was a bad... uhh I mean, a tough call." - Strider

Jun 8, 2024