Major Upsets In The 2024 ISA World Surfing Games   - Stab Mag

Now Live: Ferrari Boyz With Harry Bryant (Redux)

Erin Brooks, pre-loss (presumably). Photo by Pablo Franco

Major Upsets In The 2024 ISA World Surfing Games  

Erin Brooks, Kanoa Igarashi, Jordy Smith and more get knocked from 20-round Puerto Rican slugfest.

news // Mar 1, 2024
Words by Jesse Starling
Reading Time: 2 minutes

As the battle for Olympic qualification continues in Puerto Rico, we shed a tear for the recently-approved Canadian citizen and Stab High Ladybird winner Erin Brooks, whose dream of flying the maple flag in Paris later this year has come crashing down. 

After being knocked by Tahiti’s Vahine Fierro in round 2 of the ISA World Surfing Games (WSG), Erin was forced to start the eight-heat quest for qualification through the repechage round, which was cut short in her first elimination matchup yesterday. Erin marginally lost to Great Britain’s Alys Barton, needing a 3.90 in deteriorating conditions. 

With consistent results in waves of truth, including the Rippy Padang Cup against Clay Marzo in 2022 and the Vans Pipe Masters in 2023, Erin would have been one of the front-runners in this year’s Teahupo’o Olympics. Coming up against Molly Picklum, Caity Simmers, Vahine Fierro and the reigning gold medalist Carissa Moore, Erin’s road to victory would have been tough yet doable.   

After being an official Canadian Citizen for six weeks, Erin will now have to refocus her sights on the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028.  

Other surprising 2024 WSG losers include the 2020 Olympic silver medalist Kanoa Igarashi, who won the World Surfing Games for Team Japan in 2022 but was defeated with a 6.00 total in repechage round 3. Current world number four, Jordy Smith, also lost with a pitiful scoreline (4.43) in repechage round 3, and world number two Caity Simmers was sent packing with a mere 3.5 points to her name.

Fortunately for Caity, Kanoa and Jordy, they’re all pre-qualified for the 2024 Olympic Games. And considering the Portugal CT starts on March 6, it’s probably in their best interest not to surf another 34 heats in in Puerto Rico. Their losses, while not necessarily intentional, are probably beneficial.

Watch day of the 2024 ISA WSG 6 tomorrow.


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

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

How Sophie McCulloch Broke Her Back At The Box Three Days After Being Cut From The CT

The untold brutal side story of finals day in WA.

Apr 24, 2024

The Cut Wasn’t The Surf Fans’ Idea — But It Might Be Our Fault

Psychoanalyzing surfing’s highly sadistic audience (us!).

Apr 23, 2024

How Surfers (And Skiers/Snowboarders) Could Be Using Buoys Better

Snow in Japan = waves at Pipe = snow in Utah, @PowderBuoy told us.

Apr 22, 2024

How Did Sydney’s Hottest Landscape Architect Stack So Many Clips Less Than 10Kms From Centrepoint Tower? 

Fraser Dovell is a man of culture, taste and jabbing North Av lefts in the…

Apr 22, 2024

Full Frame: The Other Side Of Nazaré

The death of a wave, and the birth of an entire genre of surf. 

Apr 21, 2024

Jack Robbo Double Beats Double John At Margies, Gabriela Bryan Dodges Dolphins For Maiden Win

The cut is finished - WA finals recap.

Apr 21, 2024

Watch: A Leisurely Day With Fingal’s-Most-Wanted Foamball Wrangler

Lungi Slabb and filmmaker Beren Hall offer insight into the exact specs which bring GoPro…

Apr 20, 2024

The Stab Interview: Chippa Wilson

On childhood bullies, surfing bigger waves, the making of 'Zipper', and what's on the horizon…

Apr 19, 2024

Medina Cooked at WSL Judges’ BBQ, George Pittar Flares En Route To Finals Day

Four heats, a nine point ride, and some brotherly tears.

Apr 19, 2024

Ferrari Boyz: Harry Bryant (Redux)

A Land Cruiser, a shitting collie, a tank of petrol, and a wild Haz in…

Apr 18, 2024

Surprise! Margies Ran At Southside Today

No rest for the wicked - day 5 WA recap.

Apr 18, 2024

A Dispatch From The Best Run Of Swell Northwest Australia May Ever See

Three weeks of pumping surf, two decades ago, that changed this writer's life.

Apr 17, 2024

Nichols, Silva + Spencer Cut, Robinson Lives To Fight Another Day

Waiting: a polite term for slowly losing your mind - here's what happened in WA…

Apr 17, 2024

The Pupo Brothers Will Face Off At Margs, And Only The Winner Can Stay On Tour

Let's look at every match-up that will seal a CT surfer's fate.

Apr 16, 2024


After 30 seasons on tour, 56 event wins & 11 world titles, Kelly Slater has…

Apr 16, 2024

Slater Takes His Last Dance, 7 More Men Axed From The CT

Day 3 WA recap.

Apr 16, 2024

Did Kelly Slater Just Retire?

3 decades, 56 event wins, and 11 World Titles later.

Apr 16, 2024

Goofies Dominate, Ewing Detonates, The GOAT Is Led To Slaughter

Once cut, twice shy.

Apr 15, 2024