Costa Rican surfers Leilani McGonagle and Brisa Hennessy confirmed their participation in the upcoming ISA World Surfing Games 2019.
McGonagle currently sits in the ranking in position 26 in the second division while Hennessy holds the 8th place in the first division; the two athletes will be traveling to Japan next September.
The participation of the Costa Ricans in the World Surfing Games puts them a step closer to the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, since taking part of the ISA 2019 games is a requisite for the best three athletes per country to classify to the Olympics where surf was included for the first time.
“The 2019 edition of the WSG is set to be a historic landmark in the history of Surfing serving as the first event to directly qualify surfers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics”.
The Costa Rican Surf Federation has yet to announce the names of the other 4 athletes (3 men and 1 woman) who will complete the country’s representation in the ISA World Surfing Games.
“Kisakihama Beach, located on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, is known as one of the top surfing destinations in Japan, providing excellent waves and a record of hosting numerous elite competitions”, reads the ISA Surf page.