Sanoa Dempfle-Olin, a Canadian surfer, earns a spot in the Olympics while Erin Brooks exits early at the world championships.

Movie DetailerWorld Sanoa Dempfle-Olin, a Canadian surfer, earns a spot in the Olympics while Erin Brooks exits early at the world championships.
Canada had a remarkable performance at the surfing world championships in Puerto Rico, despite not meeting expectations to qualify multiple athletes for the Paris Olympics in July. The team, comprised of three women and three men, accomplished their goal of finishing in the top-10 by securing ninth place after starting the competition as the 16th seed. In the previous year, Canada had achieved sixth place, with Erin Brooks winning a silver medal in El Salvador.

Sanoa Dempfle-Olin secured her spot in the Summer Games by finishing third in repechage 7, after initially earning a provisional qualification at the Pan Am Games in Santiago, Chile. Dom Domic, Surf Canada’s executive director, has high hopes for Cody Young, believing he will serve as the second reserve for the Olympic Games.

Despite falling slightly short of expectations, Domic expressed optimism, mentioning that the team did not fully capitalize on everyone’s potential in every heat. Dempfle-Olin impressed with the highest wave score (9.17) and heat total (17.70), outdoing Olympic gold medalist Carissa Moore.

The standout performer of the week was young sensation Erin Brooks, who missed out on a chance to secure an Olympic berth due to unforeseen circumstances at the Pan Am Games. Nevertheless, Brooks, who officially gained Canadian citizenship in January, remains focused on competing in the Challenger Series and aiming for the World Surf League’s Championship Tour.

Domic highlighted the efforts of Cody Young, who narrowly missed out on qualifying and showcased his skills at both the Pan Am Games and previous world championships. Despite the challenges, Domic assured that Young would be prepared if called up for the Olympics, especially considering the hazardous conditions at the wave in Tahiti where the surfing event will take place.

Teahupo’o in Tahiti is renowned for its treacherous waves, with the South Pacific Ocean cascading over a sharp coral reef, leading to colossal waves exceeding 25 feet. This dangerous environment poses risks for surfers, with injuries not uncommon during competitions. The a**.mpetition in Tahiti will host the second Olympics to feature surfing, with 48 talented women and men vying for medals.

In addition to Cody Young, Levi Young, Wheeler Hasburgh, and Mathea, Sanoa’s sister, also represented Canada at the championships, showcasing a promising future for Canadian surfing on the global stage.


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