St. Thomas surfer Jon Gazi opened competition Tuesday with a last-place finish in his group at the International Surfing Association’s 2019 World Surfing Games, being held in Miyazaki, Japan.
Gazi, who turned 36 Tuesday, finished the opening round of group competition in the men’s open division with 4.97 points.
Costa Rica’s Carlos Munoz was tops in the group with 10.66 points, followed by Greece’s Perry Siganos (9.23) and Great Britain’s Nathan Elms (8.9).
More than 11 dozen competitors in the men’s open division took to the waters off Miyazaki, located on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu.
This is Gazi’s third time competing in the World Surfing Games. He was also entered in the 2017 Games in France and the 2018 event in Ichinomiya, Japan, the site of the surfing competition for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Gazi now moves into the repechage (consolation) round, where he will surf today in a group with Sri Lanka’s K.H. Lesitha Prabath and Fiji’s Apisai Tibinaliva.
— Bill Kiser