Itzel Delgado (Peru) and Lena Guimaraes (Brazil) win gold at the Pan American Surf Games

The PASA Games 2022 organized by the Pan American Surf Association took place in Panama last week. The first 2022 Pan American Champions of the event were SUP racers and were crowned on the third day of the competition.

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Men’s start at 33:10 – finish at 01:10:00
Women’s start at 01:42:30 – finish at 02:23:30

The SUP Races were won by Infinity SUP elite racer Itzel Delgado from Peru and the Brazilian powerhouse Lena Guimaraes.

The 3rd day began with the men’s SUP Race, in which 22 athletes from twelve countries faced the conditions of the sea and themselves to define the Medalists of this discipline.

Itzel Delgado from Peru. Men’s SUP Racing Pan American Champion 2022. Photo Michael Tweddle.

After the start, the leaders of the group were quickly defined, with the “Peruvian Prince” Itzel Delgado in the lead early, followed closely by the Brazilian David Leão.

For the last leg of the race, Delgado was gaining ground and was able to pass Leao a few meters from the finish line and with that he became a three-time Pan American Champion.

Itzel Delgado from Peru (left) and David Leao from Brazil (right) had an exciting closing of the Men’s SUP Race.

At the end of the race, Delgado commented: “I am happy to win my third Pan American title here in Panama. It was a very tough race with a lot of fighting and a lot of strategy. I am also very happy to give this victory to Peru”.

Delgado closed the race with a time of 37 minutes and 36 seconds, while Leao stopped the clock at 37 minutes and 38 seconds. Third was Franco Fachin from Argentina with a time of 38:31 and fourth was Omelv García from Puerto Rico with 39:06.

Results of the Pan American Surf Games 2022 – Men’s SUP Race

The women’s race had the participation of 20 athletes from ten countries.

Lena Guimaraes from Brazil took advantage of the push of a wave to be crowned Women’s SUP Racing Pan American Champion 2022. Photo Philippe Demarsan.

The athlete Juliana Gonzales from Argentina held the lead for a good part of the race, but Guimaraes was behind her, advancing positions and catching up little by little, in a demonstration of her great strength.

For the final buoy turn, Gonzales was still in the lead, followed a few meters behind by Guimaraes. When they entered the section with waves, the Argentine lost her balance when riding a wave and suffered a strong fall, while behind her the Brazilian took advantage of the same wave that threw Gonzales to pass her and take the Gold.

20 women from 10 countries competed in the SUP Race. Photo Michael Tweddle.

Guimaraes closed with a time of 41:12, Gonzales with 42.28. In third place and winner of the Bronze Medal was Natalia de la Lama also from Argentina with 42:38 and the fourth position and Copper Medal went to Aline Adisaka with a time of 42:55.

Guimaraes indicated: “I had a very bad start and so I had very rough race. In the end I was blessed with a wave to win. This is for Brazil!”

Results of the Pan American Surf Games 2022 – Women’s SUP Race

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