Pan American Games champion pleased with progress at World Surfing Games
Pan American Games champion Daniella Rosas says she is pleased with her progress so far at the World Surfing Games in El Salvador, her first competition since the start of the pandemic.
Peruvian Rosas, 19, won the open category at the 2019 Pan American Games, as she took home gold in her home waters in Lima.
Her first senior world championship was at the 2017 World Surfing Games in Biarritz, France, where she placed ninth.
After a long hiatus from competition due to the pandemic, Rosas was initially reluctant to return to such a high-profile event, but was persuaded to do so after speaking to her teammates.
“This is my first competition since the start of the pandemic, so I’m a little nervous,” Rosas said.
“At first, the thought of coming back to competition at an Olympic qualification caused anxiety.
“Then I talked to all my teammates and they calmed me down. They helped me focus on my surfing and making playoffs.”
Speaking after the fifth day of competition in El Salvador, Rosas said: “My first goal is to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at the World Surfing Games – and get one of the seven spots,” a declared Rosas of Peru.
“I’m really happy to make my series and be in the fifth round. I’m happy with the way it’s going.”
Competition in the women’s main event takes a break on the sixth day.
Rosas is now potentially two rounds away from the final and will face Costa Rica’s Leilani McGonagle, Argentina’s Lucia Indurain and New Zealand’s Paige Hareb in her fifth round.