German professional surfer Frankie Harrer finishes 5th at the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games in Biarritz, France
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 May, 2017 - On Saturday May 20th the ISA World Surfing Games started with women's round one. German surf pro Frankie Harrer started well into the contest and advanced straight into the next round by posting an 8.20 heat total in rippable surf conditions.
Even though a bit smaller, conditions improved for the second day of the waiting period and the German Team hit Biarritz' Grande Plage highly motivated for women's round two! Frankie surfed a solid first heat that morning and scored a 10.20 combined heat total, which put her in second place and straight into round three.
The next heat was a challenging one for the young German as she had to surf against French World Championship Tour competitor Pauline Ado, Garazi Sanchez (ESP) and Jess Grimwood from Australia. Two nice right handers put Frankie in second spot with just a slight lead of 0.2 points over Garazi Sanches. But as a nerve wrecking heat came to an end it was enough for Frankie Harrer to make it to the quarter finals.
Frankie definitely found her rhythm! Surfing her third heat of the day she continued her great performance so far and underlined her talent by advancing into the semi finals of the World Surfing Games. And with the semi finals being set, a great day of competition ended.
In small and inconsistent conditions, Harrer had to surf against the two french World Championship Tour contenders Johanne Defay and Pauline Ado - definitely a tough draw. With not much luck in wave selection, Frankie lost the heat in 3rd position and finished the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games with an amazing 5th place finish for team Germany.