Ella Williams finishes seventh at world surfing games

Ella Williams has missed out narrowly on a spot in the world surfing games finals.
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Ella Williams has missed out narrowly on a spot in the world surfing games finals.

New Zealand surfer Ella Williams finished seventh at the World Surfing Games on Tuesday, while the Kiwi men have started strongly.

The 22-year-old from Whangamata did her best to combat the small waves in the semifinals, only to miss a place in the womens finals.

Pauline Ado and Johanne Defay, both of France secured gold and silver and gave France an early lead.

Ella Williams of Whangamata has been placed seventh at the world surfing games in France.
MARK TAYLOR FAIRFAX NZ

Ella Williams of Whangamata has been placed seventh at the world surfing games in France.

Williams' result has helped New Zealand to fourth place overall after three days of the event. She finished fourth in the semifinal requiring 5.90 to advance, however the waveless conditions did her no favours.

The result is two better than Williams' ninth place in 2016. 

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Kiwi surfer Ella Williams has improved on her world placing in 2016.
SAM SCANNELL/FAIRFAX NZ

Kiwi surfer Ella Williams has improved on her world placing in 2016.

The open men's division is now underway with Kiwis JC Susan (Dunedin) and Zen Wallis (Piha).

Susan made a slow start to the event, but held onto second place in his heat. Wallis posted a 9.63 point heat total to advance in second place in his heat.

Kiwis Paul Moretti (Northland) and Taylor Hutchison (Raglan) will compete on day four in their first heat.

The New Zealand team are one of 47 nations competing at the event held in Biarritz in the south of France from the 20th – 28th May. 

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