A Vancouver Island surfer, born and raised in Tofino, has qualified for the Paris Olympics next year after winning the bronze medal heat the Pan Am Games in Chile.
Eighteen-year-old Sanoa Dempfle-Olin defeated Costa Rica’s Leilani McGonagle on Monday, scoring a two-wave combined total of 10.00 compared to McGonagle’s 4.20.
The win allowed Dempfle-Olin to qualify for the games as she is the top surfer not already qualified.
She will go up against Brazil’s Tatiana Weston-Webb, a world championship tour surfer, in the gold medal heat of the Pan Am Games.
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