Puerto Escondido’s Jhony Corzo ended 2022 as one of the 16 best surfers in the world and began the new year with a clear goal in mind: the Paris 2024 Olympics.
To say that 2022 was a busy year for the local surfer is an understatement: he was a runner-up at the national championship, won first place in the ALAS Pro-Tour Circuit, surfed his sixth World Cup in California, won fourth place at the Pan American Games and ranked among the 16 best athletes in the World Surfing Games.
Qualifying for the Olympics is personal for Corzo, and part of what has been driving him ever since missing the mark for the Tokyo 2020 games, when surfing debuted as an Olympic sport.
“I ended the year very strong, with good results. I have been training a lot, and these achievements give me confidence to start 2023 with the best energy and vibes”, Corzo told e-Consulta.
He kicked off 2023 in Oaxaca, where he is training and preparing to get ready for his competitive schedule. Among his most anticipated tournaments are the Central American and Caribbean Games and the Pan American Games, although he also considers the contests he attended last year as a “test” for what is to come.
Corzo joined high-level contests that allowed him to measure himself against competitors from countries such as Brazil, Australia and the United States, all of them considered as the “power nations” in this sport.
“I feel happy to have excelled in the last half of last year, it gives me a pretty strong boost, it puts me on a scale of where I am located regarding talent and performance. I have an idea of what I have to work on more, but at the same time it gives me peace of mind of being prepared. I have everything to achieve great things and I know that my surfing continues to improve.”
With reports by e-Consulta