LUCCA MESINAS: RAISED BY WAVES, NOW GOING TO TOKYO 2020
The Peruvian athlete was born in Máncora, where he learned how to surf. He has not stopped ever since.
Now he has made history after clinching the gold medal at Lima 2019 and qualifying for the Olympic Games.
The life of Luca Mesinas has always been linked to the sea. He learned how to surf in his hometown, Máncora, and has not stopped ever since.
Now aged 23, the surfer from Piura has made history after winning the gold medal in the main surfing event: Open surfing. This medal has ensured that Mesinas will participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which will feature surfing for the first time.
The Peruvian surfer faced a dramatic competition for the gold against Argentinian Leandro Osuna. The latter fought until the very last wave, but was ultimately unable to outperform he Peruvian.
Mesinas claimed the seventh gold medal for Peru in the Pan American Games so far; the country’s medal tally has now reached 23 in the most important multi-sports event in the Americas. This figure is far higher than Peru’s medal count in past similar competitions.