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SA guaranteed an Aloha Cup medal on final day of ISA World Surfing Games in Peru

November 1st, 2014
South Africa has qualified for the final of the Aloha Cup tag team relay event on the final day of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games. (LtR) Casey Grant, Etienne Venter (Coach), David Brand, Michael February (Capt), Johnny Bakker (Manager) and Faye Zoetmulder. Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

South Africa has qualified for the final of the Aloha Cup tag team relay event on the final day of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games. (LtR) Casey Grant, Etienne Venter (Coach), David Brand, Michael February (Capt), Johnny Bakker (Manager) and Faye Zoetmulder. Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

The South African Surfing team will be competing for a gold, silver, bronze or copper medal in the Aloha Cup event on the final day of competition at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru today (Saturday).

Despite being knocked out of contention for individual and team medals earlier on Friday, the SA squad demonstrated teamwork, commitment and skill to qualify for the final of the tag-team relay competition where they will be up against Peru, Argentina and Australia.

Team captain Michael February, Casey Grant, David Brand and Faye Zoetmulder represented SA in the Aloha Cup and accumulated a respectable 38.24 points during the allotted period to finish runners-up to Argentina and ahead of Costa Rica and Ecuador.

February surfed last and saved a five point penalty that would have dropped SA down to fourth spot by getting back to the team ‘box’ on the beach just before the siren sounded to end the heat. The second semi saw hosts Peru finish ahead of Australia, Chile and Mexico.

Earlier in the day February’s run in the Men’s division came to an end in Repercharge Round 8 where he placed third and was eliminated in equal 9th place overall and contributing 2 000 points towards the team total.

Tanika Hoffman’s excellent campaign in Peru saw her open her account with an excellent 8.17 for a long ride on an overhead wave in Women’s Repercharge Round 4. The Capetonian backed that up with a 5.17 and advanced to Round 5, but struggled to find waves with scoring potential in the next heat and bowed out in fourth spot.

Hoffman placed 8th overall in the Women’s division and added a haul of 1 056 points to SA’s team total.

Australia has moved to the top of the provisional team rankings going into today’s final day of competition. Host nation Peru is in second place with Argentina and Costa Rica currently filling the last two team medal positions.

South Africa, currently in sixth place and with no competitors still incontention, could still end up fifth out of the 22 nations at the event if Ecuador’s Dominic Barona finishes lower than second in the Women’s division final.

Today’s action in Peru gets underway at 4pm SA time.

Day 7 Schedule: (South Africans in brackets)

ISA Aloha Cup Final (South Africa)
Women’s Repercharge Final
Men’s Repercharge Final
ISA 50th Anniversary President’s Board Meeting
Women’s Grand Final
Men’s Grand Final

All the action from Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games including news, results, video footage, images and live webcasts can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and http://isawsg.com

The 2014 South African Surfing Team is competing in Peru thanks to assistance from the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and recognised by Sport and Recreation SA as the national governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the world’s governing body for surfing.

ENDS

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Robin de Kock
General Manager
Surfing South Africa
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