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Simone Robb takes Gold in four medal haul for Team SA at ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships in Peru

September 29th, 2013
Simone Robb (Kommetjie) is carried up the beach by teammates after winning the Women’s title in the 2013 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships at Huanchaco in Peru on Saturday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Simone Robb (Kommetjie) is carried up the beach by teammates after winning the Women’s title in the 2013 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships at Huanchaco in Peru on Saturday Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Simone Robb was crowned the 2013 ISA Women’s World Longboard Surfing Champion as Team SA collected the silver medal in the team standings and Thomas King and Ethan Pentz earned Copper medals in the Men’s and Junior divisions respectively when the ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships ended at Huanchaco in Peru yesterday (Saturday).

Robb, a multiple SA surfing champion and mother of two from Kommetjie, went undefeated throughout the entire event and posted the highest scores in the Women’s division, including the final where her long opening ride earned the heat’s highest score of 8.17 out of 10 and ultimately the gold medal.

“I started up with a bang! I got the first wave of the heat, which was an 8, and I was really lucky to get that one,” said Robb in her post-heat interview. “It’s really cool to be the first female ISA World Longboard Champion. I’m really happy. My kids will wear my medal when I get back home. This event was amazing and the other women were so nice to compete against; they were all are really friendly.”

Robb’s victory, combined with fourth place finishes by King and Pentz in their finals and a ninth place in the Men’s division by Justin Bing, the fourth team member, were sufficient to earn Team SA the silver medal behind France whose Antoine Delpero won Men’s gold with Martin Coret taking silver in the Juniors (U18) and Justine Dupont bronze in the Women.

King, attending his first ISA World Championship event, also surfed flawlessly through the five rounds of the Men’s division, advancing directly into the Grand Final without dropping into the repercharge rounds. He started the final with an outstanding 9.0 score on the first wave but struggled to find a decent backup score and was eventually overhauled by 2009 ISA World Longboard champ Delpero, European champ Ben Skinnner (GB) and former ASP World Longboard champ Phil Rajzman (BRA).

Pentz, the 2013 SA Junior Longboard champ, advanced to Round 3 of the Junior division where he slipped to third place before winning the repecharge final to gain entry into the Grand Final. The teenager from Kalk Bay could not find a wave with scoring potential in the final despite recording 10 rides, five more than his opponents, but will be elated with a medal in his first international event.

In a major success for gender equality, the Junior gold medal was won by Honolua Blomfeld, a 14 year-old girl from Hawaii, who totally dominated the division by winning every heat she contested to finish ahead of Martin Coret (FRA), Ciao Santana (BRA) and Pentz.

Bing (Noordhoek), a former SA champion and national team member in both longboard surfing and stand up paddling (SUP), slipped into the repercharge rounds on Day 1 in Peru and despite progressing through five cutthroat rounds he was ultimately eliminated in Round 6, finishing equal ninth overall.

The four-person South African team that competed in the historic inaugural stand-alone ISA World Longboard Championships and the first to crown Women and Junior world champions was expertly managed and motivated by Deon Bing (Noordhoek).

2013 ISA World Longboard Championships (Huanchaco, Peru)

Final Team Standing
1- France- 4,810, Gold Medal
2- South Africa- 4,010, Silver Medal
3- Hawaii- 3,726, Bronze Medal
4- Brazil- 3,618, Copper Medal
5- Great Britain- 3,478
6- Peru- 3,441
7- USA- 3,136
8- Argentina- 2,993
9- Venezuela- 2,783
10- Australia- 2,636
11- New Zealand- 2,500
12- Ecuador- 2,425
13- Uruguay- 1,855
14- Dominican Republic- 1,745
15- Japan- 1,735
16- Mexico- 1,546
17- Costa Rica- 1,380
18- Puerto Rico- 1,320
19- Italy- 1,170
20- Canada- 875
21- Chile- 660
22- Panama- 600

Open Men
1- Antoine Delpero (FRA), Gold Medal
2- Ben Skinner (GBR), Silver Medal
3- Phil Rajzman (BRA), Bronze Medal
4- Thomas King (RSA), Copper Medal

=9th- Justin Bing (RSA)

Open Women
1- Simone Robb (RSA), Gold Medal
2- Rachael Tilly (USA), Silver Medal
3- Justine Dupont (FRA), Bronze Medal
4- Megan Godinez (HAW), Copper Medal

Junior (Under-18)
1- Honolua Blomfeld (HAW), Gold Medal
2- Martin Coret (FRA), Silver Medal
3- Caio Santana (BRA), Bronze Medal
4- Ethan Pentz (RSA), Copper Medal

ISA Aloha Cup
1- France- 58.05, Gold Medal
2- Peru- 46.95, Silver Medal
3- Australia- 42.90, Bronze Medal
4- Brazil- 29.45, Copper Medal

=5th – South Africa

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