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South Africa claim team Bronze medal at Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Peru

October 28th, 2010

Pictured: SA’s Chantelle Rautenbach in action on the final day of the 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Peru. The 20 year-old from Melkbosstrand placed fifth overall in the women’s division as Team SA claimed the Bronze medal for third place in the 31 nation ‘Olympics of Surfing’. Photo: ISA / Marotta 
The South African surfing team claimed the team Bronze medal by placing third amongst the 31 nations at the 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games presented by Amarok of Volkswagen in Peru yesterday, matching the country’s best result in foreign waters since winning the Gold medal in Durban in 2002.

Despite having only one surfer in contention for an individual medal going into the final day of competition, Chantelle Rautenbach who placed fifth overall in the women’s division, Team SA equaled the third place finish achieved in Ecuador in 2004 thanks to the excellent results posted by each and every team member earlier in the event.

Host nation Peru clinched the team gold in the ‘Olympics of surfing’ for the first time, staving off the challenge of multiple ISA champions Australia, while SA finished ahead of Brazil with Tahiti fifth and defending champions USA slipping to sixth.

The men’s title went to Hira Teriinatoofa from Tahiti, Australia’s Chelsea Hedges won the women’s gold and Rodrigo Sphyer from Brazil took the longboard crown in the finals held in pulsing 1.5 metre left-breaking waves at Senoritas in Punta Hermosa, 60 Kms south of the capital Lima.

South African eyes were focused on Rautenbach on the final day. The 20 year-old from Melkbosstrand had stormed through the top-class women’s field, posting three heat victories and a second place to reach the qualifying stream final.

After a 50 minute delay during which three of the four girls left the water while the organisers reduced the judging panel from eight to the customary five, the heat got underway with former World and ISA champions and current World Nos. 3 and 6, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) and Chelsea Hedges (AUS) respectively, dominating proceedings and advancing directly to the Grand Final.

Rautenbach then contested the repecharge final and despite giving her all in an inspired performance she again placed third, this time behind former World Junior champion Pauline Ado (FRA) and current World No. 9 Paige Hareb (NZL), to end the event in fifth place overall, just outside the medals but contributing a priceless 1 220 points towards the team total.

Chad du Toit (Durban) was the star of SA’s men’s squad, placing seventh out of 114 in the biggest division, while captain Greg Emslie (East London) led by example, posting several of the highest scores on his way to seventh spot. Casey Grant (Scottburgh) went unbeaten until the penultimate day of the eight day event, finishing equal 11th overall and Durbanite Warwick Wright, now living in Cape Town, ended his campaign equal 21st.

Two-time ISA World Longboard champion Matthew Moir (Cape Town) couldn’t clinch a third title but contributed handsomely to the team effort by placing seventh with fellow longboarder Brad Weare coming in 15th. And Stacey Guy delighted her teammates by claiming an excellent ninth place in the women’s division.

Team SA was well managed by Mike Sheppard and expertly coached by the legendary Graham Hynes, who celebrates his 81st birthday today, and former World Pro Am champion and multiple ISA Masters medalist David Malherbe.

All the news and results from the 2010 Billabong ISA Word Surfing Games can be found at www.billabongisaworldsurfinggames.com, along with plenty of images and videos of daily highlights. Daily updates and images have been posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and further updates are available on the Facebook page Surfing SA. 

The 2010 South African surfing team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and Surfing South Africa along with Skullcandy, PowerBalance and Future Life.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognized by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) as the governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Billabong ISA World Surfing Games

Punta Hermosa, Peru

Final Results:

Teams:
GOLD – Peru – 14370 points
SILVER – Australia – 13160 points
BRONZE – South Africa – 11820 points
COPPER – Brazil– 11340 points

Open Men:
Gold: Hira Teriinatoofa (TAH)
Silver: Gabriel Villarán (PER)
Bronze: Alan Jhones (BRA)
Copper: Mick Campbell(AUS)

South Africans:
Chad du Toit – 7th
Greg Emslie – 9th
Casey Grant – 11th
Warwick Wright – 21st

Open Women:
Gold: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 
Silver: Paige Hareb (NZ)
Bronze: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 
Copper: Pauline Ado (FRA) 

South Africans:
Chantelle Rautenbach – 5th
Stacey Guy – 9th

Longboard:
Gold: Rodrigo Sphyer (BRA)
Silver: Josh Constable (AUS)
Bronze: Harley Ingleby (AUS)
Copper: Benoit Clemente (PER) 

South Africans:
Matthew Moir – 7th
Brad Weare – 15th

Final Nations Ranking:

1 – Peru
2 – Australia
3 – South Africa
4 – Brazil
5 – Tahiti
6 – USA
7 – France
8 – New Zealand
9 – Costa Rica
10 – Spain
11 – Venezuela
12 – Puerto Rico
13 – Chile
14 – Argentina
15 – México
16 – Great Britain
17 – Panamá
18 – Japan
19 – Ecuador
20 – Germany
21 – Uruguay
22 – Switzerland
23 – Guatemala
24 – Portugal
25 – Canada
26 – Sweden
27 – Dominican Republic
28 – Israel
29 – Jamaica
30 – Ireland
31 – Barbados

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