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South Africa Finishes 11th as Peru Claims Team Title at ISA World Surfing Games

August 15th, 2016
The 2016 South African team who finished 11th at the INS ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica on Sunday. (LtR) Shane Sykes, Dylan Lightfoot, Jordy Maree, Johnny Bakker (Manager), Matt McGillivray, Faye Zoetmulder (Captain) and Tanika Hoffman.  Photo: ISA / Evans

The 2016 South African team who finished 11th at the INS ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica on Sunday. (LtR) Shane Sykes, Dylan Lightfoot, Jordy Maree, Johnny Bakker (Manager), Matt McGillivray, Faye Zoetmulder (Captain) and Tanika Hoffman.  Photo: ISA / Evans

Tia Blanco (USA) and Leandro Usuna (ARG) Take Repeat Individual Golds

The 2016 South African surfing team finished 11th out of the 26 nations that participated in the INS ISA World Surfing Games that ended with Peru claiming the team gold medal and the coveted Fernando Aguerre World Team Trophy in front of a huge crowd at Jaco Beach in Costa Rica yesterday (Sunday).

Leandro Usuna from Argentina, competing in his third successive Men’s final, collected a second gold medal after his victory in Peru in 2014 by comfortably outpointing Lucca Mesinas (PER), defending men’s titlist Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) and Francisco Bellorin (VEN) in an all Latin American final match-up.

“I’m two-time champion, I can’t believe it!” said Usuna. “This is the third consecutive Final I’ve made in the past three years. I do this for my country, for my family and everybody who is always there for me. This isn’t about points or money, this is about love for your country and raising your flag. I’m just so happy!”

Tia Blanco (USA) successfully defended the title she clinched in Nicaragua last year, finishing just 0.05 of a point ahead of runner-up Dominic Barona (VEN), with event standout Pauline Ado a further 0.21 back and her French teammate Justine Dupont claiming the Women’s copper medal.

“Congratulations to the Team Gold Medallist, Team Peru, and the individual Gold Medallists Tia Blanco and Leandro Usuna,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “This event has been the first one after the IOC inclusion of Surfing into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Now all surfers in the world have the chance of becoming Olympians, the first ever Olympic surfers”.

The 2016 South African surfing team was made up of team captain Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis), Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay), Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), Shane Sykes (Salt Rock), Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay). Newly elected Surfing South Africa President Johnny Bakker (Port Elizabeth) was the team manager.

2016 INS ISA World Surfing Games (Jaco Beach, Costa Rica)
Results:

Open Men
Gold – Leandro Usuna (ARG)
Silver – Lucca Mesinas (PER)
Bronze – Noe Mar McGonagle (CRC)
Copper – Francisco Bellorin (VEN)

South Africans:
=22nd – Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay)
=22nd – Shane Sykes (Salt Rock)
=49th – Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay)
=61st – Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay)

Open Women
Gold – Tia Blanco (USA)
Silver – Dominic Barona (VEN)
Bronze – Pauline Ado (FRA)
Copper – Justine Dupont (FRA)

South Africans:
=11th – Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis)
=16th – Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay)

Team Standings
1 – Gold Medal – Peru (3188)
2 – Silver Medal – Portugal (2924)
3 – Bronze Medal – USA (2860)
4 – Copper Medal – France (2848)
5 – Costa Rica (2785)
6 – Argentina (2725)
7 – Japan (2576)
8 – New Zealand (2179)
9 – Australia (2123)
10 – Ecuador (2078)
11 – South Africa (2058)
12 – Venezuela (2045)
13 – Chile (1860)
14 – Mexico (1703)
15 – Nicaragua (1560)
16 – Panama (1554)
17 – Puerto Rico (1474)
18 – Italy (1350)
19 – Switzerland (1308)
20 – Guatemala (1218)
21 – Canada (1170)
21 – Russia (1170)
23 – Sweden (1158)
24 – Colombia (1050)
25 – Denmark (300)
26 – Uruguay (264)

All the action from the INS ISA World Surfing Games, including news, results, video footage, images and LIVE webcasts, can be found at http://isaworlds.com/wsg/2016/en/ with results and news on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are chosen by the National Selectors and in terms of the SSA Constitution all national teams are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa

ENDS

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Robin de Kock
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