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Zoetmulder and February standout on Day 3 of ISA World Surfing Games in Peru

October 28th, 2014 No comments
Faye Zoetmulder in action on Day 3 at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Monday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Faye Zoetmulder in action on Day 3 at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Monday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

For the second successive day SA Surfing Team captain Michael February posted the highest heat score of the Men’s division at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games as the run of excellent overhead surf continued in Peru on Monday.

And in her first heat in Peru, Faye Zoetmulder (Port Elizabeth) showed her liking for the pumping waves by recording scores of 6.83 and 6.57 for a heat total of 13.40 out of 20, the fourth highest in the Women’s division.

Zoetmulder left second placed Cristina Vargas (ECU) requiring a near perfect 9.34 for the heat win as the top two advanced to Women’s Qualifying Round 2 while third and fourth placed Pamela Verboonen (MEX) and Sofia Loewy (COL) were relegated to the Repercharge rounds

February was on fire again in the big glassy peaks at Punta Rocas., delivering rides of 7.17 and 8.27 for a two wave heat total of 15.44 which left Peruvian standout and hometown favourite Gabriel Villaran 3.5 points adrift in second place. The pair progressed to Round 4 and are now amongst the last 12 competitors still in the Qualifying stream of the double-elimination format.

Meanwhile Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) narrowly missed out on second place in her opening encounter, earning 8.40 points to the 8.54 of second placed Karelle Poppke (TAH). Heat winner Dominic Barona (ECU) absolutely shredded the Punta Rocas lineup, racking up 18.23 points, the highest total of both the Men’s and Women’s divisions to date.

Hoffman will recommence her campaign in the Repercharge rounds, as will Casey Grant who also slipped to third place in his Round 3 clash. Grant will get going in Men’s Repercharge Round 4 and faces six grueling rounds to make his way into the Grand Final and earn a medal in Peru when the champions are crowned on Saturday.

South Africa remains among 14 national teams yet to have any of their team members eliminated from the event in their bid to accumulate the highest combined points total and successfully defend the Team Gold medal and the Fernando Aguerre World Team Trophy.

The team standings are set to undergo a major shake up to day as three rounds of Repercharge heats are on the schedule.

The Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games resumes today at 2:40pm (South African time) with The Morning Show hosted by “Vico” Hamel, with guests from Team Scotland and Russia.

Following the Morning Show, competition will feature: (South Africans in brackets)

12 heats: Open Men’s Repercharge Round 2 (David Brand – Heat 3, David van Zyl – H5)
4 heats: Open Women’s Repercharge Round 1(Tanika Hoffman – H3)
6 heats: Open Men’s Repercharge Round 3 (TDB)

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.

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Michael February stars on Day 2 of ISA World Surfing Games in Peru

October 27th, 2014 No comments
SA team captain Michael February attacks the lip while posting the highest heat score of Day 2 at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Sunday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

SA team captain Michael February attacks the lip while posting the highest heat score of Day 2 at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Sunday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

SA Surfing Team captain Michael February led from the front on Day 2 of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru on Sunday when he posted 16.13 points out of 20, the highest two-wave heat total of the day, in winning his Round 2 match-up.

February opened his account by earning a solid 7.0 points in the slightly smaller but still overhead glassy waves and then added an excellent 9.13 for a long ride that he punctuated with high-risk vertical manoeuvres and ended with an aerial punt.

“I’m really happy, I had a very good heat. Yesterday was a bit slow, but I could put a good heat together today,” said a relieved Michael February. “The waves are really fun, I just want to surf as best as I can and aim to get some good scores. My highest wave was a very good and long wall. There are not many like that, so I’m happy to get that one and get a good score. Tomorrow I want to be on the beach supporting everyone on my team and I hope that everyone goes well.”

February advanced to Round 3 of the Men’s Qualifying stream where he was later joined by teammate Casey Grant. Grant racked up an impressive 14.50 heat tally with an 8.0 and a 6.50 while relegating 2011 ISA Gold medalist Santiago Muniz (ARG) to a distant runner-up spot.

However, the challenge of defending the team title won at the ISA Games in Panama last year was not all plain sailing for South Africa as David Brand and David van Zyl both placed third in their respective Round 2 heats and dropped into the tightly contested Repercharge rounds.

Brand needed a ride of just 4.81 to claim second place and remain the Qualifying stream when the siren sounded to end his Round 2 clash, while Van Zyl needed a more substantial 6.88 after having the points on one of his rides halved by an interference penalty.

While the pair remain in contention to reach the final, they will have to battle through an additional four rounds and will be eliminated from the event if they finish outside the top two in any of their future heats.

Hosts Peru have reveled in the epic conditions for the opening two days of competition and have all four of their men’s team still in the Qualifying stream while all the other 21 national teams at the event have had at least one of their team in the Repercharge Rounds.

South Africa’s Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) and Faye Zoetmulder (Port Elizabeth) will start their campaigns for team and individual honours at the event when Round 1 of the Women’s event takes to the surf on Day 3.

The Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games resumes today (Tuesday) at 2:40pm (South African time) with The Morning Show hosted by Mike Latronic with Guest Mohammad Rahma from United Arab Emirates.

Following the Morning Show, competition will feature: (South Africans in brackets)

6 heats: Open Women’s Qualifying Round 1 (Faye Zoetmulder – Heat 4, Tanika Hoffman – H5)
6 heats: Open Men’s Qualifying Round 3 (Michael February – H3, Casey Grant – H5)
6 heats: Open Men’s Repercharge Round 1

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.

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Robin de Kock
General Manager
Surfing South Africa
0824541149
surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

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Perfect start for SA men on Day 1 of ISA World Surfing Games in Peru

October 26th, 2014 No comments
David van Zyl (Glenashley) carves off the top of an overhead wave at Punta Rocas while winning his Round 1 heat at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru on Saturday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

David van Zyl (Glenashley) carves off the top of an overhead wave at Punta Rocas while winning his Round 1 heat at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru on Saturday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

The South African Surfing Team got off to a perfect start on the opening day of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru on Saturday when all four men comfortably won their Round 1 heats.

Competing in excellent 2 to 2.5 metre waves and windless conditions at the world renowned Punta Rocas surf break south of Lima, the South African quartet started their defense of the ISA Team Gold medal they earned at the corresponding event in Panama last year by going ballistic on the glassy, double-overhead wave faces.

David Brand (Kommetjie) was the first SA team member in action. Using the trademark powerful backhand turns he has developed on countless surf trips worldwide, the former ISA U18 Bronze medalist racked up a heat tally of 14.0 out of a possible 20 to advance to Round 2 in the Qualifying stream.

David van Zyl (Glenashley), team captain Michael February (Kommetjie) and Casey Grant (Scottburgh) were equally impressive in their respective match-ups as the organisers extended the duration of the heats from 20 to 25 minutes and completed 18 of the 24 Round 1 heats in the epic overhead surf.

Former ISA U18 World Champion, Cristobal de Col (Peru), was the top point scorer on Day 1, recording a total of 15.90 for his top two waves, as three of the four competitors from the host nation stayed in the Qualifying stream. Perennial medalists Australia saw team member Otis Carey drop into the grueling Repecharge rounds when he placed third in his Round 1 clash.

The Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games resumes today (Sunday) at 2.40pm (South African time). The daily live webcast begins with The Morning Show hosted by Julien “Vico” Hammel and Mike Latronic and today’s guests will be Team Mexico.

Following The Morning Show, competition will feature:

6 heats: Open Men Qualifying Round 1
12 heats: Open Men Qualifying R2 (David Brand – H3, David van Zyl – H5, Mikey February – H7, Casey Grant – H9)

Surfline, the official forecaster of the event, has predicted pumping waves for the opening days of the competition followed by great surf for the whole contest period.

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
0824541149
surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

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ISA World Surfing Games officially opened in Peru – SA men to start defense of Team Title today

October 25th, 2014 No comments
Tanika Hoffman reads the ‘Surfers’ Oath’ at the official opening ceremony of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Lima, Peru yesterday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

Tanika Hoffman reads the ‘Surfers’ Oath’ at the official opening ceremony of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Lima, Peru yesterday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

The four men in the South African Surfing Team will take to the waves at Punta Rocas in Peru today after the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games were officially opened at a stirring ceremony in downtown Lima yesterday (Friday).

Thousands of local spectators watched as the more than 150 competitors and officials from 22 nations paraded around the historic “Plaza de Armas” in the centre of the city. SA team captain Michael February and Faye Zoetmulder then joined two delegates from each of the other nations in the symbolic Sands of World ceremony where sand from each country’s beaches was deposited into the special glass receptacle.

South Africa was further honoured at the ceremony when multiple national team member Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) was selected to read the ‘Surfers’ Oath’ that commits all the competitors to fair play during the event at the ceremony.

After the beautiful demonstration of local Peruvian traditional dance, the ISA President Fernando Aguerre officially declared open the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games.

Surfing competition gets underway at Punta Rocas, 60 Kms south of Lima, at 8am (3pm South African time) on Saturday. Day 1 will feature the 24 heats in Open Men Round 1 with South Africa’s four men scheduled to compete in Heat Nos. 5, 9, 13 and 17.

In the double elimination format used at all ISA events, the top two surfers in each of the three or four person heats advance to the next round of the Qualifying Stream. Those finishing third or fourth drop in the Repercharge Rounds where they are given another chance to reach the final of their division, provided they do not finish outside the top two in any heat again.

South Africa, the defending ISA team champion, is the top seeded team in the 2014. David Brand (Kommetjie) will be the first South African to compete in the event when he takes on opponents from Puerto Rico and Switzerland in H5. Brand will be followed by David van Zyl (Glenashley) in H9, Michael February (Kommetjie) in H13 and Casey Grant (Scottburgh) in H15.

Surfline, the official forecaster of the event, has predicted pumping waves for the opening days of the competition followed by great surf for the whole contest period.

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.

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Robin de Kock
General Manager
Surfing South Africa
0824541149
surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

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South Africa finishes eighth as Hawaii claim team title at ISA World Junior Surfing Championships

April 14th, 2014 No comments
Joshe Faulkner in action on the final day of the 2014 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships on Sunday. The teenager from Jeffreys Bay was the highest placed South African in Ecuador, finishing 6th in the U16 Boys division. Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Joshe Faulkner in action on the final day of the 2014 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships on Sunday. The teenager from Jeffreys Bay was the highest placed South African in Ecuador, finishing 6th in the U16 Boys division. Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

The South African junior surfing team finished in eighth place out of the 32 nations who competed in the VISSLA ISA World Surfing Championships in Ecuador yesterday with the Hawaiian team claiming the ISA World Junior Team Champion Trophy and the team gold medal.

Going into the final day in seventh place in the provisional team standings, and with just one surfer still in contention, the SA team needed Joshe Faulkner to qualify for the U16 Boys Grand Final in order to maintain or better their position among the top seven nations who receive invitations to compete in the prestigious ISA Aloha Cup at the following year’s edition of the world’s biggest junior surfing event.

In an increasing swell that produced two metre plus waves and a powerful wash making paddling difficult on the last day, Faulkner gave his all in the qualifying final but could not find the high scoring rides in the 20 minute encounter and placed fourth.

Earning another chance to reach the last four in the division via the repercharge stream final, the teenager from the Pellsrus in Jeffreys Bay was again hindered by wave selection and despite riding well on the waves he did catch, his three opponents all accumulated higher scores on better waves and he had to be content with 6th position overall, the highest placed South African in Ecuador

Hawaiidominated the gold medal count at the event, adding both girls’ titles to the team title when Tatiana Weston Webb and Mahina Maeda repeated their gold medal performances in Nicaragua last year in the U18 and U16 divisions respectively and also earning gold in the Aloha Cup final on Friday.

Leo-Paul Etienne (France) pocketed the gold in the U16 Boys that saw his team leapfrog defending team champions Australia into second place. Luan Wood and Brazilian teammate Elivelton Santos finished first and second in the U18 Boys, hauling their country into fifth place behind USA in the standings despite fielding a team that was two members short of the 12 allowed.

In addition to Faulkner’s heroics in the U16 Boys, Teal Hogg was the next highest placed South African in equal 16th position in the U18 Girls while Cana Foster ended equal 22nd in the U16 Girls. Team captain Max Armstrong and Shane Sykes in the U18 Boys and Ethan Fletcher and Jordy Maree in U16 Boys all finished equal 25th in their respective divisions.

The SA team included a total of seven new caps, all of whom will have learned plenty about international competition while in Ecuador, and was managed by Isaac February (Kommetjie) and Tasha Mentasti (Tableview) and coached by Greg Emslie and David Malherbe (both East London).

“Thank you everybody for coming to Ecuador, and thank you to everyone in Salinas for receiving us with open arms,” commented ISA President Fernando Aguerre at the closing ceremony. “To all the competitors, congratulations, if you were here, you are a champion. At the end of the day there will be four individual Gold Medalists, but all of you are champions as members of your National Teams, the highest honor, which is surfing for your country and the love of your sport.

See more on the SA Junior Team’s progress in Ecuador at www.facebook.com/pages/Surfing-South-Africa-Junior-Team/250021071844395

Results and images from the 2014 VISSLA ISA World Surfing Games are available at www.isawjsc.com

2014 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships (Salinas, Ecuador)
Final Results:

Overall Team Results:
1. Hawaii- 21,168 points, Gold Medal and Winner of the ISA World Junior Team Champion Trophy
2. France- 20,872, Silver Medal
3 Australia- 20,628, Bronze Medal
4. USA- 18,418, Copper Medal
5. Brazil- 17,426
6. Peru- 15,062
7. Japan- 14,820
8. South Africa- 14,618
9. Portugal- 13,852
10. New Zealand- 13,474
11. Costa Rica- 12,252
12. Argentina- 11,866
13. Ecuador- 10,766
14. Venezuela- 10,740
15. Great Britain- 9,393
16. Uruguay- 7,959
17. Germany- 7,834
18. Chile- 7,554
19. Barbados- 7,548
20. Mexico- 7,034
21. Tahiti- 5,630
22. Puerto Rico- 4,260
23. Wales- 3,600
24. Guatemala- 3,552
25. Italy- 2,440
26. Canada- 1,800
27. Ireland- 1,500
28. Austria- 1,200
29. Switzerland- 1,056
30. Trinidad & Tobago- 960
31. Russia- 960
32. Sweden- 480

Boys Under-18:
Luan Wood (BRA), Gold Medal
Elivelton Santos (BRA), Silver Medal
Lucca Mesina (PER), Bronze Medal
Imai DeVault (HAW), Copper Medal

=25th – Max Armstrong (RSA)
=25th – Shane Sykes (RSA)
=31st – Steffen Burrows (RSA)
=43rd – Ntando Msibi (RSA)

Girls Under-18:
Tatiana Weston Webb (HAW), Gold Medal
Kim Veteau (FRA), Silver Medal
Tia Blanco (USA), Bronze Medal
Leilani McGonagle (CRI), Copper Medal

=16th – Teal Hogg (RSA)
=22nd – Chanelle Botha (RSA)

Boys Under-16:
Leo-Paul Etienne (FRA), Gold Medal
Joe Van Dijk (AUS), Silver Medal
Nolan Rapoza (USA), Bronze Medal
Griffin Colapinto (USA), Copper Medal

6th – Joshe Faulkner (RSA)
=25th – Ethan Fletcher (RSA)
=25th – Jordy Maree (RSA)
=43rd – Adin Masencamp (RSA)

Girls Under-16:
Mahina Maeda (HAW), Gold Medal
Leilani McGonagle (CRI), Silver Medal
Laura Poncini (AUS), Bronze Medal
Maddie Peterson (USA), Copper Medal

=22nd – Cana Foster (RSA)
=25th – Ruth Armstrong (RSA)

ISA Aloha Cup
Hawaii, Gold Medal
Japan, Silver medal
Australia, Bronze Medal
USA. Copper Medal

=7th – South Africa

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

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Cape based junior surfers raise funds to attend the ISA World Champs in Ecuador

March 6th, 2014 No comments
Cape Town's Jordy Maree in action at the ISA World Junior Champs in Nicaragua in 2013  Photo: ISA Rommel Gonzales

Cape Town’s Jordy Maree in action at the ISA World Junior Champs in Nicaragua in 2013 Photo: ISA Rommel Gonzales

A fund-raising function will be held in Muizenberg next week to assist the six Cape based surfers who have been included in the South African Team that will travel to Ecuador at the end of March to compete in the 2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships.

Each of the 12 members of the 2014 SA Team has to raise a substantial amount of money to participate in this prestigious international surfing event. Those who are not based in the Cape have held, or plan to hold, fundraising projects in their own communities.

The Cape based surfers – Ethan Fletcher, Jordy Maree, team captain Max Armstrong and his sister Ruth (all WP) along with Steff Burrows and Adin Masencamp (both Boland) – are collaborating with their respective sponsors, a group of associate sponsors and other benefactors to hold a fund-raising function which will take place at Primi Piatti in Muizenberg from 6.30pm on Thursday 13 March.

The main sponsors of the evening’s activities are Hurley, Billabong, Rip Curl and Primi Piatti, who are providing the venue. Confirmed associate and support sponsors include Reef, Dakine, Skullcandy, Von Zipper, Quiksilver, Nixon, Captain Fin Co, Neff, Oakley, Vida, the House of Machines, Creatures, Ian Armstrong Surfboards, Mayhem Surfboards, DVG Surfboards, Natural Energy Surf Shop, Lifestyle Surf Shop, Corner Surf Shop, Surf Shack, Bouchard Finlayson Wines, Sterhuis Wines, Campbells Peak Wines and Union Craft Beer.

All the sponsors have contributed prizes that will be used in a number of raffles to be run at the function. The value of each raffle will exceed R2 000 with tickets for each costing R50 and the winners drawn on the night. An auction of unique and appealing surf memorabilia will also be held at the gathering.

All proceeds from the function will be used to assist the Cape based six surfers with their expenses. The members of the SA Junior Surfing team who hail from KZN and the Eastern Cape will be present and Surfing South Africa will use the opportunity to present their National Colours to them on the night.

SA Junior team fund raiser

SA Junior team fund raiser

Tickets for the evening cost R100 and can be obtained from Surfing South Africa (surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com / 0824541149), Ant at Hurley (ant@hurley.co.za / 0724949801) or from SA Junior Team Manager, Isaac February (isaacf@performrewards.co.za / 0834614363).

Payment for entry and raffle tickets can be made by EFT to Cape SAJT, FNB, Rondebosch branch (201509), savings account 62032286214. Please use your name plus Capesajt as the reference.

This fund-raising project is supported by Zigzag and Wavescape.

The South African Junior Surfing Team will depart for Ecuador on March 30 to compete in the 2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. Over 250 surfers from more than 30 countries are expected to participate in this, the World’s biggest junior surfing contest.

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Source: Surfnews14

For further details on this fund-raising project, please contact Team Manager Isaac February on 0834614363 or isaacf@performrewards.co.za

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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 No comments
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

For a full list of results visit: http://isawlc.com/results/

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Thomas King and Simone Robb reach Grand Finals at ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships in Peru

September 28th, 2013 No comments
Simone Robb (Kommetjie) completes a ‘helicopter’ 360 degree spin on her way to today’s Grand Final of the Women’s division in the 2013 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships at Huanchaco in Peru on Friday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Simone Robb (Kommetjie) completes a ‘helicopter’ 360 degree spin on her way to today’s Grand Final of the Women’s division in the 2013 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships at Huanchaco in Peru on Friday Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Thomas King and Simone Robb advanced to today’s Grand Finals of the Men’s and Women’s divisions at the ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships in Peru when they both placed second in their respective qualifying stream finals yesterday (Friday).

Ethan Pentz remains in contention for a spot in the Junior Grand Final despite placing third in his qualifying stream final heat yesterday while Justin Bing’s arduous campaign through the gruelling Men’s repercharge rounds came to an end in Round 6 where he placed third and was eliminated in equal ninth place overall, securing 1 000 precious points towards Team SA’s challenge for the team title.

The inform King finished second to recently crowned European Longboard champion Ben Skinner (GBR) in the clean one metre waves at Huanchaco yesterday, relegating brothers Edouard and Antoine Delpero from France, the only team to still have all four surfers in the event, to the repercharge final.

Robb, who had dominated her earlier heats, just held onto second place by a narrow 0.10 of a point to advance to the Women’s Grand Final and qualify for a medal along with heat winner Justine Dupont (FRA). Third and fourth placed Megan Godinez (HAW) and Mary Gil (ARG) get another chance to reach the Grand Final through the repercharge round final.

“Today the conditions are really tricky,” said Robb. “The strategy is to get two decent waves and perform the best you can. Our team made it to the final day of the competition, which is great. Good luck to everyone else that is surfing in all of the other teams. My team rocks, I love South Africa!”

The provisional team standings heading into today’s final day in Peru see France leading the chase for the gold medal at the inaugural stand alone ISA World Longboard Championships. Team SA holds second place with three surfers still accumulating points, followed by host nation Peru, Brazil, Hawaii and Argentina, all of whom have two team members in the event.

Team SA failed to qualify for the final of the ISA Aloha Cup (a form of relay surfing where the four man teams must each ride three waves before tagging the next team member, with all 12 waves completed in one hour) when they placed third behind France and Brazil in their semi-final. The results of the Aloha Cup do not count towards the team standings.

Ethan Pentz will be the first SA surfer in action today when he contests the Junior repercharge final where a first or second place finish will see him advance to the Junior Grand Final.

The ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships ends today when the top teams, the individual performers in the Men, Women and Junior (U18) divisions and the teams in the Aloha Cup will earn gold, silver, copper and bronze medals.

The action starts at 4.40 pm SA time and can be followed live at http://isawlc.com

2013 ISA World Longboard Championships (Huanchaco, Peru)
Schedule for Saturday 28 September (SA names in brackets)

Junior Repercharge Final (Ethan Pentz)
Open Women Repercharge Final
Open Men Repercharge Final
Junior Grand Final (TBD)
Open Women Grand Final (Simone Robb)
Open Men Grand Final (Thomas King)
Aloha Cup Final

Provisional team standings (going into the final day)
1- France- 5,720
2- South Africa- 5,000
3- Peru- 4,665
4- Brazil- 4,428
5- Hawaii- 4,056
6- Argentina- 3,800
7- Great Britain- 3,758
8- USA- 3,276
9- Venezuela- 3,200
10- Australia- 2,636

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About the International Surfing Association
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King and Bing edge Team SA towards a gold medal at ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships in Peru

September 27th, 2013 No comments
Justin Bing (Noordhoek) shows the form that saw him eliminate reigning ISA World Champion Toni Silvagni (USA) from the 2013 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships at Huanchaco in Peru on Thursday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

Justin Bing (Noordhoek) shows the form that saw him eliminate reigning ISA World Champion Toni Silvagni (USA) from the 2013 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships at Huanchaco in Peru on Thursday Photo: ISA / Tweddle

Thomas King and Justin Bing edged Team SA towards a gold medal on Day 4 of the ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships in Peru on Thursday when they both advanced through tough heats to reach the last 10 in the Men’s division of the inaugural edition of the event.

King reached the final of the qualifying stream with an excellent showing where he placed second to Edouard Delpero (FRA) and relegated Hawaiian standout Ned Snow to the repecharge rounds in a fiercely contested, high scoring Round 4 clash.

The Capetonian is now just one heat away from the Men’s Grand Final and an individual medal. Even if he slips out of the top two in his next heat he still has another chance to reach the Grand Final via the repecharge final.

Bing (Noordhoek), who dropped into the repercharge rounds on Day 1, also placed second in his Round 5 heat, finishing behind former ASP World Longboard champ Phil Rajzman (BRA) as the pair eliminated reigning ISA World Longboard champion Toni Silvagni (USA) from the event. Bing must place first or second in three more heats to reach the Men’s Grand Final.

With Simone Robb (Kommetjie) and Ethan Pentz (Kalk Bay) already into the qualifying finals of the Women’s and Junior’s divisions respectively, Team SA, France and Hawaii are the only teams with all four members still in the event and in contention for the team gold medal.

Host nation Peru with three competitors and Brazil and Argentina with two each are the other nations challenging for a medal. Traditional surfing power USA in eighth place with one surfer left while perennial ISA team gold medallists Australia have none and sit in an unfamiliar 10th place in the provisional rankings going into the last two days of the event.

All four South Africans will be in action in the long rolling waves at Huanchaco today.

The ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships end on Saturday when the top teams and individual performers in the Men, Women and Junior (U18) divisions will earn gold, silver, copper and bronze medals. All the action can be followed live at http://isawlc.com starting at 2.40pm South African time daily

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South Africa takes sixth place as Australia wins team gold at DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships

June 17th, 2013 No comments
Diran Zakarian  was one of South Africa’s top performers at the 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, finishing equal 11th in the U18 Boys division of the event which ended in Nicaragua on Sunday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Diran Zakarian was one of South Africa’s top performers at the 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, finishing equal 11th in the U18 Boys division of the event which ended in Nicaragua on Sunday Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

The South African junior surfing team has finished in sixth place amongst the 30 nations competing in the 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships presented by Billabong which ended at Jiquiliste Beach in Nicaragua on Sunday.

Team Australia was crowned the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Gold Medal Team when they overtook defending team champions Hawaii with the USA taking third place, France fourth and Peru fifth.

In the individual divisions, Hawaiians clinched three of the four gold medals on offer with Josh Moniz winning the Boys U18 division, Tatiana Weston-Webb the Girls U18’s and Mahina Maeda the Girls U16’s. Australia’s Jacob Wilcox won the Boys U16 division.

Team SA’s sixth place finish was three places better than their ninth place in Panama last year and ensures that the country will receive a better seeding in next year’s event as well as earning a spot amongst the eight teams that will contest the ISA Aloha Cup competition, which was won for the first time by Japan in Nicaragua.

Diran Zakarian and Jordy Maree were Team SA’s top performers, finishing equal 11th in the U18 Boys and U16 Boys respectively. Nicole Pallet and Chanelle Botha were the best of the South African girls, ending equal 16th in the U18 and U16 Girls respectively.

The world’s largest junior surfing event featured nearly 30 surfers from 30 countries and was brought to a close by ISA President Fernando Aguerre.

“This is the end of an amazing World Championship. It’s a happy and sad end. We are very happy because it was a very successful event, but it’s sad because it means we have to leave Nicaragua,” Aguerre said.

“We have confirmed what we discovered last year, a surfing paradise. It was in our dreams, a small nation in Central America full of waves, offshore winds, good people and very accessible. Nicaragua has been so good, that all of us, the 500 people that came for the event, will continue to come back here and tell the rest of the world about it.”
DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
Official Results:

Overall Team Results:
1. Australia- 24,256 points, Gold Medal plus ISA World Junior Team Champion Trophy
2. Hawaii- 23,828, Silver Medal
3. USA- 18,870, Bronze Medal
4. France- 18,212, Copper Medal
5. Japan- 16,322
6. South Africa- 15,652
7. Peru- 15,316
8. Brazil- 15,300
9. New England- 12,532
10. Portugal- 12,310
11. Costa Rica- 12,232
12. Venezuela- 10,388
13. Germany- 10,312
14. UK- 9,580
15. Argentina- 9,578
16. Tahiti- 8,700
17. Uruguay- 8,408
18. Puerto Rico- 8,276
19. Ecuador- 8,108
20. Nicaragua- 7,648
21. Panama- 7,168
22. Chile- 6,764
23. El Salvador- 5,184
24. Switzerland- 4,180
25. Italy- 3,440
26. Jamaica- 3,328
27. Mexico- 2,320
28. Barbados- 1,340
29. Ireland- 960
30. Russia- 640

Boys Under-18:
Josh Moniz (HAW), Gold Medal
Soli Bailey (AUS), Silver Medal
Andy Criere (FRA), Bronze Medal
Luke Hynd (AUS), Copper Medal

=11. Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand)
=13. Benji Brand (Kommetjie)
=19. Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay)
=31. Josh Smit (Warner Beach)

Girls Under-18:
Tatiana Weston Webb (HAW), Gold Medal
Stephanie Single (AUS), Silver Medal
Nikki Veisins (USA), Bronze Medal
Chelsea Tuach (BAR), Copper Medal

=16. Nicole Pallet (Durban)
=19. Gina Smith (Jeffreys Bay)

Boys Under-16:
Jacob Wilcox (AUS), Gold Medal
Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Silver Medal
Jake Marshall (USA), Bronze Medal
Reo Inaba (JPN), Copper Medal

=11. Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay)
=21. Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay)
=33. Steff Burrows (Strand)
=33. Shane Sykes (Salt Rock)

Girls Under-16:
Mahina Maeda (HAW), Gold Medal
Karelle Poppke (TAH), Silver Medal
Dax McGill (HAW), Bronze Medal
Frankie Harrer (USA), Copper Medal

=16. Chanelle Botha (Warner Beach)
=31. Anoush Zakarian (Melkbosstrand)

ISA Aloha Cup:
Japan- 63.77, Gold Medal
USA- 60.73, Silver Medal
Peru- 51.55, Bronze Medal
Australia- 49.08, Copper Medal

For full event coverage including all results, daily videos and photo galleries visit http://www.isawjsc.com/

Team SA’s progress through the event can be found at www.facebook.com/surfing.sa and via www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

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

The 2013 South African Junior Team has been provided with kit by Billabong and Skullcandy. The team’s travel arrangements were made by All Aboard Travel

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