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Tanika Hoffman clinches Silver medal as SA Surf Team places fourth at ISA China Cup

November 24th, 2014
Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) on the podium after clinching the Silver medal for the Women’s division at the ISA China Cup on Monday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales  

Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) on the podium after clinching the Silver medal for the Women’s division at the ISA China Cup on Monday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Tanika Hoffman clinched a memorable Silver medal for placing second in the Women’s division as the South African Surfing team finished fourth in the ISA China Cup at Riyue Bay in Wanning, on Hainan Island in the South China Sea earlier today.

The invitational event, which featured the top seven ISA surfing nations plus a team from hosts China for the first time, ended in small thigh to waist high waves and rainy conditions on Monday.

Hoffman, one of the country’s most experienced female surfing competitors, earned a well deserved first medal in her sixth appearance in national team colours. She marched undefeated directly from Round 1 into the Grand Final in China and led the decider for the first 20 minutes, but struggled to find a high-scoring backup wave and slipped to second place behind Milushka Tello (Peru) in the dying moments of the encounter.

In the Men’s division, Michael February was the best SA performer. The Kommetjie resident reached Round 3 of the Qualifying stream before being relegated to the Repercharge rounds. There he survived one further round before being ousted in 7th position overall.

Faye Zoetmulder was the next best South African, placing equal 9th in the Women’s division. Casey Grant finished his campaign in equal 15th place, Dylan Lightfoot was equal 17th and David Brand ended equal 21st.

With strong performances on both the Men and Women’s side, Peru won the Team Gold medal and the ISA China Cup Team Trophy. Australia placed a close second, earning the Silver medal, Brazil won the Bronze medal and South Africa took the Copper medal.

All the results, along with images and videos from the China Cup can be found at http://hainaninternationalsurfingfestival.com/china-cup Additional information and images can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and https://www.facebook.com/surfing.sa

ISA China Cup Team Results:

ISA China Cup – Team Rankings
1- Peru- 13,378 – Gold medal + ISA China Cup Team Trophy.
2- Australia- 13,232 – Silver medal
3- Brazil- 9,766 – Bronze medal
4- South Africa- 9,760 – Copper Medal
5- Argentina- 9,27
6- Costa Rica- 8,910
7- Panama 7,640
8- China 7,140

ISA China Cup – Women’s Results
1- Miluska Tello (PER) – Gold medal
2- Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay, RSA) – Silver Medal
3- Jessica Grimwood (AUS) – Bronze medal
4- Leilani McGonagle (CRI) – Copper medal

9- Faye Zoetmulder (Seal Point, RSA)

ISA China Cup – Men’s Results
1- Nicholas Squiers (AUS) – Gold medal
2- Juninho Urcia (PER) – Silver medal
3- Miguel Tudela (PER) – Bronze medal
4- Mariano Arreyes (ARG) – Copper medal

7- Michael February (Kommetjie, RSA)
15- Casey Grant (Scottburgh, RSA)
17- Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay, RSA)
21- David Brand – Kommetjie, RSA)

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognized by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee as the governing body for surf riding in South Africa. SSA is made up of surfers, longboarders, bodyboarders and Stand Up Paddlers and is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the World governing body for surf riding.

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