Team South Africa dominate day 2 of ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in Panama
Team South Africa, back-to-back Gold Medal winners of the previous two editions of the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship dominated Day 2 of the 2010 event in Panama on Monday, winning all eight heats they contested, posting many of the highest scores and ending the day the only one of the 21 nations competing that has all eight team members in the winners round.
The waves improved for the second day of the competition, reaching 12 feet (4 metres) at times, and in light offshore wind and sunny skies, SA’s supremacy today was stunning. Stellar performances from David Malherbe with a heat tally of 15.43 out of a possible 20.00, and former Kahunas and Grand Kahunas World Champion, Chris Knutsen with a single ride score of 9.5 out of a possible 10.00, were the highest recorded in the event so far.
Malherbe, from East London, who was a copper medalist in the ISA World Masters in Puerto Rico 2007, said, “I am happy about my performance and I am not feeling the pressure. I would like to do well in this event and I’m looking forward to tomorrow, it’s is going to be a great day.”
Knutsen, from Durban, was equally happy after winning his heat. “I have been fortunate to go to the last two ISA World Masters and it just seems to get better. It’s a huge mission to pull off a contest like this and there is a great team of people doing a fantastic job.”
South Africans also had Heather Clark (Port Shepstone), the defending ISA World Champion, and Wayne Monk (East London) posting the highest combined and single wave scores in the Women Masters and Masters divisions respectively.
Team captain Marc Wright (Durban) convincingly won his opening heat to join David Malherbe in Round 2 of the Kahunas while Andrew Banks (Port Shepstone) joined Monk in Round 3 of the Masters.
According to Surfline’s official forecast, the wave size will hold steady through the day Tuesday with possibly larger sets in the afternoon.
ISA World Masters Surfing Championships
Schedule for Tuesday 31 August (South Africans in Brackets)
Grand Masters Main Event R2 (Andre Malherbe + Robert Moore-Boyle)
Kahunas Main Event R2 (David Malherbe + Marc Wright)
Women Masters Main Event R2 (Heather Clark)
Women Masters Repecharge R1
Grand Kahuna Repecharge R1
Grand Kahuna Qualify R2 (Chris Knutsen)
Masters Repecharge R1
Kahunas Repecharge R1
All the action from the event, including live webcasts, daily videos, photos, results and contest news in both English and Spanish can be found at www.panamaisaworldmasters.com. The event is scheduled to start at 6.30am local time daily. (1.30pm SA time).
Event updates are also available through the ISA Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.
The SA Masters Team preparations and attendance at the 2010 ISA World Masters Championships is made possible thanks to a R150 000 grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF).
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The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running world championships since 1964 and the Junior World Championships since 1980.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of over 60 countries on six continents. Its headquarters are located in San Diego, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre, first elected in 1994 in Rio, and re-elected six times since. The ISA’s four Vice Presidents are Alan Atkins (Australia), Robin de Kock (South Africa), Mike Gerard (USA) and Karín Sierralta (Peru).
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