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

September 28th, 2013
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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The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China, and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013. ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 75 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

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