Quiksilver's Costa Rican prodigy Noe Mar McGonagle wins ISA's
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 June, 2015 - Popoyo, Nicaragua - Quiksilver’s Noe Mar McGonagle is the new ISA World Champion.
The young Costa Rican, aged 19, accomplished a major feat by clinching both individual Gold Medal and Team event title at the 2015 ISA World surfing Games in Nicaragua.
“I didn’t do it for myself, I did it for Costa Rica,” said Noe Mar, full of national pride. “We come to these ISA events to do the best for our country, and I knew a win in my heat would give us the points we needed for the team Gold. Costa Rica is a small country, but we have a big heart and the most supportive people. I dedicate this to them.”
In the Men’s final, Noe Mar defeatedthe defending 2014 Gold Medalist Leandro Usuna (ARG), Bronze Medalist Shane Holmes (AUS) as well as renowned talent Nic Von Rupp (POR).
The Quiksilver surfer built his win by posting two solid 8 points rides while his opponents were still looking for a correct score. Then, Noe Mar stepped it up again with a near-perfect 9.93 wave which propelled him to the podium top spot.
With the combined effort of the McGonagle and his team mates, Costa Rica leaves Nicaragua with the Team World Champion title.
This 2015 ISA World Champion title is an extraordinary accomplishment for Noe, a surfer born and raised in the small village of Pavones, Costa Rica. Until he reaches the Professional Surfing elite… As for now Noe Mar is ranked world n°12 on the Qualifying Series and has a good chance to join the WSL top 32 surfers in 2016.