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Team Australia takes the Gold at ISA SUP Worlds

Team Australia celebrate their victory : photo ISA/Tweddle


ISA SUP and Paddleboard Worlds

TravelSIM Team Australia Triumphs At ISA World SUP and Paddleboarding Titles

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 February, 2012 : - - Coolangatta/Qld - TravelSIM Team Australia has captured the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship with a triumphant victory lap on the final day in Lima, Peru. Team Australia won four gold medals, including the teams' title, and five silver medals on the final day to cap off a dominant performance.

Team captain Jamie Mitchell also enjoyed some redemption in the 18km SUP Marathon, after an error the previous day in the Men’s Technical Race cost him the gold medal.

“I wanted to redeem myself from yesterday because I made a few silly mistakes,” said Mitchell, in regard to losing the gold medal because he didn’t properly complete the Technical Race.

Mitchell’s effort in the Men’s SUP Marathon was the beginning of a parade of medals won by Australia on the final day. Just behind Mitchell came teammate Travis Grant, and shortly behind him, another teammate, Brad Gaul, for first in the Men’s Paddleboard Marathon. The win was Gaul’s third of the event. Gaul was followed by Joel Mason, who also won the silver medal behind Gaul in the shorter paddleboard race three days prior.

Australian Jordan Mercer again proved herself to be among the elite paddleboard racers in the world, winning the Women’s Paddleboard Marathon by several minutes, and, like Gaul, earned her third gold medal of the five-day event.

“Brad and I, three races and three golds; we can’t ask for anything more,” Mercer said. “Coming to Peru was just a phenomenal experience; a whole new culture and things you don’t see every day.

“I’m so grateful that we came over here and so honoured that I could come with the Australian team to be involved in such a prestigious competition. This may be the first year, but this is history that’s being made, and hopefully these are some records that are going to stand for a long time.”

The silver medallist behind Mercer was South Africa’s Anna Notten, who won the bronze medal in the shorter course earlier in the week.

In the Women’s SUP Marathon, USA’s Brandi Baksic completed the sweep of the SUP races, again winning with minutes between her and the next closest division competitor. Team Australia’s Angela Jackson won the silver medal behind Baksic, her second medal of the event.

In the Women’s SUP Surfing Final, 18-year-old American Emmy Merrill (15.94) made a strong start and didn’t look back to relegate Team Australia’s Shakira Westdorp (10.66) to second.

Frenchman Antoine Delpero was just as dominant in the men’s final scoring 17.56 to defeat Australia’s Justin Holland (12.50) with the USA’s Sean Poynter (12.20) third and Australia’s Jackson (11.64) in fourth.

With its strong showing on the final day of the event, Australia ran away in the team standings, winning the Club Waikiki Trophy.

Surfing Australia would like to recognise the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), TravelSIM and Suncorp for their continuing support of the Team Australia Program.

Source: Surfing Australia

Author: Tim Brimblecombe
Tags: TravelSIM Team Australia

Teams: Surfersvillage



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