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 Mens 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 didnt properly complete the Technical Race.
Mitchells effort in the Mens 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 Mens Paddleboard Marathon. The win was Gauls 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 Womens 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 cant ask for anything more, Mercer said. Coming to Peru was just a phenomenal experience; a whole new culture and things you dont see every day.
Im 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 thats being made, and hopefully these are some records that are going to stand for a long time.
The silver medallist behind Mercer was South Africas Anna Notten, who won the bronze medal in the shorter course earlier in the week.
In the Womens SUP Marathon, USAs Brandi Baksic completed the sweep of the SUP races, again winning with minutes between her and the next closest division competitor. Team Australias Angela Jackson won the silver medal behind Baksic, her second medal of the event.
In the Womens SUP Surfing Final, 18-year-old American Emmy Merrill (15.94) made a strong start and didnt look back to relegate Team Australias Shakira Westdorp (10.66) to second.
Frenchman Antoine Delpero was just as dominant in the mens final scoring 17.56 to defeat Australias Justin Holland (12.50) with the USAs Sean Poynter (12.20) third and Australias 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