ISA World Masters champions crowned tomorrow
ISA World Masters Surfing Championships
International Surfing Association
La Libertad, El Salvador
16 - 23 October 2011
USA, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and South Africa fight for the trophy: Finals kick off at 10 am local time | espanol
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 October, 2011 : - - USA, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and South Africa are the leading contenders to take home the ISA Eduardo Arena World Team Trophy of this historic El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship, which ends Sunday at Punta Roca.
As the National Teams head to the final day of the event, the five teams are close in points:
1- Brazil – 11890 points
2- South Africa 10906 points
3- USA 10836 points
4- Hawaii 10075 points
5- Puerto Rico 9315 points
Into The Finals
Ten surfers, two from each of the five divisions, have secured a spot on the podium after placing first or second in the Main Event finals. They are: Gary Van Wieringen (RSA) and Ross Williams (HAW) in Masters (+35); Juan Ashton (PUR) and Jojo de Olvença (BRA) in Grand Masters (+40); Tom Curren (USA) and Jim Hogan in Kahunas (+45); Nick Pearson (AUS) and Allen Sarlo in Grand Kahunas (+50); and Layne Beachley (RSA) and Heather Clark (RSA) in Women Masters (+35). All of them will compete tomorrow in the final for the World Title.
Juan Ashton © ISA / Watts
Van Wieringen, the only surfer in the Masters Main Event Final who doesn’t have a past in the ASP World Tour, ended up winning today’s qualifying heat. Williams finished second, Jojo de Olivença (BRA) third and Davey Gonsalves (HAW) fourth. Third and fourth fell to the Repechage Final.
The South African’s strong frontside attack earned high marks from the judges as he scored 13.66 (7.83+5.83). “I’m very happy to be in the final. I have been feeling better in every heat. Let’s just hope I can keep it up all the way. I’ve been competing for long enough so I know how to deal with pressure,” said Van Wieringen.
Three-time ISA World Champion Juan Ashton (PUR) had another clear victory, posting a combined total of 14.84 (8.67+6.17) to leave Jojo de Olivença (BRA) in second, Fabio Gouveia (BRA) in third and Dean Randazzo (USA) in fourth. Once again the winner of the heat was the only one that was never part of the ASP World Tour.
After winning three Gold Medals and one Copper in the ISA World Masters three previous editions, Ashton sets out for yet another Gold Medal at the final tomorrow. “This is amazing, I can’t believe it! Four tournaments, four finals,” said Ashton. “I have no words to describe it. I always come to the World Masters with a positive attitude, thinking I have a chance at winning the competition, but it gets harder as the standards rise each year.”
A great Team USA victory was led by Tom Curren and Jim Hogan, who placed first and second respectively in the Main Event Final. Mike Latronic (HAW, third) and David Malherbe (RSA, fourth) dropped to the Repechage Final.
“It feels great and I’m really stoked. Team USA is doing great,” said Curren. “We have a strong team and hopefully we can come to the next event and be the defending world champions.”
Lineup © Quincho
Seven-time ASP World Champion Layne Beachley posted the highest combined score of the event so far 15.17 (7.50+7.67) to beat Heather Clark (RSA), Andrea Lopes (BRA, third) and Melissa Proud (HAW, fourth), and make it to her first ISA World Masters final. “I was felling much more comfortable and relaxed on the smaller waves, and it’s a lot of fun. Next heat is really important so I’m focusing all my energy on it.”
Nick Pearson (AUS) and Allen Sarlo (RSA) sent three-time ISA World Champion Chris Knutsen (RSA) and Javier Gorbea (PUR) to the Repechage. Pearson, who came as a last-minute substitute for the 1978 World Champion, Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholmew, gave an amazing performance throughout the entire event and won a clear victory today.
Repechage – One Step Away From the Grand Final
A different story took place on the Repechage “sudden death” rounds with a marathon of heats. Some athletes surfed three times today and those who made it through are now one step away from the Medals in the Repechage Final.
They are: Masters Mark Richardson (AUS) and Carlos Cabrero (PUR); Grand Masters Santiago Di Pace (ARG) and Andre Malherbe; Kahunas David Husadel (BRA) and Sergio Penna (BRA); Grand Kahunas Craig Schieber (CRI) and Jean Labrucherie (FRA); and Women Masters Andrea Díaz (CRI) and Alissa Cairns (USA).
As the El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship comes to a close tomorrow, history will once again be written by the world’s best Masters surfers.
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