Team Australia's Sandra English takes the Silver
Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship
International Surfing Association
Colorado Beach, Hacienda Iguana Nicaragua
14 to 22 July 2012
Sandra English collects silver medal in the Women’s Masters Division
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 July, 2012 : - - TravelSIM Team Australia has finished third behind Hawaii and the USA at the Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship while Sandra English (Budgewoi, NSW) collected the silver medal in the Women’s Masters Division. Held at Colorado Beach at Hacienda Iguana, the championships attracted more than 130 surfers 35-years and older from 25 nations competing in the Masters (Over 35), Grand Masters (Over 40), Kahuna (Over 45) and Grand Kahuna (Over 50) divisions.
Travelsim Team Australia finished fifth at last year’s titles in El Salvador and improved two spots in 2012 after an exciting final day of competition at Colorado Beach. The powerful Hawaiian team took the honours with 10540 points ahead of the USA (9771), Australia (7540) and Brazil (7306).
TravelSIM Team Australia had four competitors still in contention heading into the final day and finished with a silver to English; a bronze medal to Rod Baldwin (Copacabana, NSW) in the Grand Kahunas Division; and a copper medal for fourth to Mark Cameron (Woolgoolga, NSW) in the Grand Masters Division.
John Schmidenberg (Emerald Beach, NSW) entered the final day needing to finish in the top two of the Round Six Repechage Heat in the Men’s Kahunas Division, but missed second place by just .27 of a point. English was desperately close to snatching the gold medal in the Women’s Masters but was pipped by Hawaii’s former World Tour competitor Rochelle Ballard 8.90 to 8.17.
In the Men’s Grand Kahunas, Baldwin featured in the only final not involving a Hawaiian to finish third on 10.10 behind Peru’s Javier Huarcaya (14.67) and the USA’s Allen Sarlo (11.30). Cameron (7.10) came up against a Hawaiian double-team in the final of the Grand Masters Division with 2000 World Champion Sunny Garcia winning gold on 17.66 ahead of countryman Kaipo Jaquias (17.33).
Garcia (14.10) and Jaquias (10.87) also finished second and third in the Men’s Masters Division behind Venezuela’s Magnum Martinez (16.66). The Kahunas Division was won by the USA’s James Hogan (15.56) ahead of countryman Ricky Schaffer (13.50) and Hawaii’s Mike Latronic (11.10).
Final Team Standings:
1 Hawaii 10540, 2 USA 9771, 3 Australia 7540, 4 Brazil 7306, 5 Venezuela 7303.
TravelSIM Team Australia
Men's Masters (Over 35)
Dean Hall (Miami, QLD)
Robbie Page (Kempsey, NSW)
Men's Grand Masters (Over 40)
David Hammond (Avalon Beach, NSW)
Mark Cameron (Woolgoolga, NSW)
Men's Kahunas (Over 45)
Scott Weinreich (Scamander, TAS)
John Schmidenberg (Emerald Beach, NSW)
Men's Grand Kahunas (Over 50)
Rod Baldwin (Copacabana, NSW)
Women's Masters (Over 35)
Sandra English (Budgewoi, NSW)
Lee Schulze (Scamander, TAS)
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The Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship is made possible with the backing of the following sponsors: Nicaragua Tourism Institute, Gray Line, AmericanAirlines, Canal 13, Amnet, Hacienda Iguana, Taca, VOS TV, Municipalidad de Tola, Flor de Caña, INISER; the following cosponsors: Movistar, Dollar, Alamo, Comité Olimpico Nicaragüense, Hilton, Nuevo Diario, Guacalito, Condor, Servipro, Aqua Spa, CDNN canal 23, Nicasurfing; and the following supporters: Surfari Charters, Corona, Paso Pacifico, Renisa, Parmalat, Credomatic, Cruz Roja, Pantaleon, Canatur. The media partners are Pasión Xtrema, SurfersVillage and Surfos. The Official Forecaster for the event is Surfline.
Author: Pablo Zanocchi
Tags: ISA World Masters. Nicaragua