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Kahunas podium © ISA / Watts




 

ISA World Masters Surfing Championships

International Surfing Association
La Libertad, El Salvador
16 - 23 October 2011

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First ever victory for Team USA at the El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championships  |  espanol

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 October, 2011 : - - Team USA’s debut in the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship proved to be more than successful. They are taking home the Team Trophy, the Kahunas Gold and Silver Medals won by Tom Curren and Jim Hogan. Also Grand Kahunas and Women Masters Copper Medals were won by Allen Sarlo and Alissa Cairns respectively.

The team also had Masters Sean Mattison and Jason Senn, and Grand Masters Dean Randazzo and David Giddings placing in top 16 positions.

“Of course, the great performances in the Kahunas with Tom Curren and Jimmy Hogan were key,” said Team USA Head Coach, Ian Cairns. “But it was also a good, consistent performance by the whole team, as most of our guys made the finals.  In this event you have to make the finals; you must have all of your team do well. We had a great time in El Salvador and to come out as champions, it’s just really amazing for us.”

Final Results – Team Medalists
Gold: USA
Silver: Brazil
Bronze: South Africa
Copper: Puerto Rico  

 

 
Team USA celebration © ISA / Watts 

 

"I have eight world titles now!” said seven-time ASP World Champion Layne Beachley (AUS) after winning her first-ever ISA Gold Medal.
Beachley Wins Her Eighth World Title. Seven-Time ASP World Champion, Layne Beachley, added an eighth World Title to her trophy cabinet. An ISA Masters World Title that came three years after she retired from professional surfing shows that her surfing skills remain intact.

In the final, Beachley was solid, posting 13.10 (6.50+6.60) to beat Heather Clark (RSA, second), Andrea Lopes (BRA, third) and Alissa Cairns (USA, fourth).

“It feels really satisfying to come home with the Gold. I have eight world titles now!” said Beachley. “To have the whole team at the rocks supporting me was a really great experience. We are doing the country proud and I was really honored to surf for Australia. This was a wonderful experience and I hope to come back next year.”

Final results – Women Masters
Gold: Layne Beachley (AUS)
Silver: Heather Clark (RSA)
Bronze: Andrea Lopes (BRA)
Copper: Alissa Cairns (USA)

 


Women's podium © ISA / Watts

 

Stylish Craig “Tequila” Schieber was the surprise of the day, winning the first ISA Gold in the history of Costa Rican surfing. Coming from the Repechage rounds, Schieber was quick and effective in the 25-minute final match-up. A combined total of 9.86 (6.33+3.53) was enough to win the World Title.

“I have no words to describe how this feels. I’m so happy!  Thank you to the ISA for making this event.  I still can’t believe it. I guess now I’m Tequila Gold,” laughed Schieber. “I hope this becomes an inspiration for all the young great surfers we have in Costa Rica. I would like to see them winning gold medals and maybe even some day a team gold medal.”

Final results – Grand Kahunas
Gold: Craig Schieber (CRI)
Silver: Chris Knutsen (RSA)
Bronze: Nick Pearson (AUS)
Copper: Allen Sarlo (USA)

 


Craig Schieber © ISA / Watts

 

Curren Writes Another Entry into the History Book of Surfing: The three-time ASP World Champion, 1980 ISA Junior Gold Medalist and 1982 ISA Open Gold Medalist entered into surfing’s history books once again by becoming the first surfer ever to have won the Gold in the main three ISA signature events (Juniors, Open and Masters).

After a slow start, Curren found a nice right that that he ripped with strong and stylish turns, earning him an 8.17. He backed that up with a 4.60 that was worthy of a Gold Medal.

“This is a great feeling and I’m really stoked about the team we have,” said Curren after the final. “It’s really fun to be part of the team, and having Ian as a coach has been great this week. Being a World Champion in three ISA divisions is a great addition to my resume.”

Final Results – Kahunas
Gold: Tom Curren (USA)
Silver: Jim Hogan (USA)
Bronze: David Malherbe (RSA)
Copper: David Husadel (BRA)

 

 
Tom Curren © ISA / Watts

 

Ashton Wins His Fourth Gold: Today, Puerto Rican Juan Ashton became the “poster boy” for the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships. His victory in the Grand Masters division gave him four gold medals in the four ISA Masters events held in the last 5 years.

With seven minutes remaining until the end of the final, Ashton was third and needed a 7-point ride. A set wave came on his final wave and after combining six solid turns, he received a 7.77 from the judges, jumping straight to the first place and to the top of the podium.

An overjoyed and pumped up Ashton screamed the number “four,” while smiling and hugging his peers all the way from the point at Punta Roca to the podium. He said afterwards, “I can’t put this into words. I guess I just didn’t give up, and I was like, ‘I can do it; I just need one more wave.’” With seven minutes left, I got that wave and I surfed it almost with my eyes closed; I was so pumped to make it all the way trough. I’m just super happy.”

Final results - Grand Masters
Gold: Juan Ahston (PUR)
Silver: Jojo de Olivença (BRA)
Bronze: Fabio Gouveia (BRA)
Copper: Andre Malherbe (RSA)

 

   
Juan Ashton © ISA / Watts

 

Mark Richardson Wins the Masters Division: Australian Mark Richardson came all the way from the first round of the Repechage, surfing in seven heats before making it to the final and ending up being crowned the ISA Masters World Champion.

A former ISA Medalist and Australian Professional Champion, Richardson knew how to take advantage of his amazing backhand approach. He started strong by posting an 8.17 and ended the same way with a 7.17, making a total of 15.34, the highest combined score of the day.

Afterwards, an emotional Richardson, hugging his young son, said, “I’m just so stoked, I came third in the World Surfing Games in 2004, when I was winning and with one minute to go, a wave was taken away from me and I was left in third. So this is the one that I really wanted to win.  I’m so happy it happened!”

Final Results – Masters
Gold: Mark Richardson (AUS)
Silver: Carlos Cabrero (PUR)
Bronze: Gary Van Wieringen (RSA)
Copper: Ross Williams (HAW)

 

 
Mark Richardson © ISA / Watts

 

Closing Ceremony: A colorful Closing Ceremony took place at the podium stage immediately after the last final ended. The dignitaries present were El Salvador Minister of Tourism, Jose Napoleón Duarte; La Libertad Mayor, Carlos Molina; El Salvador Surfing Association President, Saburo Okuzawa; ISA Contest Director Marcos Bukao, and ISA Director General Bob Mignogna.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre did not attend, as he’s in California recovering from a surfing injury. From home in a recorded message, he stated, “I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to all the organizers, to the people and government of El Salvador and certainly to all the delegations and the athletes for this incredible competition. Some of you are going home with medals, but all of you are champions. Thank you for making it to El Salvador and I hope to see you next year at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship.”

Tourism Minister, José Napoleón Duarte, gave thanks to the ISA and all the delegations for coming to his country. He also commented, “This event shows that this is the right moment for developing the sport and therefore tourism in El Salvador.”

After all the winning medals were awarded, ISA Director General Bob Mignogna, in the name of ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, declared officially closed the El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship.

With another edition of the annual ISA World Masters Surfing Championship successfully complete, the ISA looks forward to announcing the location of the premiere world team masters surfing event for 2012.

 


Celebration © ISA / Watts

 

Country Final Standings
1 United States 9396
2 Brazil 9086
3 South Africa 8886
4 Puerto Rico 8618
5 Australia 8480
6 Hawaii 7664
7 Costa Rica 6090
8 Argentina 6016
9 France 5821
10 Peru 5548
11 Venezuela 5363
12 Trinidad & Tobago 5335
13 El Salvador 5230
14 Ecuador 5030
15 Uruguay 3640
16 Mexico 2240
17 Sweden 1905
18 Germany 1680
19 Switzerland 680
20 Panama 500
21 New Zealand 450

 

 

The ISA World Masters Surfing Championship is sponsored by El Salvador Impresionante, Alcaldía del Puerto de La Libertad, Surfos, Alcatel, TACA), El Gráfico, Olas Permanentes Magazine, TIGO, Decameron, Cushe, Maya Realty, Yamaha, Alamo, La Femenina, CONJUVE, Amate Travel, Línea Ejecutiva, Surfline, Hospital de la Mujer, Arreconsa, Torogoz, Pepsi, Adrenaline, Gray Line El Salvador, CASATUR and POLITUR

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Slideshows
# 1 : 
Pre-event
# 2 : Day 1 & Opening ceremony
# 3 : Day 2
# 4 : Day 3
# 5 :
 Day 4 & Beach Party
# 6 : Day 5
# 7 : Day 6


Previous reports:
# 1 : ISA World Masters Surfing Champs hit El Salvador 
# 2 : Curren signs on for ISA World Masters Champs 
# 3 : 15 countries on for ISA World Masters Champs 
# 4 : El Salvador amps for ISA World Masters Champs   
# 5 : ISA Masters kicks off in 'State of Emergency' surf    
# 6 : Day 1 of the El Salvador ISA World Masters ON     
# 7 : ISA World Masters commences in El Salvador... 
# 8 : Perfect Conditions for Day 3 of ISA World Masters
# 9 : Aloha Beach Party gathers world at ISA Masters    
# 10 : Team USA leads race for gold at ISA Masters 
# 11 : ISA World Masters champions crowned tomorrow 

Final Team Reports for El Salvador ISA World Masters Champs

Team Australia:
# 1 :
Rabbit Bartholomew participates at ISA World Masters
# 2 :
Australia names lineup for the ISA World Masters
# 3 :
Injured Rabbit withdraws from Oz masters team   
# 4 : Team Australia dominant Day 1 of World Masters
# 5 :
Toby Martin firing for Team Australia at Masters
# 6 : Mixed day for Australians at ISA World Masters 
# 7 : Team Australia takes two at ISA World Masters

Team Costa Rica:
# 1 : ISA pospone el arranque para martes debido a...

# 2 : La Selección Master de Costa Rica inició labores

# 3 : Costa Rica se prepara para escalar el repechaje

# 4 : Tequila impone su ritmo en el día tres del Mundia
 
# 5 : Tequila lo hizo de nuevo y entró al Top 10 Mun..  
# 6 : Costa Rica entró al top 10 por equipos y cerró...

Team France:
# 1 :
Team France : l'equipe de france master salvador
# 2 :
Team France : l'equipe france ISA World Masters

Team Hawaii:
# 1 : Hawaii team rolls into ISA Masters in El Salvador

Team South Africa:
# 1 :
South Africans name ISA World Masters team
# 2 :
South Africa team waits out storm at ISA Masters
# 3 :
Strong start for Team South Africa at ISA Masters
# 4 :
South Africans right as rain through ISA Masters 
# 5 : Saffas Clark & Knutsen on track at ISA Masters  
# 6 : Malherbe brothers shine for SA at World Masters 
# 7 : South Africa team bags six medals at ISA Masters

Team Uruguay:
# 1 :
El Seleccionado Uruguayo de Surf comienza... 

Team Venezuela:
# 1 :
Venezuela abre los ISA World Master Champs...

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