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ISA and the Life Saving Association of Sri Lanka Further Collaborate on Water Safety Initiatives in

ISA and the Life Saving Association of Sri Lanka Further Collaborate on Water Safety Initiatives in

16/06/2017, Playa Popoyo, Surfing, ISA World Surfing Games 2015, Article # 22842504

By ISA Course Presenter Tim Jones

At the end of May in the city of Galle, Sri Lanka the International Surfing Association (ISA) furthered its collaboration with the Life Saving Association of Sri Lanka (LSASL) by donating four new CPR dummies to the Sea Lion Aquatic Club.

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ISA Course Presenter Tim Jones and the Sea Lion Aquatic Club show their stoke. Photo: Tim Jones

Receiving the dummies for the club was LSASL Trainer Mr. Sumith Somikelum and presenting them was Tim Jones, ISA Course Presenter for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has an amazing coastline and beautiful waves and the LSASL is helping spearhead the launch of the new formed Sri Lanka Surfing Federation with tremendous help from the LSASL Vice President Mr Hiran Ukwatte and the Sri Lankan National Olympic Committee.

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Tim Jones donates the CPR dummies to the members of the Sea Lion Aquatic Club. Photo: Tim Jones

Drowning has been a real issue for Sri Lanka over the years with one of the highest death tolls due to drowning to be found worldwide. On average 850 people die of drowning each year in Sri Lanka. President Asanka Nanayakkara of LSASL has been tackling this problem head on with ‘learn to swim’ programs and developing Life Saving Clubs throughout the island.

But now, with the ISA and LSASL backing the new Sri Lanka Surfing Federation there are more qualified ISA coaches who have an ISA/ILS Water Safety qualification and can add more safety to the surf line.

Just after the presentation was made, rains began and a monsoon hit, causing Sri Lanka to suffer suffered again from terrible flooding. After the disaster of the Tsunami it’s hard to imagine the almost yearly loss of life occurring due to flooding. This year over 200 people lost their lives but straight away the LSASL was there with emergency relief and top surfers and qualified ISA coaches like Rajith Kumara joined in the relief efforts.

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Life Saving Association of Sri Lanka in action after the flooding in Sri Lanka. Photo: Tim Jones

With the positive relationship of the ISA, the LSASL and the Sri Lankan National Olympic Committee, there is a bright future ahead for Sri Lankan surfing that contains individuals who will work together as a team to face any challenge.

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The International Surfing Association and the International Canoe Federation Request Mediation by th

The International Surfing Association and the International Canoe Federation Request Mediation by th

16/06/2017, Playa Popoyo, Surfing, ISA World Surfing Games 2015, Article # 22840321

The International Surfing Association (ISA) and the International Canoe Federation (ICF) have requested the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to mediate new discussions over the governance of StandUp Paddle (SUP).

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The Women’s Technical Race takes off at the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:

“We are pleased that the issue regarding the governance of SUP, a discipline that is very important for ISA, is now before CAS. As a committed member of the Olympic Family, we believe CAS is the appropriate forum to have this case heard fairly.

“The ISA welcomes the opportunity to put forward our position as the historical rightful custodian of SUP that can continue to best ensure the development of the sport and work in the interest of all SUP athletes worldwide.

“Under the guidance of the ISA for many years, both SUP Surfing and Racing disciplines have grown in popularity and professionalism – becoming one of the fastest growing water sports in the world.”

Triple SUP Racing World Champion (2013, 2014 & 2016), ISA Vice President and Chairman of the ISA Athletes’ Commission, Casper Steinfath, said:

“The ISA has been able to offer so much to SUP and our athletes – creating an international competitive platform, empowering national surfing federations to develop the sport worldwide and giving a voice to our discipline that can be heard by more people globally.

“The ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship is a cornerstone in the Federation’s World Championship Series, and the first to feature complete gender equality. At the same time, the ISA’s global SUP coaching programmes have brought the sport to new surfing nations around the world such as Iran, The Gambia and Singapore.

“As an active professional SUP racing athlete, I look forward to this issue being addressed fairly and quickly.”

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International Surfing Day and the Big Milly’s surf cup in Ghana, 16 – 18th June 2017

International Surfing Day and the Big Milly’s surf cup in Ghana, 16 – 18th June 2017

09/06/2017, Playa Popoyo, Surfing, ISA World Surfing Games 2015, Article # 22781630
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June 17, 2017 marks the 13th annual International Surfing Day (ISD). Each year celebrations take place across the globe in more than 30 countries featuring surf contests, barbecues, film screenings and other surf-related activities. In addition to celebrating the sport and lifestyle of surfing, participants also give back to our ocean, waves and beaches by organizing beach cleanups, habitat restoration and other acts promoting coastal protection.

Ghana will once again be participating in this great annual event. For the 3rd year running, Surf Star Ghana and Mr Brights surf shop will be hosting a surfing weekend end based from the famous Big Milly’s Backyard, Kokrobite.

During the weekend we will be hosting the Big Milly’s surf cup. Surfers will be participating to be crowned this year’s surfing champions, 50 surfers from around 20 nations will be competing in the event.

The surfing event will have 3 categories, seniors, juniors and ladies. The event is open to all; whether you want to compete or just come down and support the surfers everyone is welcome.

Also this year for the entire week of 12th- 18th June there will be beach cleaning initiative supported by JSO waste management and the local community of Kokrobite to keep Ghana’s premier tourist beach location in pristine condition. There will also be live music, Dj’s, surf movie screenings, beach boxing and a bazar to be held at the Kokrobite gardens with shopping and fun activities for family and children.

For further info please contact us on 0264 316 053.

We hope to see you on the beach.

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Mexico’s Jhony Corzo Crowned Men’s ISA World Champion at 2017 ISA World Surfing Games, Joan Duru

Mexico’s Jhony Corzo Crowned Men’s ISA World Champion at 2017 ISA World Surfing Games, Joan Duru

29/05/2017, Playa Popoyo, Surfing, ISA World Surfing Games 2015, Article # 22689118

Biarritz celebrates France’s Team Gold Medal, Team Portugal earns Silver, Spain Bronze, Mexico Copper

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A historic week of competition at the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games in Biarritz, France concluded on Sunday as an edition to go down in the record books. Mexico’s 18-year-old prodigy Jhony Corzo earned the Gold Medal in the Open Men’s Division, the first-ever individual Medal for Team Mexico that also propelled his team to their first Medal in history with the overall Copper.

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Mexico’s Jhony Corzo soaks in the pride of being crowned ISA World Champion. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

2017 ISA World Surfing Games Gold Medalist, Jhony Corzo said:

“It’s an amazing feeling to be crowned World Champion! I don’t have words for it. This is something that I wanted ever since I was young and started surfing. This is my first time competing in the ISA World Surfing Games and I got the Gold. It’s a dream come true.”

Rounding out the podium for the Open Men’s Division were France’s Joan Duru with the Silver Medal, Portugal’s Pedro Henrique with the Bronze Medal, and Spain’s Jonathan González with the Copper Medal.

Team France got off to a blazing start in the week-long competition with the dominant Gold and Silver Medal performances of Pauline Ado and Johanne Defay in the Women’s Division on May 22. The French Men also dominated their side of the competition, complimenting their Gold Medal that was clinched after Saturday’s competition with the individual Silver Medal of Duru and Semifinal finish of Jeremy Flores.

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The host country France claims the Gold Medal after an excellent performance from all their surfers in Biarritz. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

Team Portugal earned the Team Silver Medal for an impressive third consecutive year. Team Spain finished their solid run in the event with the Bronze Medal and Team Mexico took the Copper, their first time standing on the medal podium in the event’s history.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre, said:

“Congratulations to the Team Gold Medalist, Team France, and the individual Gold Medalists Johny Corzo and Pauline Ado. Jhony and Pauline will stake their names in history as ISA World Champions crowned in Biarritz along with legendary surfer Tom Curren. As all the other ISA competitors, they surfed in true Olympic spirit, for the honor of representing their countries.

“Forty-seven nations came together from around the world to surf in this record-breaking ISA World Surfing Games for a phenomenal week of surfing and team camaraderie. We are watching the sport grow before our eyes, with excellent surfers coming from all five continents and many new nations joining the international Surfing family. In three years’ time, we will look back on this moment and remember which Olympians in Tokyo 2020 competed in this edition of the event.”

Sunday morning kicked off with waist to chest high waves and clean conditions at Grande Plage. The Open Men’s first Semifinal took to the water where Mexico’s Jhony Corzo ignited his run for Gold. After falling behind early, Corzo found a combo of waves that gave him a heat total of 13.70 and sent him into the Final along with Portugal Pedro Henrique. France’s Jeremy Flores was unable to find waves with scoring potential and finished fourth in the heat, bowing from the competition along with Spain’s Vicente Romero.

In the second Semifinal the European surfers prevailed, as Jonathan Gonzalez’s (ESP) 13.90 and Joan Duru’s 13.17 sent them through to the finals, eliminating Morocco’s Yassine Ramdani and USA’s Jordy Collins, who both had inspiring performances deep into the competition.

The final got underway as the tide approached its lowest point, drastically changing the shape of the wave at Grande Plage. Jhony Corzo notched an impressive ride in the excellent range, which when coupled with a solid back up sore of 6.33, launched him into first position. In the dying minutes of the heat France’s Joan Duru landed an air reverse in a last-ditch effort to catch Corzo, needing a high seven-point ride that came up short as a 7.23. Team Mexico let out a sigh of relief and stormed out into the tide to greet their World Champion. Portugal’s Pedro Henrique followed in third place with the Bronze Medal and Spain’s Jonathan Gonzalez less than a point behind Henrique with the Copper Medal.

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Jhony Corzo busts the lip on his back side en route to winning the Gold Medal. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

To cap off the week of competition, the athletes from the top eight countries from the 2016 ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica competed in the ISA Aloha Cup, a tag-team style competition featuring four men and one women on each team. Each athlete rode a total of two waves during the 45-minute-long heats, where the waves from all five team members were summed to get the total team score.

The Semifinals and Finals of the ISA Aloha Cup took to the water after the finish of the Open Men’s Final. Peru and France advanced through the first Semifinal, setting up for a final showdown with Portugal and USA, who advanced through the second Semifinal.

In the Final, Team France emerged victorious in front of the crowd at Grande Plage, giving them another spot atop one of the event’s podiums. Team Portugal challenged France until the end of the Final, but couldn’t match high scores from the powerful French surfers, finishing with the Silver Medal. Peru earned the Bronze and USA finished with the Copper.

Team Rankings
1 (Gold) – France
2 (Silver) – Portugal
3 (Bronze) – Spain
4 (Copper) – Mexico
5 – Japan
6 – Peru
7 – USA
8 – Brazil
9 – Costa Rica
10 – South Africa

View complete team rankings: http://isaworlds.com/wsg/2017/pdf/team-points-wsg-2017-finals.pdf

Open Men Medalists
Gold – Jhony Corzo (MEX)
Silver – Joan Duru (FRA)
Bronze – Pedro Henrique (POR)
Copper – Jonathan Gonzalez (ESP)

Open Women Gold Medalists (Women finished on May 22)
Gold – Pauline Ado (FRA)
Silver – Johanne Defay (FRA)
Bronze – Leilani McGonagle (CRC)
Copper – Bianca Buitendag (RSA)

ISA Aloha Cup
Gold – France
Silver – Portugal
Bronze – Peru
Copper – USA

To replay past days’ webcasts, visit: http://isaworlds.com/wsg/2017/en/live/

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France Wins Historic First-Ever Team World Championship at 2017 ISA World Surfing Games

France Wins Historic First-Ever Team World Championship at 2017 ISA World Surfing Games

28/05/2017, Playa Popoyo, Surfing, ISA World Surfing Games 2015, Article # 22681689

Individual competition set for Semifinals and Finals loaded with world-class talent on Sunday

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Heading into the final day of the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games, the ISA is pleased to officially announce that the host country Team France has made history and won their first-ever Team World Championship in the competition.

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Semifinal performances by Jeremy Flores and Joan Duru along with Women’s Medals from Pauline Ado and Johanne Defay has taken Team France to the Gold Medal position. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Team France got off to a spectacular start with Pauline Ado and Johanne Defay finishing with Gold and Silver in the Women’s Division earlier this week, and now Jeremy Flores and Joan Duru have advanced to the Men’s Semifinals on Sunday. With these results, no other team is in a position to reach France’s point totals.

With the team competition decided, the individual medals will still be highly contested on Sunday afternoon at Grande Plage, Biarritz. Eight surfers’ dreams of winning the Gold Medal are still alive. The Semifinal match ups are the following:

Semifinal 1:
Pedro Henrique (POR)
Jhony Corzo (MEX)
Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Vicente Romero (ESP)

Semifinal 2:
Jonathan González (ESP)
Yassine Ramdani (MAR)
Jordy Collins (USA)
Joan Duru (FRA)

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

“Congratulations to Team France for winning their first-ever ISA World Surfing Games Team World Championship. An amazing accomplishment that should be saluted.

“We are only three years from the Olympic Games… Some of these surfers could very well be competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“I am also very excited to see the universality of our sport in the semifinals with surfers from Europe, the Americas and Africa vying for the Gold Medal.”

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Fans packed the beach at Grand Plage to get a glimpse of their favorite surfers in action. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

The seventh day of competition kicked off with Round 3 and 4 in sunny, clean conditions at Grande Plage. The swell increased as expected and the remaining members of the 47 National Surfing Teams left it all in the ocean, pushing as hard as they could for a chance to advance to the final day to win a medal for their nations.

The only countries relatively closely trailing France struggled through Rounds 3 and 4, as teams that had solid results in the Women’s Division, such as Costa Rica and South Africa, lost the last of their remaining men.

The Quarterfinals finished off the day of competition in continued clean conditions and set the stage for the Semifinals to take place on Sunday.

In the first Quarterfinal, Portugal’s Pedro Henrique, who finished 5th at the 2016 edition, continued his on-point Surfing that has been on display all week and advanced onto the finals with the last African surfer remaining, Morocco’s Yassine Ramdani. Peru’s Cristobal de Col and France’s Dmitri Ouvre were eliminated, resulting in the first French elimination in the Men’s Division

One of the top highlights of the Quarterfinals was when the three remaining French surfers, Jeremy Flores, Vincent Duvignac, and Joan Duru, squared off in the same heat. Thousands flocked to Grand Plage to watch France’s top surfers compete at once. Jeremy Flores made it clear that he intends to win Gold and marked the event’s highest wave score thus far of 9.33. Flores’s heat total of 15.83 was the highest of the Quarterfinals and advanced him into the Semifinals along with teammate Joan Duru (11.10). Vincent Duvignac (FRA) and Luis Maria Iturria (URU) placed third and fourth respectively, ending their run in the event.

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Vicente Romero leads the charge for Team Spain into the Quarterfinals. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

The final Quarterfinal featured a heroic performance from the 18-year-old from Team USA Jordy Collins. Collins backed up his solid opening score of 6.23 with a huge aerial maneuver that catapulted him into first position, sending him through to the Semifinals along with Spain’s Vincente Romero. Portugal’s Miguel Blanco and Peru’s Juninho Urcia were left behind in third and fourth positions.

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USA’s Jordy Collins shows skill well beyond his 18 years of age. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

The final day of competition will take place at Grande Plage in Biarritz, France with the first call to start the event at 9:30am local time (CET). The event will be live streamed by the Olympic Channel and France TV, exemplifying the ISA’s strategy to bring Surfing to a wider, global audience.

Additionally, the ISA will run its unique Aloha Cup competition. The ISA Aloha Cup is a team relay event that includes the top eight teams from the 2016 ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica. Three men and one woman on each team surf in the relay, summing up the wave totals from each athlete in a 40 minute heat. The team that ends up having the highest overall heat score wins. The heats for the ISA Aloha Cup are as follows:

Semifinal 1
Peru
France
Costa Rica
New Zealand

Semifinal 2
Portugal
USA
Argentina
japan

The schedule for Sunday’s competition is as follows*:

9:30am call
2 Semifinals Open Men
1 Final Open Men
2 Semifinals ISA Aloha Cup
1 Final ISA Aloha Cup

*Schedule subject to change.

Watch the live webcast on www.isaworlds.com.

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Team France Holds onto Commanding Lead Heading into Final Stretch of ISA World Surfing Games

Team France Holds onto Commanding Lead Heading into Final Stretch of ISA World Surfing Games

27/05/2017, Playa Popoyo, Surfing, ISA World Surfing Games 2015, Article # 22674851

Men’s competition set for a final run at the Gold Medal with increased swell on Saturday

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Team France has continued their impressive performance at the ISA World Surfing Games and after six days of competition has held onto their lead that was built by the Women’s Gold and Silver Medal performances of Pauline Ado and Johanne Defay earlier this week. France, the last team with all male surfers remaining in the competition.

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Jeremy Flores is received by his team and thousands of fans after his Round 2 heat win. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

The men’s competition is set for an exciting showdown with a Quarterfinals on Saturday and with a finish on Sunday if the expected conditions holds true.

On the sixth day of competition at Grande Plage the international surfers were greeted by a new swell in the chest-high range, providing plenty of faces and ramps for the athletes to display their progressive surfing.

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Panama’s Oli Camarera takes the air at Grande Plage, however he was unable to advance out of Round 2 of the Main Event: Photo: ISA / Evans

Super star heats were on tap for Friday afternoon with talented match ups such as Joan Duru (FRA) against Leon Glatzer (GER) and Jeremy Flores (FRA) against Raoni Monteiro (BRA).

Duru got the better of Glatzer in the first of the stacked heats, topping off his first-place score of 14.84 with a smooth air reverse.

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Joan Duru helps France keep a commanding lead in the team rankings after passing through his Round 2 heat. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

When Monteiro and Flores took the water, Flores jumped out to an early lead with solid backhand Surfing causing the local crowd to erupt in cheers. Monteiro saved his best two waves for last, marking an 8.5 and a 6.33 to surpass Flores and take first place. Both surfers will advance through to Round 3.

Raoni Monteiro expressed his emotion post-heat:

“That heat felt like I was already in the final! Jeremy Flores is a great surfer, we’ve competed a ton of times on the WSL Championship Tour.

“I am so stoked that I was invited to compete for Team Brazil after an unfortunate last-minute injury to Wiggolly Dantas. My team supporting me on the beach helped a lot, they told me to go to the right side of the beach where I found my best waves.”

The host nation France nearly suffered their first elimination if not for the last-minute heroics of Vincent Duvignac. Duvignac stood in third place as the final seconds of the heat were winding down, but he was able to find a wave with high scoring potential and marked the highest wave score of the heat with 8.7, moving him from third to first. Duvignac eliminated Germany’s Lenni Jensen and helped keep France atop the team rankings.

In the final heat of Round 2, the reigning and two-time ISA World Champion Leandro Usuna (ARG) was defeated by South Africa’s Shane Sykes and Spain’s Luiz Diaz in a tightly contested heat. With Usuna bowing out of the competition, the lone remaining Gold Medalist left in the event home is the country hero, Jeremy Flores, who won the ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica in 2009.

Round 3 kicked off with the first five heats before the extreme high tide caused the contest to be put on hold.

Team Portugal stood out in the first heats of Round 3, as Pedro Henrique scored the round’s highest heat score thus far with 14.43, followed closely behind by his teammate, Guilherme Fonseca’s 14.00.

When Round 3 resumed in the afternoon Team France had another close call as Dimitri Ouvre tied with Chile’s Nicolas Vargas’ heat total of 8.87. Ouvre’s higher single wave score of 5.50 gave him the nod into second place and left Vargas in third, eliminating him from the competition.

As part of a strategy to bring the sport of Surfing to new audiences and enhance the coverage of the ISA World Surfing Games, the ISA recently formed a partnership with the Olympic Channel to live stream the ISA World Surfing Games and collaborate on content. The Olympic Channel will live stream the final two days of the contest on May 27 and 28 to their fans around the world. Watch on www.olympichchannel.com.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre, said:

“The world’s best National Surfing teams have shown their pride, perseverance and camaraderie all week. Now we have arrived at the final stretch where the ISA World Champions will distance themselves from the rest of the field and make history as the first ISA Gold Medalists crowned in Biarritz since 1980.

“Don’t miss this historic moment and tune in to the live webcast!”

The schedule for Saturday’s competition is as follows*:

8:30am – 10:30am: 8 heats Men Main Event Round 3
10:30am – 12:30pm: 8 heats Men Main Event Round 4
12:30pm – 1:50pm: 4 heats Men Quarterfinals

*Schedule subject to change.

The schedule for the remainder of the event is as follows:

May 27-28 – Men’s Competition, Grande Plage
May 28 – Closing Ceremony, Grande Plage

Watch the event live May 20-28 on www.isaworlds.com.

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Three Days Remain to Crown First ISA World Champions in Olympic Cycle at ISA World Surfing Games

Three Days Remain to Crown First ISA World Champions in Olympic Cycle at ISA World Surfing Games

26/05/2017, Playa Popoyo, Surfing, ISA World Surfing Games 2015, Article # 22665709

Competition to resume with Open Men as swell expected to increase on Friday morning

Just three days remain for the ISA World Surfing Games to crown the first ISA World Champions in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle.

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Italy’s Angelo Bonomelli will take to the water in the Opening heat of Round 3 on Friday. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Competition at Grande Plage is set to resume on Friday morning with Round 2 and 3 of the Open Men Main Event, as the swell is expected to fill in and provide the world’s best National Surfing Teams with a platform to put their world class talents on display.

The ISA World Surfing Games kicked off on May 20 with the festive Opening Ceremony featuring record-breaking 47 countries united to represent their nations and compete for Gold. The effects of Surfing’s inclusion in the Olympic games has left its mark on the 2017 edition of the event. Non-traditional Surfing nations such as, Afghanistan, China, Chinese Taipei, South Korea and Greece, have experienced the wave of global growth and fielded teams for the first time.

The Women’s competition kicked off the event May 20-22, where the home nation heroes Pauline Ado and Johanne Defay respectively took the Gold and Silver Medals. Costa Rica’s Leilani McGonagle earned the Bronze Medal for the second time in three years and South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag took the Copper.

In the Men’s side of the competition, the heats are loaded with world-class talent. Coming up in Round 2 are superstar heats featuring Jeremy Flores (FRA), Joan Duru (FRA), Ian Gouveia (BRA), and the reigning ISA World Champion, Leandro Usuna (ARG).

As part of a strategy to enhance the global reach of Surfing and more closely align with the Olympic Movement, the ISA recently signed an agreement with the Olympic Channel to live stream the ISA World Surfing Games and collaborate on content. The Olympic Channel will live stream the event on May 27 and 28 to give fans around the world a look into the Finals of the competition.

The Olympic Channel will be showing the World Premiere of their first ever surf movie ‘Shredding Monsters’ on Friday night in Biarritz. The movie tells the story of five big wave legends Jamie Mitchell, Hugo Vau, Alejandro Marciano, Andrew Cotton, and Garrett McNamara on the infamous wave of Nazare in Portugal. Mitchel, Vau and Marciano are all in Biarritz to celebrate the premiere. The premiere will take place in the Barriere Casino on Friday night and entry is free. Visitors simply need to download the Olympic Channel app to enter.

In additional to the premiere of ‘Shredding Monsters’, the French Surfing Federation put on a movie screening of ‘Biarritz Surf Gang’ and ‘Dacing in the Waves’ and a SUP Race Demo, an ISA discipline, to enhance the environment and surf culture surrounding the event.

On this lay day at the ISA World Surfing Games, coaches, athletes, and officials from the ISA’s National Federations were invited to attend an educational anti-doping seminar. The seminar was part of the ISA’s ongoing commitment to the fight against doping in sport and compliance with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code. The seminar included a discussion on topics such as in-competition testing, out of competition testing, registered testing pool, whereabouts administration, therapeutic use exemption forms, and other related topics. The goal was to educate athletes and National Federations about their new responsibilities as an Olympic sport heading to Tokyo 2020.

The schedule for Friday’s competition is as follows*:

8am – 1:00pm: 20 heats Men Main Event Round 2
1:00pm – 4:00pm: 12 heats Men Main Event Round 3

*Schedule subject to change. Local time.

The schedule for the remainder of the event is as follows:

May 26-28 – Men’s Competition, Grande Plage
May 26 – World Premiere of “Shredding Monsters”, an Olympic Channel Production, 8pm CET at the Municipal Casino Theatre, Biarritz
May 28 – Closing Ceremony, Grande Plage

Watch the event live May 20-28 on www.isaworlds.com.

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Fierce Elimination Rounds Bring Open Men One Step Closer to Gold at the ISA World Surfing Games

Fierce Elimination Rounds Bring Open Men One Step Closer to Gold at the ISA World Surfing Games

25/05/2017, Playa Popoyo, Surfing, ISA World Surfing Games 2015, Article # 22656882

Team France retain early lead in team rankings, look to build on Women’s medal performances

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Fiercely surfed elimination rounds ran on the fifth day of competition at the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games in Biarritz, France. The Men completed Repechage Round 1 and 13 heats of Main Event Round 2, eliminating a total of 58 surfers and narrowing the field of hopeful men world champions down to 110.

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Brazil’s Elivelton Santos put on one of the most impressive performances of the morning in Biarritz. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Team France remain one of 14 countries that still has all four of their male surfers in the competition. Given that Team France’s Pauline Ado and Johanne Defay respectively took the Gold and Silver in the Open Women Division, they remain in first overall position with four days remaining in the event window.

The fifth day of competition took place in a declining swell that provided waves in the waist to chest high range during a sunny, cloudless day at the venue of Grande Plage. The Open Men’s Division finished off the sole Repechage Round of the event that had begun the previous evening with some powerful Surfing put on display.

Argentina’s Felipe Suarez and Norway’s Luca Guichard were the stand out performers, facing off in the same Repechage heat. The surfers tied for first in the heat and marked the highest heat total of the round with 14.90 points, bouncing back after their Round 1 Main Event losses.

The reigning ISA World Junior Champion and Brazilian surfing prodigy , Weslley Dantas, also rebounded after an uncharacteristically poor performance in Round 1 of the Main Event. Dantas took advantage of the second opportunity that the Repechage Round provides to seed back into the Main Event and stayed in form for his following Main Event heat to finish in first place, sending him into Round 3 of 7.

Overall in the Repechage Round, 34 surfers were eliminated from the competition, including Fiji’s Lesi Navuwai. As a member of the first-ever Fijian Team to compete in the ISA World Surfing Games, Navuwai did not dwell on his loss, but spoke about his positive experience this week in France:

“My experience in France has been amazing, the people in Biarritz are very friendly. All the international surfers that I have met in the water have been welcoming and supportive, chatting about the great waves that we have in Fiji. I just tell them that they need to come to Fiji and see for themselves!”

“We are hoping to get more funding next year and bring a full team with women as well.”

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Lesi Navuwai is all smiles after his experience this week in Biarritz, even after being eliminated from the competition. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

The afternoon continued with the Men’s Main Event Round 2 after a contest hold during the high tide. Now moving into single elimination rounds, the athletes left it all in the ocean and put on gutsy performances to make their nations proud and remain in the competition.

The second portion of Main Event Round 2 that ran was highlighted by an electric performance from Brazil’s Elivelton Santos (BRA) who was able to create speed in the small surf and launch progressive aerial maneuvers to earn the second highest heat total of the round with 16.1.

The top performance of Round 2 belonged to Tahiti’s Ariihoe Tefaafana, who navigated the smaller afternoon conditions and earned the highest heat total of 16.13.

Round 2 will continue with the 20 remaining heats when competition resumes.

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Spain’s Luis Diaz, former US Open Juniors Champion, moves on through the Repechage Round and will surf again in Main Event Round 2 when competition resumes. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

ISA President Fernando Aguerre spoke about the action taking place at Grande Plage:

“We have now entered into the second half of the competition and the in-form surfers are beginning to emerge above the rest of the field. In the days that are coming, emotions will run high and the competition will intensify as the event edges closer to crowning world champions. We are witnessing history as Gold Medalists will soon be crowned on Sunday, the first champions in the Olympic Surfing cycle.”

A call will be made for Thursday’s competition at 9am local time (CET). Conditions are expected to be small, with a new westerly swell arriving for Friday in the waist to shoulder high range, therefore a lay day is possible.

If competition runs, the schedule will be the following*:

9am – Call
9:20am – Possible heat start Men Main Event Round 2
12pm – call
12:20pm – Possible heat start Men Main Event Round 2

*Schedule subject to change.

The schedule for the remainder of the event is as follows:

May 25-28 – Men’s Competition, Grande Plage
May 26 – World Premiere of “Shredding Monsters”, an Olympic Channel Production, 8pm CET at the Municipal Casino Theatre, Biarritz
May 28 – Closing Ceremony, Grande Plage

Watch the event live May 20-28 on www.isaworlds.com.

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Opening Men’s Round at ISA World Surfing Games Demonstrates Explosive Growth and Universality of S

Opening Men’s Round at ISA World Surfing Games Demonstrates Explosive Growth and Universality of S

24/05/2017, Playa Popoyo, Surfing, ISA World Surfing Games 2015, Article # 22647781

Newcomer nations Afghanistan, Greece, Senegal, China inspire on the fourth day of competition in Biarritz, France

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National flags and team camaraderie were on display on the fourth day of competition at the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games. The record-breaking 47 competing nations showcased the universality and growth of the sport of Surfing.

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The international Surfing community gathered in Biarritz shows support to their competing athletes from the shore. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Newcomer nations such as, Afghanistan, Greece, Senegal and China, got their chance to show the world the great leaps of growth that their non-traditional Surfing nations have experienced in recent years, and especially since the inclusion of Surfing in the Olympic Games.

In a day of Men’s Open and Repechage Surfing, Afghanistan’s sole representative, Afridun Amu, took to the water in third heat of the day and made history as the first surfer to ever represent Afghanistan in an ISA World Championship.

“My participation here represents two things,” said Amu. “First, it’s fun. Surfing is my passion and I love being here. Secondly, I hope that I can be an ambassador of my country and show people the bright side of Afghanistan that is not portrayed in the news.”

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Afridun Amu takes historic steps into the first heat that an Afghan surfer has competed in at an ISA World Championship. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Greece, Senegal, Chinese Taipei and China, all first-time competing nations, also proudly surfed for their countries, gaining the valuable experience of participating in a world championship.

“Greece is a new country to Surfing and we are making our best effort to improve,” said Christos Chatzis, the sole representative of Team Greece. “I almost had a heart attack going out in the water because the level of talent here is so high.

“My goal is to transfer the message of what is happening at this event to the younger guys in Greece and encourage them to compete next year. Overall, my experience in Biarritz has been like a dream!”

Team China also exemplified the universality of Surfing present at the event. Peter Townend, a former World Champion and coach of Team China, spoke about the progress being made in the development of this newly introduced sport in the country.

“It’s incredible the countries that are represented at this year’s edition of the ISA World Surfing Games. I’ve surfed for my country, I’ve coached Team USA to Gold, and now I have entered a new phase and have become the first-ever official coach of China’s National Surfing Team.

“After inclusion in the Olympics, China’s National Olympic Committee was motivated to get behind the sport and has been supporting the athletes. We are taking baby steps, but we are making progress.

“Coming to this event is mostly a learning experience for my team. We can see where we stand against the best teams in the world and make an assessment on how we can improve ahead of Tokyo 2020.”

In addition to the inspiring performances from non-traditional Surfing nations, some of the top male surfers in the world also put on a spectacular display of high performance Surfing.

In a day full of air reverses and progressive maneuvers, Mexico’s Dylan Southworth stood out from the field with the highest heat total of the day with 16.16 followed by Vicente Romero’s (ESP) 14.67.

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Germany’s Leon Glatzer takes advantage of the ramps that Grande Plage had on offer. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

Notably, the reigning world champion, Leandro Usuna (ARG), advanced through his heat in second position and will continue onto Round 2, a single elimination round.

France’s two WSL Championship Tour surfers, Joan Duru and Jeremy Flores, each won their respective heats, looking to compliment the podium finishes of their female teammates Pauline Ado and Johanne Defay.

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Joan Duru gets vertical en route to his Round 1 heat victory for Team France. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Visiting Biarritz to experience the festivities of the ISA World Surfing Games was IOC Sports Director, Kit McConnell.

“It is Surfing’s community and passion that attracted Tokyo 2020 and the IOC to the sport,” explained McConnell. “We want to embrace that international community and create a connection with the Olympic Movement.”

“It’s incredible to see the universality of Surfing, with countries competing such as China, Chinese Taipei, and Senegal. We hope that through Olympic inclusion we will get more visibility and growth for the sport at a national level.

“I am looking forward to seeing some of these nations compete at Tokyo 2020.”

The schedule for Wednesday’s competition is as follows*:

7am – 11:15am: 17 heats Men Repechage Round 1
11:15am – 4:55pm: 17 heats Men Main Event Round 2

*Schedule subject to change.

The Surfline official forecast is calling for continued new west swell in the waist to chest high range at Grande Plage.

The schedule for the remainder of the event is as follows:

May 24-28 – Men’s Competition, Grande Plage
May 26 – World Premiere of “Shredding Monsters”, an Olympic Channel Production, 8pm CET at the Municipal Casino Theatre, Biarritz
May 28 – Closing Ceremony, Grande Plage

Watch the event live May 20-28 on www.isaworlds.com.

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