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Historic Victory for Host Team Japan at 2018 UR ISA World Surfing Games

Historic Victory for Host Team Japan at 2018 UR ISA World Surfing Games

22/09/2018, La Jolla, Surfing, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships, Article # 27754484


Catching up with Argentina's Gold Medalist Santiago Muñiz

Catching up with Argentina's Gold Medalist Santiago Muñiz

21/09/2018, La Jolla, Surfing, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships, Article # 27746714


2081 UR ISA World Surfing Games - ISA Aloha Cup

2081 UR ISA World Surfing Games - ISA Aloha Cup

20/09/2018, La Jolla, Surfing, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships, Article # 27741289


Argentina’s Santiago Muñiz Claims His Second ISA Gold

Argentina’s Santiago Muñiz Claims His Second ISA Gold

19/09/2018, La Jolla, Surfing, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships, Article # 27735326


Kanoa Igarashi Guarantees Historic Medal for Team Japan

Kanoa Igarashi Guarantees Historic Medal for Team Japan

18/09/2018, La Jolla, Surfing, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships, Article # 27728340


Non-Stop Action in Tahara, World’s Best National Teams Impress at 2018 UR ISA World Surfing Games

Non-Stop Action in Tahara, World’s Best National Teams Impress at 2018 UR ISA World Surfing Games

17/09/2018, La Jolla, Surfing, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships, Article # 27722261


WORLD CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT INAUGURAL ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP

WORLD CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT INAUGURAL ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP

28/09/2015, La Jolla, Surfing, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships, Article # 13385234

WORLD CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT INAUGURAL ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday September 27th, 2015

Denmark’s Bruno Hansen Wins Prone, Brazil’s Fellipe Lima Wins Upright, USA’s Jesse Billauer Wins Assist and Australia’s Mono Stewart Wins Stand

Mark “Mono” Stewart de Australia, el Medallista de Oro de Stand en el ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship. Photo: ISA/ReynoldsAustralia’s Mark “Mono” Stewart, Stand Gold Medalist of the 2015 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship. Photo: ISA/Reynolds

The inaugural ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship Presented by Challenged Athletes Foundation, Hurley, Stance and the City of San Diego, culminated on Sunday at La Jolla Shores in grand fashion, crowning the first-ever ISA World Adaptive Surfing Champions.

Demonstrating the international profile of this ISA World Championship, the Gold Medalists from four continents were greeted by a crowd of thousands. Adaptive surfers from 18 countries cheered them on, showcasing the international support that has been evident throughout the competition.

The newly crowned Gold Medalists were Bruno Hansen (DEN) in Prone, Jesse Billauer (USA) in Assist, Mark “Mono” Stewart (AUS) in Stand and Fellipe Lima (BRA) in Upright.

Fellipe Lima, who made history as the first athlete to receive a Gold Medal, said:

“I couldn’t be happier than I am now. It’s amazing to see this ISA World Championship happen. It has always been my dream, not just to be a World Champion, but also to see the sport grow. This is just the start.”

Fellipe Lima de Brasil corre una ola en camino a ganar el Oro en Upright. Photo: ISA/LockwoodBrazil’s Fellipe Lima rides a wave on his way to earning the Gold Medal in Upright. Photo: ISA/Lockwood

The Upright Final was the first of the four Finals to take place, with Brazil’s Fellipe Lima scoring a heat total of 12.93 to earn him the title of the first ISA World Adaptive Surfing Champion. Following Lima were three athletes from the USA: Jeff Munson with Silver, Chris Oberle with Bronze and Freddy Carrillo with Copper.

USA’s Jesse Billauer got out to an early lead in the Assist Final that he never lost, earning Gold for the host country. Taking the Silver was fan favorite, 10-year-old Davi Teixeira from Brazil, followed by Juan Martin De Posadas from Uruguay with Bronze and the only female medalist, Darian Haynes from Hawaii with Copper.

El Medallista de Oro de Assist, Jesse Billauer (EE.UU.), comparte un momento con el Medallista de Plata, Davi Teixeira (BRA), después de la Final. Foto: ISA/ReynoldsAssist Gold Medalist, Jesse Billauer (USA), embraces the Silver Medalist, Davi Teixeira (BRA), after the Final. Photo: ISA/Reynolds

Billauer emotionally shared words with ISA President Fernando Aguerre after his heat.

“After I got injured, competition was not something that I thought about, and now I am the ISA World Champion. It’s amazing to be a part of this and have all of the countries involved.”

Bruno Hansen from Denmark put on an impressive performance en route to taking the Gold Medal in Prone. USA Team Captain, Christiaan Bailey, finished with the Silver Medal, Spain’s Alvaro Bayona with Bronze and USA’s Ryan Baker with Copper.

Hansen explained, “I’ve been training hard for ten years, trying to get my mind in the right place. I lost my way completely and Surfing brought me back to where I am.”

El podio de Prone de izquierda a derecha: Medallista de Oro Bruno Hansen (DEN), Medallista de Plata Christiaan Bailey(EE.UU.), Medallista de Bronce Alvaro Bayona (ESP) y Medallista de Cobre Ryan Baker (EE.UU). Foto: ISA/ReynoldsThe Prone podium from left to right: Gold Medalist Bruno Hansen (DEN), Silver Medalist Christiaan Bailey (USA), Bronze Medalist Alvaro Bayona (ESP) and Copper Medalist Ryan Baker (USA). Photo: ISA/Reynolds

The Stand Final wrapped up the event in dramatic fashion. Australia’s Mark “Mono” Stewart narrowly earned the Gold Medal with a heat total of 11.13, edging out South Africa’s Antony Smyth’s score of 10.66. Rounding out the heat were Brazil’s Alcino “Pirata” Neto with Bronze and Hawaii’s Mike Coots with Copper.

The 52-year-old Stewart spoke about his accomplishment.

“It’s a dream come true. I think everyday I’ve had a tear in my eye seeing people who are so dedicated and love the ocean as much as I do.

“I’ve been waiting 35 years for this event, but I now know that the sky is the limit with Adaptive Surfing. The future is in the hands of all the young people you’ve seen here this week. I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

ISA President Fernando Aguerre spoke after the Closing Ceremony.

“This is an ISA World Championship that will be talked about for years to come. Adaptive Surfing history has been made in La Jolla. I would like to congratulate the four athletes that received Gold Medals, but also at all 69 competitors who took part in this historic competition. All of the athletes will return home as ambassadors of Adaptive Surfing. This is only the start of something much bigger and wider reaching that we will see grow and develop in the years to come.”

For a full list of results, visit: http://isaworlds.com/adaptive/en/results/

Next, the ISA will head up the coast to Oceanside, California for the 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship taking place from October 11 to 18: http://isaworlds.com/juniors/

Adaptive Surfing Community Gathers to Build on the Platform of the Inaugural ISA World Championship

Adaptive Surfing Community Gathers to Build on the Platform of the Inaugural ISA World Championship

27/09/2015, La Jolla, Surfing, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships, Article # 13354648
 
 
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September 26, 2015
ISA ADAPTIVE SURFING SYMPOSIUM LAYS FOUNDATION FOR LASTING GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE SPORT
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, opens the ISA Adaptive Surfing Symposium. Photo: ISA/Reynolds

 

Adaptive Surfing Community Gathers to Build on the Platform of the Inaugural ISA World Championship
 
 
La Jolla, California, September 26, 2015 On Saturday, September 26th, the global Adaptive Surfing community gathered at the Deni + Jeff Jacobs Challenged Athletes Center in San Diego for the ISA Adaptive Surfing Symposium. The objective was to raise awareness, share best practices, and initiate a conversation about how Surfing can play an ongoing and vital role in enriching the lives of physically challenged athletes.
 
The Symposium goal is to build on the platform created by the inaugural ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship Presented by Challenged Athletes Foundation, Hurley, Stance and the City of San Diego.
 
The Symposium opened with words from ISA President Fernando Aguerre.
 
"We included the Adaptive Surfing Symposium as a part of this ISA World Championship to build upon this historic moment. In order to make progress in the discipline of Adaptive Surfing, we need to learn, share ideas and create a development pathway for the sport."
 
Following Aguerre's introduction, a panel of adaptive surfers featuring Alana Nichols (USA), Mike Coots (HAW), Dries Millard (RSA), Alcino "Pirata" Neto (BRA) and Ismael Araya (CRI), highlighted the diverse range of physical challenges and backgrounds of the competing athletes.  
 
Adaptive Surfing History Is Made as All 69 athletes from 18 Countries  Take to the Water

Adaptive Surfing History Is Made as All 69 athletes from 18 Countries Take to the Water

26/09/2015, La Jolla, Surfing, ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships, Article # 13329912
 
 
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September 25, 2015
DAY ONE OF COMPETITION UNITES GLOBAL ADAPTIVE SURFING COMMUNITY AT THE 2015 ISA WORLD ADAPTIVE SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP
Representative of Team USA, Alana Nichols, finds a glassy wave at La Jolla Shores. Photo: ISA/Reynolds

 

Adaptive Surfing History Is Made as All 69 athletes from 18 Countries 
Take to the Water
 
 
La Jolla, California, September 25, 2015 Day one of competition of the 2015 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Adaptive Surfing Championship Presented by Challenged Athletes Foundation, Hurley, Stance and the City of San Diego was completed, as the global Adaptive Surfing community united at La Jolla Shores.
 
69 surfers from 18 countries took to the water, marking the largest international Adaptive Surfing competition of its kind to date.
 
The opening day of competition took place in clean, glassy conditions, as athletes competed for a chance to surf in the Finals on Sunday. Athletes from all four divisions, Stand, Upright, Prone and Assist, made the most of the 2-3 foot waves at La Jolla Shores, executing impressive carves and maneuvers.
 
The stand out surfer of the day was South Africa's Antony Smyth, scoring the highest two wave heat total of 16.77. Smyth, who has paralysis in his right arm, will go on to represent his country in the Finals on Sunday for a chance to win Gold. 
 
Lucas Retamales, a blind surfer from Chile, put on an inspiring performance drawing a huge reaction from the crowd. He was able to sense incoming waves and get long rides from deep in the ocean to the beach. Having lost his surfboard in the recent Chilean tsunami, Retamales kept his composure and put on a spectacular effort on a borrowed board. 
 
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