Australian powerhouse Shakira Westdorp and Brazil’s Luiz Diniz both reclaim the gold medal for their respective countries in back-to-back wins for the ISA World SUP Surfing Championships.
Women’s ISA SUP Surfing Fight to the Top
Westdorp fought her way through the rounds, clawing her way back to the top after being knocked out in an early heat. The raging Aussie reasserted her dominance through the repecharge to arrive in the Final Round against the formidable Iballa Moreno of Spain. These two women, no strangers in combat but friends in real life, electrified the crowd as they challenged each other wave after wave.
As always, the best part of the performance when Westdorp is around is her intense joy upon hearing her name announced as 1st place finisher. Watching her reaction is like reliving Mia Ham all over again redefining how women celebrate victory.
Westdorp Wins for Australia
This ISA World Championship is Westdorp’s 3X win, putting her in a league of her own in the history of ISA SUP Surfing.
“I am so stoked to win,” said an emotional Westdorp. “I had to go the long way through the repecharge, but it paid off in the end.”
Athletes to Clash Again at final stop on APP World Tour
Morell0 & Westdorp, both fierce competitors, will meet again in 2 weeks time as the athletes reconvene in Morello’s home territory on the Canary Island’s for the final stop of the APP World Tour. So, if you missed the action in China, stay tuned for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on December 11th-20th, 2018!
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Luiz Diniz on fire in the Men’s Final Round
For the Men’s ISA SUP Surfing Championship, it was Luiz Diniz of Brazil who scored a 9.5 wave in the final seconds to edge out Australia’s Harry Maskel for the win. This was Diniz’ second ISA World Title and earns him a spot in the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru to make its debut in the year ahead.
“I am so happy to win the Gold Medal two times, ” says Diniz of his 2X win here at the ISA World Championships. “I want to thank my family and friends for making this possible.”
Men’s Top 4: ISA SUP Surfing Champs
Following Diniz in the Men’s Final were Harry Maskel, winning his second silver medal, Brazil’s Caio Vaz winning bronze and Spain’s 17-year-old fire breathing dragon Juan de los Ryes with the copper.
Women’s Top 4: 2018 ISA SUP Surfing Champions
In the Women’s Final, Spain’s Iballa Ruano Moreno claimed her silver, New Zealand’s Stella Smith won the bronze and Japan’s Yuuka Horikoshi took home the copper.
The United States’ top performing female was Candice Appleby, earning her a spot in the 2019 Pan American Games as well.
ISA turns attention to SUP Racing next
ISA President Fernando Aguerre honors the athletes and looks ahead to the next competition in China later this week to round out the 2018 ISA World Championship games.
“Now that the SUP surfers have got the competition off to an excellent start, we shift gears towards the SUP and Paddleboard Technical Racing where the world’s best will vie for titles. The best of the best are here in Riyue Bay and eager to make their countries proud with a Gold Medal.”
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The Final Events for this year’s ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships include the SUP Racing Technical Courses on Tuesday, November 27th in Riyue Bay and the Sprint and Distance Races at the Shenzhou Peninsula in China.
The Remaining Event Schedule is as Follows*
November 27 – Technical Races
November 28 – Technical Races
November 29 – Lay day
November 30 – Sprint Races
December 1 – Distance Races
December 2 – Relay Races, Closing Ceremony
*All times in local time (GMT +8). Schedule subject to change.
Here’s your recap: SUP Surf World Champions
2018 ISA SUP Surfing Winners
Gold – Shakira Westdorp (AUS)
Silver – Iballa Ruano Moreno (ESP)
Bronze – Stella Smith (NZL)
Copper – Yuuka Horikoshi (JPN)
Gold – Luiz Diniz (BRA)
Silver – Harry Maskell (AUS)
Bronze – Caio Vaz (BRA)
Copper – Juan de los Reyes (ESP)