In addition to winning the team competition, Brazil gets Gold in Open Men’s
ISA World Bodyboard Championship
November 24 to December 2, 2012
Playa Parguito, Margarita Island, Venezuela
After seven days of competition that saw the best male and female bodyboarders from around the globe competing in hollow 3-4 foot beach-break waves, Brazil claimed the 2012 ISA World Bodyboard Championship, which was held from November 25 to December 1, at the beautiful Playa Parguito in Margarita Island, Venezuela. The South American nation jumped from placing ninth in the 2011 ISA WBC to be this year’s World Champions.
The Brazilians defeated the former World Champion, France, by a small margin in the rankings during the Final Day of the event when the South Americans managed to place two athletes in the finals of the Open Men’s and one in the Open Women’s divisions.
“Congratulations to the organizers and to all the National Bodyboard Teams that went to Venezuela. A big thank you to the public and private sectors for their support,” remarked Fernando Aguerre, ISA President. “This was a historical first-ever ISA World Championship in Venezuela. We all look forward to the 2013 ISA World Bodyboard Championship to be hosted by our Venezuelan friends.”
Eder Luciano (BRA) is the new Open Men’s World Champion after defeating the local competitor Sergio Alonzo (VEN, Silver Medal), Yoan Floratin (FRA, Bronze Medal) and Sergio Luiz (BRA, Copper medal). The Venezuelan, Alonzo, had the advantage during the entire Final, but in the last few minutes, Luciano had a deep barrel that gave him 8 points to put him in the lead.
In Open Women’s, Sari Ohhara (JPN) defeated Isabela de Souza (BRA, Silver Medal), Yuleiner Gonzales (VEN, Bronze Medal) and Pamela Bowren (RSA, Copper Medal). During an intense Final, Ohhara managed to defeat de Souza, last year’s ISA World Champion, by a small difference in the scores.
In Under 18 Boys, France’s Maxime Castillo won the Gold Medal after leaving behind Tristan Roberts (RSA, Silver Medal), Emilio Vargas (CRI, Bronze Medal) and Francisco Otani (CHI, Copper Medal). Castillo fought against the rainy conditions with a strong performance and stylish moves to defeat Roberts, who had a great run throughout the competition.
Japan’s Shiori Okazawa won the Gold Medal in Under 18 Girls defeating Kirtys Montenegro (BRA, Silver Medal), Maika Echeverría (FRA, Bronze Medal) and the local Angelica Romero (VEN, Copper Medal). Okazawa was the best bodyboarder in this Final, beating her rivals with a clear advantage.
In Drop Knee, Iain Campbell (RSA) won the Final defeating Martin Mouradian (FRA, Silver Medal), Cesar Bauer (PER, Bronze Medal) and Bryan Medina (CHI, Copper Medal). Campbell changed the situation in the last minutes of the Final. The South African was placing third, but with two high scores in his final three waves, he jumped to first place taking the Gold Medal for his country.
Team Venezuela won the Aloha Cup, an ISA tag-team relay competition, dominating its rivals from the beginning to end. Using a balanced and a well-performed strategy the locals left Team France behind with the Silver Medal.
For more information, videos and photos of this great event, visit www.isawbc.com.
OPEN MEN FINAL
1. EDER LUCIANO (BRA)
2. SERGIO ALONZO (VEN)
3. YOAN FLORATIN (FRA)
4. SERGIO LUIZ (BRA)
OPEN WOMEN FINAL
1. SARI OHHARA (JPN)
2. ISABELA DE SOUZA (BRA)
3. YULEINER GONZALES (VEN)
4. PAMELA BOWREN (RSA)
1. IAIN CAMPBELL (RSA)
2. MARTIN MOURADIAN (FRA)
3. CESAR BAUER (PER)
4. BRYAN MEDINA (CHI)
BOYS UNDER 18
1. MAXIME CASTILLO (FRA)
2. TRISTAN ROBERTS (RSA)
3. EMILIO VARGAS (CRI)
4. FRANCISCO OTANI (CHI)
GIRLS UNDER 18
1. SHIORI OKAZAWA (JPN)
2. KIRTYS MONTENEGRO (BRA)
3. MAIKA ECHEVERRIA (FRA)
4. ANGELICA ROMERO (VEN)
COPPER: SOUTH AFRICA
5. COSTA RICA
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The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, and the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 72 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).
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