Individual Gold Medalists Are Hawaii’s Honolua Blomfield In The Junior’s Under-18, South Africa’s Simone Robb In The Open Women’s And France’s Antoine Delpero In The Open Men’s. Team France Wins The ISA Aloha Cup
Following an amazing week of great waves and exciting surfing performances, the 2013 ISA World Longboard Championship, in historic Huanchaco, Peru, is officially over.
France will go down in the history books as the Gold Medal Team in the first stand-alone ISA World Longboard Championship.
In the individual divisions, France’s Antoine Delpero won the Open Men’s, South Africa’s Simone Robb won the Open Women’s, and Hawaii’s Honolua Blomfield won the Junior’s Under-18. Team France won the ISA Aloha Cup.
France, the 2013 ISA World Longboard Team Champions, holding the Team Champion Trophies presented by ISA Vice President Alan Atkins (far right) and Peruvian Institute of Sport (IPD) President of La Libertad, Benjamin Gayoso (far left). Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle
All the Individual Gold Medalists (from left to right): Hawaii’s 14-year old Honolua Blomfield, the only girl in the Junior’s Under-18 Final, South Africa’s Simone Robb in the Open Women’s, and France’s Antoine Delpero in the Open Men’s. Photos: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
“It’s been an incredible World Championship with excellent waves every day of the event,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “This has been a historic World Championship as it is the first time an ISA World Longboard Championship takes place separate from the ISA World Surfing Games, and furthermore, the inauguration of the Women and Junior Longboard Divisions for the first time in ISA history.
President Aguerre continued, “A very special thanks to all of the athletes, the whole town of Huanchaco, the public and private sector of Peru, and especially, the Peruvian Institute of Sport, the Association of Olympic Athletes of Peru, the Peruvian National Olympic Committee, the municipality of Huanchaco, and our dear event organizer of this first World Championship, Karin Sierralta.”
Huanchaco’s great surf during the Final Day of competition continued. The waves were in the 3-5 feet range, bigger than previous days, with calm winds all day long, providing exceptionally long rides for the surfers to perform at their highest level.
The first final in the water was the Junior’s Under-18, where Hawaii’s Honolua Blomfield won the Gold Medal earning 15.00. As one of only two girls entered in the Junior competition, Blomfield had a difficult task, but managed to dominate most of her heats throughout the event, including the final.
“I just feel on top of the world! I can’t believe that I was able to make it this far,” said the elated Hawaiian. “On my first wave, a set wave, I just played safe and did a couple of turns and some nose riding and ended up getting a seven. I was just amped throughout the whole heat. Then another really long wave came through, a little nugget that peeled all the way to the inside and I ended up getting another seven on that one.” These two rides added up to a winning performance.
Gold Medalist in the Junior Under-18, Honolua Blomfield (HAW). Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle
The Silver Medal went to France’s Martin Coret (13.24), the Bronze to Brazil’s Caio Santana (10.56) and the Copper to South Africa’s Ethan Pentz (7.27).
Up next was the Open Women’s Final. South Africa’s Simone Robb won the Gold Medal, earning 11.50, defeating Silver Medalist Rachael Tilly (10.43) from USA, Bronze Medalist Justine Dupont (9.83) from France, and the Copper Medalist Megan Godinez (7.27) from Hawaii.
“I started up with a bang! I got the first wave of the heat, which was an 8, and I was really lucky to get that one,” commented the South African in her post-heat interview. “It’s really cool to be the first Female ISA World Longboard Champion. I’m really happy. My kids will wear my Medal when I get back home. This event was amazing and the other women were so nice to compete against; they were all are really friendly.”
Gold Medalist in the Open Women’s, Simone Robb (RSA). Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle
In the Open Men’s Final, France’s Antoine Delpero won the Gold after posting two big scores of 9.00 and 8.20, an impressive total heat score of 17.20. Great Britain’s Ben Skinner had been in form all event, but felt just short in the Final, earning 15.60 and the Silver Medal. Brazil’s Phil Rajzman won the Bronze Medal, earning 12.03 and South Africa’s Thomas King the Copper Medal (11.97).
“It was a really hard and close Final, and everyone got good waves,” said Delpero as he waved his third ISA Gold Medal in his career having previously won Gold in the Longboard division of the ISA World Surfing Games in 2009 and SUP Surfing in the 2012 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.
“You never know if you’re going to have a good wave because the wave doesn’t opens up until near the end, where the strong scoring potential of the wave is. I tried to do my best and I’m super happy about that!”
The last event in the 2013 ISA World Longboard Championship was the exciting ISA Aloha Cup, a tag-team competition.
The Aloha Cup Final featured Australia, Brazil, France, and Peru. Team France featuring the Gold Medalist Delpero, his younger brother Edouard, Justine Dupont and Martin Coret won the Gold Medal exhibiting a smart strategy and displaying high-level surfing longboarding skills. The French defeated Peru (Silver), Australia (Bronze) and Brazil (Copper), as the largest crowd of the event cheered them on.
Following the competition, the Closing Ceremony took place to present all of the medals and trophies, and to bring an end to an incredible week in one of the most historic surfing communities in the world.
Closing Ceremony dignitaries included Benjamin Gayoso, the Peruvian Institute of Sport (IPD) President of La Libertad, Alfredo Gamero, representing the Huanchaco Kahunas Club, and ISA Vice Presidents Alan Atkins and Karin Sierralta. Sierralta was also the event organizer.
Final Team Standing:
1- France- 4,810
2- South Africa- 4,010
3- Hawaii- 3,726
4- Brazil- 3,618
5- Great Britain- 3,478
6- Peru- 3,441
7- USA- 3,136
8- Argentina- 2,993
9- Venezuela- 2,783
10- Australia- 2,636
11- New Zealand- 2,500
12- Ecuador- 2,425
13- Uruguay- 1,855
14- Dominican Republic- 1,745
15- Japan- 1,735
16- Mexico- 1,546
17- Costa Rica- 1,380
18- Puerto Rico- 1,320
19- Italy- 1,170
20- Canada- 875
21- Chile- 660
22- Panama- 600
Antoine Delpero (FRA), Gold Medal
Ben Skinner (GBR), Silver Medal
Phil Rajzman (BRA), Bronze Medal
Thomas King (RSA), Copper Medal
Simone Robb (RSA), Gold Medal
Rachael Tilly (USA), Silver Medal
Justine Dupont (FRA), Bronze Medal
Megan Godinez (HAW), Copper Medal
Honolua Blomfeld (HAW), Gold Medal
Martin Coret (FRA), Silver Medal
Caio Santana (BRA), Bronze Medal
Ethan Pentz (RSA), Copper Medal
ISA Aloha Cup:
France- 58.05, Gold Medal
Peru- 46.95, Silver Medal
Australia- 42.90, Bronze Medal
Brazil- 29.45, Copper Medal
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The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men’s and Women’s World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; and World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 103 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. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL).