South African Masters Ready to Defend the Gold

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South Africa is looking for their third gold in the Masters

Panama ISA World Masters Surfing Championship
Santa Catalina, Panama
27 August – 5 September, 2010

South Africa, two-time consecutive World Masters Champions, announced the team that will be working hard to secure a third gold at the Panama ISA World Masters Surfing Championship in the waves of Santa Catalina.

Surfing South Africa, the sport´s National Governing Body, announced in early July that the defending World Champions, Chris Knutsen (Grand Kahunas), Mark Wright (Kahunas) and Heather Clark (Women Masters) will be defending their country flag in this year’s event.

“I am definitely ready for the third”, said Chris Knutsen to the ISA. Knutsen is the inspirational over 50 surfer who along with Juan Ashton of Puerto Rico, will compete for the opportunity to win a third Masters World title. Knutsen won the Kahunas division in 2007 and the Grand Kahunas in 2008.

Alongside with the defending Champions, the following team was announced:

Masters (over 35): Wayne Monk, Andrew Banks

Grand Masters (over 40): Andre Malherbe, Robert Moore Boyle

Kahunas (over 45): David Malherbe, Marc Wright

Grand Kahunas (over 50): Chris Knutsen

Women Masters (over 35): Heather Clark

Coach: Antoni Brodowicz

Manager: Dave Fish

Grand Master competitor, Andre Malherbe, won the copper medal in Peru in 2008 and his brother, David, won the same prize in the same division at the Masters held in Puerto Rico in 2007. Andrew Banks, placed in the Masters´ top 10 in Peru. New additions to the team are, Wayne Monk, former South Africa Men´s Champion and Robert Moore.

The ISA 1978 Open Men World Champion, Antoni Brodowicz, will be the Coach for the third time in a row. He led the team to victory in the two previous editions of the event and is looking forward to maintaining the top spot for the South African team in the world of Masters´ Surfing.

The Panama ISA World Masters Surfing Championship is made possible due to: Panamanian Tourism Department, Corona, Súper Deportes, surfosmagazine.com and surfeapanama.com.

CONTACT: Pablo Zanocchi
Media Manager
International Surfing Association
Pablo@isasurf.org

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About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, 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) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 100 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).