Also, Gary Van Wieringen (RSA) and Ross Williams (HAW) are Awarded Silver and Bronze Medals in the Masters Division of the 2011 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship
ISA Headquarters, La Jolla, California, August 19, 2013- The International Surfing Association (ISA) announced today that as a result of a positive drug test by Gold Medalist Mark Richardson (AUS), Puerto Rico’s Carlos Cabrero has been awarded the Gold Medal in the Masters Division (over 35 years old) of the 2011 El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship. This competition was held at the famous right-hand point break, Punta Roca, La Libertad from October 16-23, 2011.
With maneuvers like this at El Salvador’s famous right-hand point break, Punta Roca, Carlos Cabrero is the new Gold Medalist of the 2011 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship.
The ISA also awarded Gary Van Wieringen (RSA) the Silver Medal, who moved from 3rd to 2nd and Ross Williams (HAW) the Bronze Medal, who moved from 4th to 3rd, leaving the 4th place, Copper Medal position vacant.
The ISA is a signatory of the WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) Code and, as a result, is required to conduct drug tests at all ISA World Championships. Richardson tested positive for Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), exceeding the maximum level under the Wada Code in force at that time. Following a lengthy review process, Richardson lost his Gold Medal, team points and received a three-month sanction, which has been completed.
Puerto Rico’s Carlos Cabrero is the new Gold Medalist of the 2011 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship in El Salvador.
“The ISA has been conducting drug tests at every ISA World Championship since 1992. Since then, the ISA has conducted over 600 drug tests, including to all finalists at all our World Championships, and this is the first Gold Medalist who has tested positive,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre.