The ISA World Games are over and the first Asian Beach Games are just beginning – it’s all go in the water sports world. However, before we rush on to the next event the results for the ISA’s are:
Gold: Australia – 17.238 pts.
Silver: USA – 14.284 pts.
Bronze: Brazil – 12.610 pts.
Copper: France – 11.819 pts.
Australia won the team event for the third year running and their fourth gold – quite a record seeing that these games have only been going for 7 years! The delighted CEO of Surfing Australia, Mark Lane, said “I think the secret and one of our team goals is all about having fun while we’re here, to be laughing all the time… It’s a great feeling to win again. It’s really a hard week to watch and go through every heat. You’ve got to deal with disappointments. You feel everything and when you come out of this and win, it just feels great.”
CJ Hobgood from the USA won the Open Men’s competion. “It feels so good right now. I had to compete against three Aussies that I have a great respect for. It was a really good final with me and Joske going back and forth. And coming towards the end, I didn’t know if I should sit on him or not. But I knew that if he would’ve caught a wave and got the score, an opportunity that I might not have again would’ve been lost. It’s a great feeling. These opportunities don’t come back too often so to take advantage of it. It is amazing!”. Thanks to gothicsessions for the video of Hobgood, (but not from Costa de Caparica I’m afraid…) and the slightly ‘gothic’ ending!
Sally Fitzgibbons from Australia won the Open Women’s event putting her in the record books once again. She is the only person ever to have won both the ISA Junior World Championships and the ISA World Championships in the same year. “I was lucky to get some waves. Conditions were really difficult and all the girls were surfing really well. This is an amazing contest with an amazing atmosphere. I am definitely the happiest woman on earth. I just couldn’t imagine a better year”, she said after the final heat. Thanks to roxy for this earlier video.
Marcus Lima of Brazil won the Bodyboard Men. “I just can’t believe it! I am not even the Brazilian Champion and now I’m a World Champion! I am so happy.” Natasha Sagardia from Puerto Rico won the Women’s event. “I can’t stop crying! I’m super excited. I don’t know if this is real! This is crazy, I was just thinking, please God let me get the right waves and surf like I know. This is a dream come true. I’ve been working so hard to be here, I can’t even believe it,” she said. This was also the first time Puerto Rico has won a gold medal in the ISA Surfing Games.
Matthew Moir of South Africa won the Longboard championship for the second time in a row. “I’m so, so stoked. I never thought I would have the chance to win two years in a row. I had a great support from my teammates at the beach. That was amazing, I just can’t believe it,” he said. He not only won the final of both events – he has actually won every heat he entered at Huntington Beach 2006 and at Costa de Caparica in 2008. That’s quite something. Thanks to pacificall for the video:
And the Aloha Cup was won by France who took the gold medal, Portugal got silver, Costa Rica Bronze and South Africa copper.
Well done to everyone.
The event was epitomised by the sportmanship that was shown at all times between the competitors. In the closing ceremony, ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said “This is a show of surfing but is, most importantly, a show of brotherhood between the nations of the world. In the last heat of today for the Open Mens division, we saw one US surfer and three Australians. Their surfing in that heat symbolized the World Surfing Games and the ISA spirit. It could’ve been very difficult for one guy surfing against three of the same nation, but they all surfed together with good sportsmanship,” – and, as you will have seen from the above results, the lone American, CJ Hobgood won the event.
After he was awarded the Gold Medal, CJ thanked International Surfing Association President, Aguerre: “I would like to thank Fernando for his tireless job promoting surfing and for organizing the Games. This is a great and unique event.”
… and so on to the next games … Asia didn’t I say?