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Australia Continues Dominance to Win Historic Fifth ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship Team Gold

Team Australia capture final Relay Race Gold, edging out France and New Zealand for Team Title. 

Team Australia capped off a historic week of competition in Denmark and continued their dominance in the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.  Photo:  ISA / Sean Evans

Team Australia capped off a historic week of competition in Denmark and continued their dominance in the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

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Team Australia capped off a historic week of competition in Denmark and continued their dominance in the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, edging out France and New Zealand to earn the overall Team Gold Medal.

Coming into the Final day of competition in Vorupør, located on Denmark’s northwest coast, Australia held the overall lead in the team points ranking. Their fate was in their hands, as a win in the Team Relay Race would cement their Gold Medal position at the top of the podium.

Team Australia jumped out to a lead in the Relay Race that only grew larger lap after lap, earning their fifth Team Gold Medal in the event’s six-year history.

Team Australia’s quest for Gold started at the first leg of the World Championship in Copenhagen. They got off to an amazing start with dual Gold Medals in the Paddleboard Distance Race from Lachie Lansdown and Jordan Mercer.
 
As the event moved to the northwest coast known as ‘Cold Hawaii’, Team Australia briefly trailed in the overall team points ranking behind Team France, but after SUP Surfing Gold from Shakira Westdorp and Silver from Harry Maskell, a SUP Technical Race Bronze Medal from Terrene Black, and repeat Gold Medal performances from Lachie Lansdown and Jordan Mercer in the Paddleboard Technical Races, they had gained the lead and never looked back.
 
Shakira Westdorp, Australia’s team captain and Women’s SUP Surfing Gold Medalist, said:
 
“We showed our dominance from start to finish. Our whole team put in so much work and I think we deserved this.
 
“Winning Gold is what we come here for. This time around was definitely our most hard-fought Team Gold. There was so much high competition from other countries. It’s awesome to see the growth of SUP and Paddleboarding.
 
“For us to win with this strong field it shows the caliber of our athletes and our team spirit. We always have each other’s back and that goes a long way.
 
Closely following Team Australia in what was the most tightly contested competition for the Team Gold Medal in the event’s history were Team France with the Silver Medal, Team New Zealand with the Bronze Medal, and Team Hawaii with the Copper.
 
The final day of competition at the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship kicked off on Sunday morning with the Team Relay Race Semifinals and Final under partly cloudy skies and an electric vibe coming from the spectators waiting to see a Team World Champion crowned.
 
The first two Semifinals determined who would advance to the Final, which featured Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Japan, England, Hawaii, USA, Brazil, and the home nation Denmark.
 
In the Final the race for Gold was over after New Zealand’s SUP racer, Annabel Anderson, fell off her board twice on the second lap, allowing Australia’s Terrene Black to push ahead by 50 meters. Australia’s following legs of the relay, Jordan Mercer and Lincoln Dews, added to the lead gained by Black to earn the Gold Medal.
 
Heading into the Relay Race final lap, the anchor for Team Denmark, Casper Steinfath, was tagged into the race with his team in sixth position. Steinfath made quick work to catch USA and Hawaii who were holding fourth and fifth place. In a display of incredible determination, Steinfath passed star Hawaiian SUP racer, Connor Baxter, to earn an inspirational Copper Medal for the country of Denmark.

The Danish team after surprisingly taking the 4th place.  Photo:  ISA / Sean Evans

The Danish team after surprisingly taking the 4th place. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Team France earned the Silver Medal and Team New Zealand the Bronze in the relay, solidifying their respective second and third positions in the overall team points ranking. 
 
The Closing Ceremony followed the end of competition to celebrate the end of a historic week of competition in Denmark and to crown the 2017 World Team Champion.
 
Dignitaries present at the ceremony included, ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, Mayor of Thisted Municipality, Lene Kjelgaard Jensen, President of Friends of Cold Hawaii, Finn Jorsal, and President Danish Surfing & Rafting Federation, Jakob Færch.
 
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
 
“We have come to the end of the World Championship, and it’s great because we have had an amazing competition, but sad because now we go back home and say goodbye to our friends and the people of Denmark. I want to thank the organizers, volunteers, and everyone who made this recording-breaking edition of the event possible.
 
“We got everything this week: wind, waves, rain, and sun. We have deep gratitude to the people of Cold Hawaii for hosting us.
 
“This is the largest ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in history. 42 countries, more 450 participants, and more than 700 team visitors gathered here in Denmark. We will all go home as ambassadors of the spirit of the Danish people.
 
“This week we experienced the highest level of competition and camaraderie. We have shared with our friends in Denmark the spirit of the ISA World Championship. ISA and SUP are one and we are going to be sure that it stays that way. The ISA is the only International Federation to organize a World Championship for SUP.  SUP is surfing and not canoeing. SUP will continue to flourish in Denmark and around the globe under ISA leadership.
 
“For those of you that didn’t take home medals, don’t ever forget you were here. You made history and represented your country, which is the highest honor.”
 
The ISA World Championship Series now heads to Japan for the 2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Hyuga from September 23 to October 1.
 
To see photos, video, results from the event, visit www.isaworlds.com.
 
To replay past days’ live webcasts, visit http://isaworlds.com/sup/2017/en/live/.
 
Results:
 
Team Relay Race
Gold – Australia
Silver – France
Bronze – New Zealand
Copper – Denmark
 
Team Ranking
1 (Gold) – Australia
2 (Silver) – France
3 (Bronze) – New Zealand
4 (Copper) – Hawaii
5 – USA
6 – Brazil
7 – Denmark
8 – Italy
9 – Japan
10 – South Africa
 
To see full team rankings, click here.
 

Australia’s Shakira Westdorp Repeats Title and Brazil’s Luiz Diniz Steps into International Spotlight with Men’s Gold Medal at 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship  


Team France holds onto their lead with strong, dual medal performance in SUP Surfing

Australia’s Shakira Westdorp repeated as the Women’s SUP Surfing World Champion, following up on her historic 2016 performance in Fiji, Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

Australia’s Shakira Westdorp repeated as the Women’s SUP Surfing World Champion, following up on her historic 2016 performance in Fiji, Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

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Australia’s Shakira Westdorp repeated as the Women’s SUP Surfing World Champion, following up on her historic 2016 performance in Fiji, while Brazil’s Luiz Diniz burst into the international spotlight in his first appearance in the event, bringing a Gold Medal to Team Brazil at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Vorupør, Denmark.

The two-time ISA SUP Surfing Gold Medalist, Westdorp, expressed her excitement with her teammates on the beach.

“I am so stoked! I just want to congratulate all the competitors.

“The conditions changed from gnarly to pretty good this afternoon, so it was awesome I was able to showcase my skills in varying conditions.

“The level of women’s SUP surfing is going through the roof and being on the top of that is pretty special. I am over the moon right now.

“Team Australia is sitting pretty good in the standings and we have some strong racers coming up this weekend. I am happy that I could earn these points and I think we can take the title out again.”

Luiz Diniz, a relatively unknown surfer at an international level, made a name for himself and etched his name forever among the first ISA SUP Gold Medalists crowned in Europe.

Brazil’s Luiz Diniz burst into the international spotlight in his first appearance in the event, bringing a Gold Medal to Team Brazil. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed. 

Brazil’s Luiz Diniz burst into the international spotlight in his first appearance in the event, bringing a Gold Medal to Team Brazil. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed. 

“I am super stoked for this win”, said Diniz. “Thank God for bringing me here and giving me hope. I've been taking it heat by heat and I felt pretty comfortable throughout in my first ISA World Championship.

“I started this journey without big sponsors and thanks to our team, we found the support we needed to come here and I won. This is really special for me and my country.”

Heading into the final weekend of competition, with just the Technical Race and Team Relay remaining, Team France has held onto their lead in the overall team points ranking. An all-around performance, with medals in the Men’s and Women’s Divisions from Benoit Carpentier and Justine Dupont, solidly maintained their lead with five medals left to be awarded.

Thursday morning on Denmark’s northwest coast known as ‘Cold Hawaii’ greeted the competitors with blustery, onshore conditions that provided a solid increase of swell into the waist to chest high range. Soon after heats got underway, the wind turned around 180 degrees with a light offshore, creating excellent conditions to crown World Champions.

After a morning of high performance Surfing and national pride radiating from the beach, the Men’s and Women’s Final took place.

The Men’s Final featured the 2016 runner-up Mo Freitas (HAW), Harry Maskell (AUS), Benoit Carpentier (FRA), and Luiz Diniz (BRA) contesting the Gold. Brazil’s Luiz Diniz jumped out to the lead with wave scores of 6.77 and 5.70, earning a heat total of 12.47. Hawaii’s Mo Freitas threatened Diniz’s lead, trailing by less than a point. Freitas made a crucial mistake and committed an interference, which resulted in his second highest wave score being halved and all but erasing his hopes for a Gold Medal. Freitas ended the heat in fourth position with the Copper Medal, France’s Benoit Carpentier in third with the Bronze, Australia’s Harry Maskell in second with the Silver.

The Women’s Final concluded the historic day of competition, with the defending World Champion Shakira Westdorp (AUS) getting off to a blazing start. Her first two wave scores turned out to be all she needed, taking the Gold Medal for the second consecutive year with a heat total of 11.87. France’s Justin Dupont earned the Silver, USA’s Emily Merrill the Bronze, and Brazil’s Aline Adisaka the Copper.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:

“What an incredible day of competition! This morning the waves showed up, the wind went offshore, and the world’s best SUP surfers took full advantage.

“Cold Hawaii lived up to its name, with some cold weather and excellent Surfing conditions. Shakira Westdorp and Luiz Diniz will forever go down in history as the first SUP Surfing ISA World Champions crowned in Cold Hawaii, Denmark, and Europe.

“The Technical Races and Team Relay Race that are set to take place this weekend will define who will emerge as the Team World Champion. Don’t miss the action!”

The tentative schedule for the remainder of the event will be as follows:
 
Vorupør

September 8 – Lay Day
September 9 – Technical Race Finals
September 10 – Relay Race & Closing Ceremony

To view the full event schedule, click here.

The event will be streaming live September 1-10 on www.isaworlds.com.