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South Africa's Smyth takes gold at World Adaptive Champs

Antony Smyth © ISA/Grant

 

 

 

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SA Team captain Antony Smyth joined on the podium by team mate JP Veaudry 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 December, 2016 - South African Team captain Antony Smyth of Hout Bay in the Western Cape dominated the AS1 Stand/Kneel Division Final to deservedly win the Gold medal at the 2016 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship presented by Vissla and the City of San Diego.

Surfing in the final heat of the event, Smyth, the 2015 Silver Medalist, was joined on the podium by team mate JP Veaudry of East London who won the Bronze Medal. Kenjiro Ito of Japan took the Copper medal which is awarded to the surfer who comes fourth in each final.

Smyth won every heat he surfed in and posted some of the highest heat scores of the event but he was nervous going into the Final. “I was terrified that I wouldn’t get the waves and I would repeat my runner-up spot,” said Smyth. “I shed tears of relief when I came in. From the moment I left the beach last year, I knew that I would come back and try it win it. I’ve done it now”. Smyth added that the victory was dedicated to his brother who passed away earlier this year. 

The Final Day of was held in clean 2-3+ foot surf at La Jolla Shores in San Diego where the ISA Head Office is situated. 

Brazil was crowned the first-ever Adaptive Surfing World Team Champions. The USA came second with Chile and Australia finishing third and fourth respectively. Hawaii was fifth and South Africa came sixth, finishing ahead of France and 15 other nations

 “This was an incredible finish to a monumental week of competition for the sport of Adaptive Surfing,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “Throughout these four days we witnessed the sport grow in leaps and bounds. The six World Champions, the 77 athletes, the 22 countries and Team Brazil’s Gold Medal performance will forever be a part of the history of Adaptive Surfing.”

“This event has built upon the platform created in 2015 to launch the sport towards Paralympic inclusion. However, the Paralympics are not the final goal, they are the ultimate achievement. The final goal is to spread the joy of Adaptive Surfing around the globe, which is what we accomplished this week.”

The AS 6 visually impaired Final was the first to hit the water and Spain’s Aitor Francesena became the inaugural World Champion in this division.

“Anything is possible,” said Francesena. “We have to work with what we have. This proves that with drive and passion you can do anything you set your mind to.”

Brazil’s Elias Figue Diel was second followed by Australia’s Matt Formston with the  Gwendal Du Fretay of France taking fourth place. South African Erynn Geddie of Durban finished 5th in this Division.

In the AS-5 Assist Final, eleven year old Davi Teixeira of Brazil edged Barney Miller of Australia into second place. Jesse Billauer of the USA was third and  Pancho Arbulu of Peru came fourth. Ashtan Davids of Muizenberg, South Africa’s representative in this Division, came 10th.

The AS-4 Prone Division title was won by South African born Bruno Hansen who was representing Denmark at this event. Christiaan Bailey of the USA and Alvaro Bayona of Spain were second and third respectively for the second consecutive year, while Costa Rica’s Mathius Hoogth took fourth place.

The AS-3 Upright title went the way of Fellipe Lima of Brazil. The 2015 Gold Medalist topped off his stellar performance with the first perfect 10-point ride in the history of the event. Jeff Munson of the USA was second, Great Britain’s Chris Jones came third and fourth place went to Chile’s Elias Valencia.

Honours in the AS 2 Division went to defending champion Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart of Australia with Eric Dargent of France taking second spot ahead of Henrique Saraiva of Brazil. Colin Cook of Hawaii was fourth. South African team members Caleb Swanepoel of Prince Albert and Lesley Lee of Port Elizabeth came 13th and 18th respectively in this division.

For full results, visit: http://isaworlds.com/adaptive/2016/en/results/

SA Team captain Antony Smyth of Hout Bay in the Western Cape dominated the AS1 Stand/Kneel Division Final to deservedly win the Gold medal at the 2016 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship presented by Vissla and the City of San Diego.

Surfing in the final heat of the event, Smyth, the 2015 Silver Medalist, was joined on the podium by team mate JP Veaudry of East London who won the Bronze Medal. Kenjiro Ito of Japan took the Copper medal which is awarded to the surfer who comes fourth in each final.

Smyth won every heat he surfed in and posted some of the highest heat scores of the event but he was nervous going into the Final. “I was terrified that I wouldn’t get the waves and I would repeat my runner-up spot,” said Smyth. “I shed tears of relief when I came in. From the moment I left the beach last year, I knew that I would come back and try it win it. I’ve done it now”. Smyth added that the victory was dedicated to his brother who passed away earlier this year. 

The Final Day of was held in clean 2-3+ foot surf at La Jolla Shores in San Diego where the ISA Head Office is situated. 

Brazil was crowned the first-ever Adaptive Surfing World Team Champions. The USA came second with Chile and Australia finishing third and fourth respectively. Hawaii was fifth and South Africa came sixth, finishing ahead of France and 15 other nations

 “This was an incredible finish to a monumental week of competition for the sport of Adaptive Surfing,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “Throughout these four days we witnessed the sport grow in leaps and bounds. The six World Champions, the 77 athletes, the 22 countries and Team Brazil’s Gold Medal performance will forever be a part of the history of Adaptive Surfing.”

“This event has built upon the platform created in 2015 to launch the sport towards Paralympic inclusion. However, the Paralympics are not the final goal, they are the ultimate achievement. The final goal is to spread the joy of Adaptive Surfing around the globe, which is what we accomplished this week.”

The AS 6 visually impaired Final was the first to hit the water and Spain’s Aitor Francesena became the inaugural World Champion in this division.

“Anything is possible,” said Francesena. “We have to work with what we have. This proves that with drive and passion you can do anything you set your mind to.”

Brazil’s Elias Figue Diel was second followed by Australia’s Matt Formston with the  Gwendal Du Fretay of France taking fourth place. South African Erynn Geddie of Durban finished 5th in this Division.

In the AS-5 Assist Final, eleven year old Davi Teixeira of Brazil edged Barney Miller of Australia into second place. Jesse Billauer of the USA was third and  Pancho Arbulu of Peru came fourth. Ashtan Davids of Muizenberg, South Africa’s representative in this Division, came 10th.

The AS-4 Prone Division title was won by South African born Bruno Hansen who was representing Denmark at this event. Christiaan Bailey of the USA and Alvaro Bayona of Spain were second and third respectively for the second consecutive year, while Costa Rica’s Mathius Hoogth took fourth place.

The AS-3 Upright title went the way of Fellipe Lima of Brazil. The 2015 Gold Medalist topped off his stellar performance with the first perfect 10-point ride in the history of the event. Jeff Munson of the USA was second, Great Britain’s Chris Jones came third and fourth place went to Chile’s Elias Valencia.

Honours in the AS 2 Division went to defending champion Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart of Australia with Eric Dargent of France taking second spot ahead of Henrique Saraiva of Brazil. Colin Cook of Hawaii was fourth. South African team members Caleb Swanepoel of Prince Albert and Lesley Lee of Port Elizabeth came 13th and 18th respectively in this division.

For full results, visit: http://isaworlds.com/adaptive/2016/en/results/

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Team Results

1 – Brazil, Gold Medal (5598)
2 – USA, Silver Medal (5109)
3 – Chile, Bronze Medal (3912)
4 – Australia, Copper Medal (3783)
5 – Hawaii (3755)
6 – South Africa (3618)
7 – France (3128)
8 – Costa Rica (2595)
9 – Great Britain (2295)
10 – Spain (1730)
11 – Canada (1726)
12 – Italy (1335)
13 – Japan (1225)
14 – Peru (1170)
15 – Denmark (1000)
16 – Wales (610)
16 – Colombia (610)
18 – Argentina (583)
19 – Norway (500)
20 – Mexico (450)
20 – Netherlands (450)
22 – Czech Republic (390)

 

1 – Brazil, Gold Medal (5598)
2 – USA, Silver Medal (5109)
3 – Chile, Bronze Medal (3912)
4 – Australia, Copper Medal (3783)
5 – Hawaii (3755)
6 – South Africa (3618)
7 – France (3128)
8 – Costa Rica (2595)
9 – Great Britain (2295)
10 – Spain (1730)
11 – Canada (1726)
12 – Italy (1335)
13 – Japan (1225)
14 – Peru (1170)
15 – Denmark (1000)
16 – Wales (610)
16 – Colombia (610)
18 – Argentina (583)
19 – Norway (500)
20 – Mexico (450)
20 – Netherlands (450)
22 – Czech Republic (390)

 

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