between the 27th of April and the 1st of May, will be…
Historic Week for Chilean Surfing and Bodyboarding
Team Chile went down in the history books as the Gold Medal Team of the 2014 ISA World Bodyboard Championship that took place during the first ever ISA World Championship held in the country. The local team defended their home turf and walked away with the World Team Champion Trophy.
Chile made history by winning its first ever ISA Gold Medal also thanks to the 17 year old, Yoshua Toledo, who also won Gold in Junior Boys U-18.
The first Gold Medalist crowned was France’s Amaury Lavernhe, who won the Gold Medal in Dropknee. In the picture: Amaury Lavernhe and Peru’s Silver Medalist Cesar Bauer showing great ISA values of sportsmanship after the final finished. Photo: © ISA/Gonzalo Muñoz
Young Carolina Botteri of Peru won the Junior Girls U-18. She later commented her victory, “I’m very happy and excited! Thanks to all my team, my coach and my team manager for their support. This is a dream come true. I have trained a lot and here’s the result.”
Open Women's final saw Portugal’s Teresa Almeida defeating the defending Champion Brazil’s Neymara Carvalho, who finished second. She humbly commented later on that she didn't expect to win.
The ISA Aloha Cup Final was a seesaw battle with the lead changing many times, but ultimately, France, showing great strategy and high-level bodyboarding, secured the first place in the end, earning 68.79 points, leaving narrowly defeated Portugal (68.77), Brazil (63.83) and Venezuela (60.03) behind.
In the last Final of the day, South Africa’s young gun Tristan Roberts won the Open Men’s Gold Medal. He was down after losing his Junior title in the last minutes but went to the Open Men final heat and it paid off defeating France’s Silver Medalist Amaury Lavernhe.
Official 2014 ISA World Bodyboard Championship Results:
Dropknee - Amaury Lavernhe / FRANCE
Open Men - Tristan Roberts / South Africa
Open Women - Teresa Almeida / PORTUGAL
Junior Boys U-18 - Yoshua Toledo / PERU
Junior Girls U-18 - Carolina Botteri / PERU
The ISA Aloha Cup - FRANCE
Final Team Standings:
1 – Chile – 8,738
2 – France – 8,565
3 – South Africa – 8,336
4 – Portugal– 7,227
5 – Peru – 7,052
6 – Brazil– 6,504
7 – Venezuela – 6,361
8 – Costa Rica – 5,506
9 – Argentina – 5,050
10 – Ecuador– 4,950
11 – Puerto Rico – 3,670
12 – México – 1,980
13 – Panamá – 1,170
Photos: © ISA/Rommel Gonzales