Peru Celebrates Another Gold in Surfing

The 8 participating National Surfing Teams: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru and South Africa, along with their 48 surfers, traveled from every corner of the globe to compete for Gold to tropical Wanning, on Hainan Island in the South China Sea, for the third ISA China Cup. Not only it was a historic moment for team China, competing at an ISA competition facing the top surfing countries in the world, but also for team Peru, who seams unstoppable this year.
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Held at the left point break Riyue Bay, the surfers faced challenging conditions as the surf was in the 2-3ft range. Despite the waves not being the best, the conditions remained glassy and contestable and the surfers showed amazing surfing skill and provided a great show. With strong performances on both the Men and Women’s side, Peru won the Team Gold Medal and the ISA China Cup Team Trophy. Australia placed a close second, earning the Silver Medal, Brazil won the Bronze Medal, and South Africa took the Copper Medal.

Winners of the ISA China Cup Individual Gold Medals Nicholas Squiers (left) from Australia and Miluska Tello (right) from Peru.

In an action-packed heat, Australia’s Nicholas Squiers won the Men’s Gold Medal with a heat total score of 13.93, defeating Silver Medalist, Peru’s Juninho Urcia (11.57), Bronze Medalist, Peru’s Miguel Tudela (11.03) and Copper Medalist, Argentina’s Mariano Arreyes (10.50).

Australia’s Nicholas Squiers, winner of the ISA China Cup Men’s Gold Medal.

“It’s one thing to surf for yourself, but to have your country’s emblem in your chest is another thing. You got all your teammates to support you for the heat, and that just gives you more drive. It’s such a beautiful spot here, the water is warm and although the waves are small, it’s a lot of fun. I’ve never been here so it has opened my eyes to another place in the world, it’s fantastic. I’m glad to be here and take the win," said the Gold Medalist Nicholas Squiers.

Peru’s Miluska Tello, winner of the ISA China Cup Women’s Gold Medal.

In a dramatic end to the Women’s Final, Australia’s Jessica Grimwood was in the lead with just a few minutes until the final horn, when Peru’s Miluska Tello earned a 6.17 to move up to first place, allowing Tello to take the win, with a total score of 11.83. In second, earning the Silver Medal, came South Africa’s Tanika Hoffman (9.57), in third, earning the Bronze Medal, Australia’s Jessica Grimwood (9.30) and in fourth, earning the Copper Medal, Costa Rica’s Leilani McGonagle (8.50).

“I’m very happy because last year I made it to the Repechage Final and finished in fifth place. This has happened several times that I get eliminated in the Repechage Finals. This time I got the opportunity to reach the Final and win, just like Anali (Gomez) did. We got rid of our bad streak of always losing in the Repechage Finals, Anali is the World Champion and I won this important event," commented Miluska Tello.

Peru’s Juninho Urcia earned a Silver Medal and helped Peru win the overall Team Championship.

Silver Medalist Tanika Hoffman helped Team South Africa earn the overall Team Copper Medal.

The conclusion of the ISA China Cup marked the start of the Hainan Classic, Men’s 4-Star ASP Qualifying Series event and part of the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival. With a prize purse of $95,000 US, the competition also features an international field of surfers, including 12 Chinese, by far the most ever in the history of any international surfing competition.  The event ends on 28th November. Stay tuned for more!

Final ISA China Cup Team Rankings:

1- Peru- 13,378
2- Australia- 13,232
3- Brazil- 9,766
4- South Africa- 9,760
5- Argentina- 9,270
6- Costa Rica- 8,910
7- Panama 7,640
8- China 7,140

Photos: © ISA/Rommel Gonzales


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