ISA Crowns 2018 SUP Surfing Gold Medalists


WANNING, China – Australia’s Shakira Westdorp and Brazil’s Luiz Diniz both repeated as SUP Surfing World Champions at the 2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Wanning, China. Westdorp’s Gold Medal performance was an unprecedented third in a row, putting her in a league of her own in the history of ISA SUP Surfing.

“I am so stoked to win,” said an emotional Westdorp. “I had to go the long way through the Repechage, but it paid off in the end. It’s great points for our team to earn this Gold. As captain, this is my goal to get us off to a great start.”

Diniz earned an incredible 9.5 score in the final moments of the Men’s Final to earn his second consecutive title and a spot in the SUP Surfing competition at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, where SUP Surfing and Racing are set to make their debut.

“I am so happy to win the Gold Medal two times,” said Diniz. “I want to thank my family and friends for making this possible.”

Following Diniz in the Men’s Final were Australia’s Harry Maskell, earning his second consecutive Silver Medal, Brazil’s Caio Vaz with the Bronze, and Spain’s 17-year-old phenom Juan de los Reyes with the Copper.

isa china 2018 shakira westdorp sean evansShakira Westdorp let’s out her emotions out after winning her third consecutive Gold Medal for Team Australia. | Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

On the final day of competition in Wanning, Riyue Bay continued to provide excellent left-hand waves for the world’s best SUP surfers. After a morning of Main Event and Repechage heats, the Women’s final ran to crown the first World Champion of the event.

In the Women’s Final, Spain’s Iballa Ruano Moreno earned the Silver, New Zealand’s Stella Smith the Bronze, and Japan’s Yuuka Horikoshi the Copper. Team Australia, Spain and Brazil all finished the day with two athletes on the podium. Candice Appleby (USA) was the top performing woman, which earned her a spot in StandUp Paddle’s debut at the 2019 Pan American Games.

Clockwise: Gold Medalist, Shakira Westdorp. Silver Medalist, Iballa Moreno. Bronze Medalist, Stella Smith. Copper Medalist, Yuuka Horikoshi. | Photos: ISA / Jimenez

Australia’s Westdorp continued her unstoppable run through the competition and notched a pair of 7-point rides to continue her dominance atop Women’s SUP Surfing. Japan’s Horikoshi made a critical error and interfered on one of Westdorp’s waves, which resulted in her second wave score being halved, leaving her in Copper Medal position.

Spain’s Moreno challenged Westdorp for the Gold, but came up short with the Silver Medal, her second in the history of the event. New Zealand’s Smith followed with Bronze.

isa china 2018 luiz diniz jimenezBrazil’s Luiz Diniz soaks his in second ISA SUP Surfing Gold. | Photo: ISA / Pablo Jimenez

In the Men’s Final the Brazilian teammates Vaz and Diniz paired up against Australia’s Maskell and Spain’s de los Reyes. Maskell and Diniz traded off the top position, however Diniz’s combination of 8.5 and 9.5, the highest total of the event (18.00), propelled him into the pole position to earn his second consecutive Gold Medal.

Vaz ran into problems during the heat when he broke his board and had to rush to the beach to swap it out with only 5 minutes remaining. Vaz recovered and made it quickly back out to the lineup, but never found a wave that could improve upon his Bronze Medal position, leaving Maskell in Silver position and de los Reyes in Copper position.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

“Congratulations to these amazing, repeating World Champions and to all the medalists. They have gone down in history as the first ISA SUP Champions crowned in Asia and mark an important milestone in the ISA’s push to grow and develop SUP across all continents of the globe.

“Now that the SUP surfers have got the competition off to an excellent start, we shift gears towards the SUP and Paddleboard Technical Racing where the world’s best will vie for titles. The best of the best are here in Riyue Bay and eager to make their countries proud with a Gold Medal.”

The ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will be streamed live on Nov 23 – Dec 2.

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Left: Juan de los Reyes. Right: Caio Vaz. | Photos: ISA / Pablo Jimenez

isa china 2018 harry maskell jimenezSilver Medalist, Harry Maskell. | Photo: ISA / Pablo Jimenez

SUP Surfing Results:

Women’s SUP Surfing

Gold – Shakira Westdorp (AUS)
Silver – Iballa Ruano Moreno (ESP)
Bronze – Stella Smith (NZL)
Copper – Yuuka Horikoshi (JPN)

Men’s SUP Surfing

Gold – Luiz Diniz (BRA)
Silver – Harry Maskell (AUS)
Bronze – Caio Vaz (BRA)
Copper – Juan de los Reyes (ESP)

The remaining event schedule is the following*:

Riyue Bay

November 27 – Technical Races
November 28 – Technical Races
November 29 – Lay day

Shenzhou Peninsula

November 30 – Sprint Races
December 1 – Distance Races
December 2 – Relay Races, Closing Ceremony
*All times in local time (GMT +8). Schedule subject to change.