Australia Takes The Gold At The ISA China Cup

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Kaito Ohashi from team Japan which finished fifth. Photo: ISA

Australia Wins Back-To Back Team Gold Medal In The ISA China Cup

Brazil’s Michael Rodrigues and Australia’s Philippa Anderson win Gold with dominant performances

Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival
January 25 to 30, 2013
Wanning, Hainan, China

Wanning, Hainan, China, January 27, 2013- The International Surfing Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 ISA China Cup.

With a powerhouse team in both the Men and Women’s draw, Australia won the Team Gold Medal for the second consecutive year in the ISA China Cup. Brazil placed a close second, earning the Silver Medal, Hawaii won the Bronze Medal, and France took the Copper Medal to complete the team results. In an action-packed heat, Brazil’s Michael Rodrigues won the Men’s Gold scoring the event’s highest heat total of 17.00 points. Rodrigues defeated Mitch Crews (AUS, 14.64), Vincent Duvignac (FRA, 12.43), and Connor O’Leary (AUS, 9.10)

In a dramatic end to the Women’s Final, Hawaii’s Alessa Quizon was in the lead with the clock winding down and Gold in her sight, when she dropped in on her fellow surfer and was called for interference. This untimely move caused Quizon to drop to second place, allowing Australia’s Phillipa Anderson to take the win. Anderson (15.26) got the Gold Medal, defeating Quizon (12.56), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS, 8.53) and Nage Melamed (HAW, 6.40).

“I’m very happy and satisfied about the hosting of the ISA China Cup for the second year in a row. While the waves were not as strong as last year’s event, the athletes have provided a great show of surfing abilities,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “I’m totally excited about the potential for surfing in China, and certainly proud of our partnership with Womei, in the bringing of both ISA and ASP competitions for two years in a row. Congratulations to all and each member of the participating national surfing teams for coming to China and to all medalists for making history for surfing in China. Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to the people and government of China, and to our partner Womei, and all the sponsors for joining us in this great event.”

Michael Rodriguez, Men’s Gold Medalist was speechless about his win. “I am so happy and I don’t have words to explain what I am feeling,” commented Rodriguez. “I have no sponsors, so I came here to win only representing my country. Just being here was already great and with the victory it is even greater, I am very happy, thank you!” Women’s Gold Medalist, Phillipa Anderson selflessly remarked, “We didn’t really care about individuals we just wanted to get the gold for Australia so this helps a lot.”

Australia’s coach, Martin Dunn remarked about his winning team, “We brought a mixed bag of experienced WQS surfers and some young surfers who we think are going places in the sport,” remarked Dunn. “We came here and we expected the waves to be similar to last year with the long left hander and unfortunately that didn’t occur, but to be successful, you have to able to surf anything and its great that our surfers proved that.”

Tomorrow, Monday, January 28, marks the start of the second part of the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival, the Hainan Classic, 4-Star, Men’s ASP. With a prize purse of $95,000 US, the competition will take place from Monday, January 28 to Wednesday, January 30, and will feature the best surfers in the world, including defending Champion and 2013 ASP World Tour surfer Glenn Hall (IRE), 2000 ASP World Tour Champion Sunny Garcia, plus 10 Chinese surfers, by far the most ever in the history of any international surfing competition. This is a testimony to the success the ISA is already having in the short term to fulfilling its mission to develop global surfing, and to developing surfing in China.

Official Forecaster, Surfline, has predicted for the ENE swell to pulses up a bit more with 2-3’+ faces, and larger sets in the 4’ range over the afternoon, for a 7:30am call and likely start at 8am at the main break, the left point st Riyue Bay.

Mitch Crews ISA China Cup

Mitch Crews leading team Australia to a gold medal at the ISA China Cup. Photo: ISA


Women’s Final
Gold- Philippa Anderson (AUS)- 15.26
Silver- Alessa Quizon (HAW)- 12.56
Bronze- Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)- 8.53
Copper- Nage Melamed (HAW)- 6.40

Men’s Final
Gold- Michael Rodrigues (BRA)- 17.00
Silver- Mitch Crews (AUS)- 14.64
Bronze- Vincent Duvignac (FRA)- 12.43
Copper- Connor O’Leary (AUS)- 9.10

Final ISA China Cup Team Rankings
1. Australia- 13,000
2. Brazil- 11,718
3. Hawaii- 10,140
4. France- 9,836
5. Japan- 9,320
6. USA- 8,570
7. Peru- 8,270
8. Portugal- 8,242

About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China, and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013. ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 72 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

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