Peru Wins ISA World Surf Games

posted by / News / October 28, 2010

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Team Peru celebrates fairytale victory

Peru poured Pisco Sours Wednesday night to toast their victory at the ISA World Surf Games. The underdog host country edged out Australia for the gold, with South Africa and Brazil finishing third and fourth, respectively. Team USA finished sixth behind Tahiti.

Over 200 surfers representing 31 nations spent the week competing in four-to-six foot surf at Punta Hermosa, just outside Lima, Peru. National flags were flown and surfers conversed in 9 different languages as they surfed in the frigid water and mingled on land. They competed for their countries and also for themselves.

Claiming the men’s shortboard gold was Tahiti’s ultra-stylish Hira Teriinatoofa, who squeaked out a narrow win over Peruvian hometown hero Gabriel Villaran.

Throughout the Games, both Teriinatoofa and Villaran surfed solid, but it was Teriinatoofa’s lightning-fast turns and competitive savvy that proved golden. As they played the Tahitian anthem, Teriinatoofa shrouded himself in his flag, held his hand to his heart and soaked in the glory of winning a gold medal.

Gabriel Villaran

Gabriel Villaran

“I cannot explain what I feel,” said Teriinatoofa of his second ISA win, the first being in Ecuador six years ago. “The emotions are overwhelming. I just want to go home and celebrate with my family.”

In the Women’s Division, Australian superstar and 2002 ISA Gold Medalist Chelsea Hedges dominated the field with a combined heat score of 17-points. New Zealand’s Paige Hareb took second, Peruvian Sofia Mulanovich third, and France’s Pauline Ado fourth.

The results of each division were kept secret until the awards ceremony, and a tense crowd of 1,500 mostly Peruvian fans waited to hear the results from the podium. Once the standings were announced, the crowd exploded.

“Peru! Peru! Peru!” was the cry as the Peruvian National Team danced and sang, even crying as their national anthem played.

“I have no words, except that God has blessed Peru,” said Karin Sierralta, the Peruvian event organizer. “I struggled to bring an ISA event here to Peru, and now the team I love are the champions! After so much effort and so much work it feels incredible. To hear my country shouting ‘CHAMPION!’ is the biggest thing in my life. My dream has been made a reality. What I feel inside me, this happiness goes beyond explanation.”

Hira Terinatoofa

Hira Terinatoofa

Men’s Individual Results

1 12.17 Hira Teriinatoofa TAH

2 12.03 Gabriel Villaran PER

3 8.20 Alan Jhones BRA

4 7.67 Mick Campbell AUS

Women’s Individual Results

1 17.00 Chelsea Hedges AUS

2 14.60 Paige Hareb NZL

3 11.50 Sofia Mulanovich PER

4 9.00 Pauline Ado FRA

Country Results

1 PERU 14370

2 AUSTRALIA 14160

3 SOUTH AFRICA 11820

4 BRAZIL 11340

5 TAHITI 10540

6 USA 10356

7 NEW ZEALAND 8880

8 FRANCE 8626

9 COSTA RICA 8480

10 SPAIN 8100

11 VENEZUELA 7640

12 PUERTO RICO 7240

13 CHILE 6960

14 ARGENTINA 6920

15 MEXICO 6912

16 UK 6894

17 PANAMA 6034

18 JAPAN 5416

19 ECUADOR 5126

20 GERMANY 4864

21 URUGUAY 4738

22 SWITZERLAND 4272

23 GUATEMALA 4160

24 PORTUGAL 4032

25 CANADA 3504

26 SWEDEN 3344

27 DOMINICAN REP. 3112

28 ISRAEL 2656

29 JAMAICA 1920

30 IRELAND 640

31 BARBADOS 560

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One Response to “Peru Wins ISA World Surf Games”

  1. Juan Jose says:

    Peru wins, is hollow victory….. Peru surfer Matthias Mulanovich must be ashamed.This was not sport! this was disgusting and has no place in surfing. Blocking tactics without surfing in heat is not for the sport but for personal money.Do not believe all you read. All peruvians were being paid to be bad sports.Karin Seirralta should also carry shame for his actions in the judging tower and promote the event to make thousands of soles $$$.money corrupts and we all witnees this in Peru

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