Silver To Budgewoi's Sandra English As TravelSIM Team Australia Finishes Third At ISA World Masters Surfing Championship

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Silver To Budgewoi's Sandra English As TravelSIM Team Australia Finishes Third At ISA World Masters Surfing Championship

Silver To Budgewoi's Sandra English As TravelSIM Team Australia Finishes Third At ISA World Masters Surfing Championship

TravelSIM Team Australia has finished third behind Hawaii and the USA at the Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship while Sandra English (Budgewoi, NSW) collected the silver medal in the Women’s Masters Division.

Held at Colorado Beach at Hacienda Iguana from July 14-22, the championships attracted more than 130 surfers 35-years and older from 25 nations competing in the Masters (Over 35), Grand Masters (Over 40), Kahuna (Over 45) and Grand Kahuna (Over 50) divisions.

Travelsim Team Australia finished fifth at last year’s titles in El Salvador and improved two spots in 2012 after an exciting final day of competition at Colorado Beach.

The powerful Hawaiian team took the honours with 10540 points ahead of the USA (9771), Australia (7540) and Brazil (7306).

TravelSIM Team Australia had four competitors still in contention heading into the final day and finished with a silver to English; a bronze medal to Rod Baldwin (Copacabana, NSW) in the Grand Kahunas Division; and a copper medal for fourth to Mark Cameron (Woolgoolga, NSW) in the Grand Masters Division.

John Schmidenberg (Emerald Beach, NSW) entered the final day needing to finish in the top two of the Round Six Repechage Heat in the Men’s Kahunas Division, but missed second place by just .27 of a point.

English was desperately close to snatching the gold medal in the Women’s Masters but was pipped by Hawaii’s former World Tour competitor Rochelle Ballard 8.90 to 8.17.

In the Men’s Grand Kahunas, Baldwin featured in the only final not involving a Hawaiian  to finish third on 10.10 behind Peru’s Javier Huarcaya (14.67) and the USA’s Allen Sarlo (11.30).

Cameron (7.10) came up against a Hawaiian double-team in the final of the Grand Masters Division with 2000 World Champion Sunny Garcia winning gold on 17.66 ahead of countryman Kaipo Jaquias (17.33).

Garcia (14.10) and Jaquias (10.87) also finished second and third in the Men’s Masters Division behind Venezuela’s Magnum Martinez (16.66). The Kahunas Division was won by the USA’s James Hogan (15.56) ahead of countryman Ricky Schaffer (13.50) and Hawaii’s Mike Latronic (11.10).

Final Team Standings:
1 Hawaii 10540, 2 USA 9771, 3 Australia 7540, 4 Brazil 7306, 5 Venezuela 7303.

TravelSIM Team Australia

Men's Masters (Over 35)
Dean Hall (Miami, QLD) 13th
Robbie Page (Kempsey, NSW) 19th

Men's Grand Masters (Over 40)
Mark Cameron (Woolgoolga, NSW) 4th
David Hammond (Avalon Beach, NSW) 11th

Men's Kahunas (Over 45)
John Schmidenberg (Emerald Beach, NSW) 5th
Scott Weinreich (Scamander, TAS) 21st

Men's Grand Kahunas (Over 50)
Rod Baldwin (Copacabana, NSW) 3rd

Women's Masters (Over 35)
Sandra English (Budgewoi, NSW) 2nd

Team Manager
Lee Schulze (Scamander, TAS)

Surfing Australia would like to recognise the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), TravelSIM and Suncorp for their continuing support of the Team Australia Program.
Find out more about TravelSIM at www.travelsim.net.au

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