Team Hawaii Claims Gold at ISA World Masters
By ISA/press | 23 July 2012
Team Hawaii Claims Gold at ISA World Masters
By ISA/press | 23 July 2012
Driven by six individual medals, Team Hawaii won its first-ever ISA World Masters Gold Medal and Mike Latronic lifted the perpetual Eduardo Arena Trophy. They won the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Team Trophy in Panama, two months ago. Pic: ISA/Rommel Gonzalez
Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship
With a team groomed in challenging, barreling conditions along the famed North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii’s team was tailor-made for the conditions at Colorado Beach at Hacienda Iguana. Surfing in well-overhead waves on the final day of competition, the Hawaiians won six individual medals at the Nicaragua ISA World Surfing Championship, and clinched the Team Gold Medal and the perpetual Eduardo Arena Trophy.
“The depth of the talent that we brought with us – Sunny [Garcia], Kaipo [Jaquias] and Rochelle [Ballard] – was a pretty big edge to begin with, and then to have Nelson, who’s one of the coolest dudes in the world, and Glenn, who is a master shaper, it was a really good dynamic,” said Mike Latronic, who was both a competitor and team manager for the Hawaiians. “We have a lot of combined experience, heat wins and great surfing. This year wasn’t even so much about the results, it was about the spirit of our team, the camaraderie, the laughs, and the joy of the whole trip. To cap it off with a Team Gold Medal was icing of the cake.”
Hawaii won six of the 20 individual medals awarded on Sunday, with a Gold and Silver won by former ASP World Tour Champion Sunny Garcia, a Gold for Rochelle Ballard, a Silver and Bronze for Kaipo Jaquias and a Bronze for Mike Latronic.
Team USA, which won Gold last year in El Salvador, had to settle for the Team Silver Medal in 2012.
After eight amazing days of competition, with many memories and friendships made, the Nicaragua ISA World Masters is at its end, but the impact will certainly live long beyond once the scaffolding comes down.
“Eight days ago we arrived to Nicaragua as strangers, and today we are all leaving as Nicaraguan ambassadors,” said Fernando Aguerre, the President of the ISA. “We thought there would be good waves here and, instead, there were amazing waves. We thought there was going to be good organization, but it was great. We thought that it was going to be a competitive tournament and it was unbelievably tight until the very late minute of the very last heat, so thanks to all the competitors! This event is tattooed in our hearts. We didn’t know what would happen in Nicaragua and now we leave surprised and forever indebted.”
Five first-time ISA Gold Medalists were celebrated on the final day of the Nicaragua ISA World Masters. From left: Sunny Garcia (HAW) won the Men´s Grand Masters; Magnum Martinez (VEN) won the Men´s Masters in dramatic fashion; Jim Hogan (USA) took a step up the podium, winning the Men´s Kahunas; two-time ISA Silver Medalist Javier Huarcaya (PER) finally finished atop his division; and Rochelle Ballard (HAW) won her first ISA Medal since 1988, when she was a teenager. Piss: ISA/Shawn Parkin
Rochelle Ballard (HAW) Wins Gold in Women’s Masters, Her First ISA Medal Since 1988
The Finals of the Women’s Masters division wasn’t the heat Rochelle Ballard (HAW) expected. After winning every heat she’d entered – and having done so in dominating fashion – the Finals came down to a last-minute wave to decide the world champion.
“It feels good to be champion. I came runner-up on the ASP World Tour against Sofia (Mulanovich in 2004) and I really like to continue to see where [the ISA World Masters] is going to go, especially bringing back some true champions,” Ballard said. “I’m really stoked for the Hawaiian team. This whole event has been about that, sharing our Aloha and our passion and the camaraderie that we have. I love that spirit of sharing; it’s really inspiring to me and it motivates me to do well. The ISA just put on an amazing event.”
During yesterday’s webcast Rochelle challenged Lisa Andersen and Layne Beachley (former ASP world champions) to compete in the 2013 event, reviving their Professional surfing rivalry.
Australia's highest medal was a silver from ISA veteran and 10 times Aussie Champ, Budgewoi's Sandra English. Pic:ISA
Sandra English (AUS) was leading the heat up until Ballard’s final, Gold Medal-winning wave. English finished with the Silver, her highest finish in ISA World Masters competition. She had previously won a Bronze in Punta Rocas, Peru in 2008 and a Copper at Santa Catalina, Panama in 2010. Sonia ‘Pucha’ Garcia (PAN) won the Bronze Medal and Andrea Diaz (CRI) won the Copper Medal.
Former ISA champion and winner of a heap of Aussie and titles Copocabana's Rob Baldwin finished third in the Grand Kahunas. Pic: ISA/Rommel
Javier Huarcaya (PER) Wins Grand Kahunas Gold, After Twice Finishing Runner-up
After coming so very close on two previous occasions, Javier Huarcaya (PER) wasn’t going to let his opportunity to finally win an ISA World Masters Gold Medal pass him by. With the minutes ticking down, a set looming and competitors within striking distance to surpass his score, Huarcaya made a dramatic effort to secure the win. With no hope of making the drop, he threw himself over the ledge to keep another competitor off the wave. The final horn blew, and the allusive Gold was his.
“It tastes so good; after two Silvers and now, finally, the Gold. I thought that this would be my last ISA World Championship, but now the people of Peru say, ‘No!’ This is a dream,” said Huarcaya, who won Silver at the ISA World Masters in 2010 and 2007. “Here you have to look at the sea until the last second. Colorado Beach changes every two minutes and to have the right boards was crucial. I changed my board for a smaller one in the morning and for the final, I used a longer board. Without that change I wouldn’t have caught that barrel, not even with an engine. The longer board and the light of God helped me.”
The Gold was Peru’s first at the ISA World Masters since 2007. Allen Sarlo (USA) won Silver for the second consecutive year, while Rod Baldwin (AUS) won Bronze and Craig Schieber (CRI) won Copper.
Mark Cameron from Woolgoolga did well to make the finals in the hotly contested Grand Masters. Pic: ISA/Rommel
Hawaiians Sunny Garcia and Kaipo Jaquias Win Gold-Silver in the Men’s Grand Masters
“I’m very happy. I’ve always wanted to come to an ISA event. I never got to go when I was younger. All the years on [the ASP World Tour], they were always conflicting date events,” Garcia said. “It’s my first time and hopefully won’t be my last.”
With his Bronze Medal, Ashton extended his record ISA medal count to six individual medals (4 Gold, 1 Copper, 1 Bronze).
Americans Jim Hogan and Ricky Schaffer Finish First-Second in the Men’s Kahunas
“It feels really good to come back and actually win the Gold. I’ve just surfed on two USA teams and at two ISA events, last year and this one, so I’m really honored that the US picked me to be a member of their team,” Hogan said. “My name has been next to Tom Currens’ since 1978 and we’ve had some good rivalries over the years. I wish he were here, but Ricky Schaffer did a tremendous job. This guy surfed his heart out, he pushed me and if he hadn’tpushed me as hard has he did maybe I wouldn’t have the Gold.”
The Americans had a rough day leading up to the Finals, losing four teammates just a heat before the Medal round. Hogan and Schaffer’s performances offered a bit of redemption and critical points toward the team standings and the Team Silver Medal.
Magnum Martinez’s Late-Heat Heroics Earns Him the First-Ever ISA Gold for Venezuela
The wave that swung the heat for Martinez came with about a minute to go in the final. He pulled into an overhead barrel, came out clean and landed a huge air-drop floater for an 8.83. His countrymen went crazy on the shoreline, waving their red, yellow and blue flag, and jumping wildly.
“I’m a late bloomer; I always do everything late. I started to surf when I was 15 and won an ISA World Championship at 38. It’s the greatest gift in my career,” said Martinez, with tears down his face. “I was getting a lot of support through the Internet and I was trying to embrace it to help me get to first place. Thank you to all the people who support me. I have to thank Kaipo, Sunny and Armando, it was an honor to be in that final. We were competing but there was much respect between all of us.
Garcia finished with the Silver Medal, while Jaquias won the Copper, and Brazil’s Armando Daltro finished with the Bronze.
Magnum Martinez raced his way through picture perfect barrels in the finals and winning the first ever ISA Gold Medal for Venezuela. Pic: ISA/Rommel González
Closing Ceremony of the Nicaragua ISA World Masters Packed With Excitement and Surprises
Men’s Grand Masters Qualifying Round 5 Results
Men’s Kahunas Qualifying Round 4 Results
Men’s Masters Qualifying Round 5 Results
Women’s Masters Repechage Round 4 Results
Men’s Grand Masters Repechage Round 8 Results
Men’s Kahunas Repechage Round 6 Results
Men’s Grand Kahunas Repechage Round 6 Results\
Men’s Masters Repechage Round 8 Results
Women’s Masters Final Results
Men’s Grand Kahunas Final Results
Men’s Grand Masters Final Results
Men’s Kahunas Final Results
Men’s Masters Final Results
Final Team Standings
ISA Aloha Cup Finals Results