Peru Wins ISA World SURF Games

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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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