USA Wins the Team Gold Medal at the El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship

It was first-ever victory for Team USA in its first-ever ISA World Masters Surfing Championship. Photo: ISA/Watts

Gold medals for individual athletes go to Master Mark Richardson (AUS), Grand Master Juan Ashton (PUR), Kahuna Tom Curren (USA), Grand Kahuna Craig Schieber (CRI) and Women Master Layne Beachley (AUS)

El Salvador ISA World Masters Surfing Championship
October 23, 2011
La Libertad, El Salvador

The USA won the Eduardo Arena ISA World Team Trophy. The final day had contestable 3-to-4 feet waves under amazingly clear skies at a beach packed with local and international fans.

Team USA's debut in the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship proved to be more than successful. They are taking home the Team Trophy, the Kahunas Gold and Silver Medals won by Tom Curren and Jim Hogan. Also Grand Kahunas and Women Masters Copper Medals were won by Allen Sarlo and Alissa Cairns respectively.

The team also had Masters Sean Mattison and Jason Senn, and Grand Masters Dean Randazzo and David Giddings placing in top 16 positions.

"Of course, the great performances in the Kahunas with Tom Curren and Jimmy Hogan were key," said Team USA Head Coach, Ian Cairns. "But it was also a good, consistent performance by the whole team, as most of our guys made the finals. In this event you have to make the finals; you must have all of your team do well. We had a great time in El Salvador and to come out as champions, it's just really amazing for us."

Final Results - Team Medalists
Gold: USA
Silver: Brazil
Bronze: South Africa
Copper: Puerto Rico