Australia Wins the ISA World Surfing Games

Santiago Muniz, Cannelle Bulard, and Tony Silvagni Earn Individual Gold

Team Australia, at the top of the podium at the ISA World Games in Panama. Photo: Rommel

After losing their top position in the World Junior Surfing Championship last month in Peru, the Aussies showed the surfing world that they’re back on top. The team, which included Mick Campbell, Drew Courtney, Thomas Woods, and Nathan Hedge in the Men’s division; Harley Ingleby and Dane Pioli in Longboard division; and Dimity Stoyle and Jessi Miley-Dyer in the Women’s divison, were responsible for earning Australia Gold after a two-year absence from the top spot of the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games.

Experienced Coach Martin Dunn commented about the key to this year’s win: "This year we brought a mixture of experienced surfers and young guys from the Pro Junior Series. This proves that Australia has great talent in every level; athletes who can perform under pressure."

Argentina's Santiago Muniz, earning himself the Men's title. Photo: Rommel

On the Men’s side, Argentina’s Santiago Muñiz took out Mick Campbell, Thomas Woods, and Ian Gouveia to become the new ISA Men World Champion, while Cannelle Bulard lead the Women’s division. Cannelle Bulard, who also won the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship just a month ago, took out former World Champion Sofía Mulanovich, former ISA Junior World Champion Jessi Miley-Dyer and Dimity Stoyle to earn herself (and France) the Championship.

"I can't believe it; it's like a dream," said Bulard. "Doing this for the French National Team is amazing. We are not going to be together at the top [Gold Medal] of the podium as a team, but it is great. I would like to thank all my family and friends--I can't wait to go home and celebrate with all of them."

Cannelle Bulard, ISA World Games Women's Champ. Photo: Rommel

As for the longboarders, 15 years after the last Team USA Longboard Gold Medal (Geoff Moysa in 1996), Tony Silvagni made history for his country today with a convincing victory in a highly competitive Final. In 2009, Silvagni won the Copper Medal in Costa Rica. Today, he showed great improvement by taking home the Gold. "I stayed focused the whole contest, listening to everything my coach had to say--that was key,” said Silvagni. “This is the best win of my entire life. I've being training hard, surfing every single day, and I'm very, very happy. I want to say thanks to everyone from the United States, as well as my mom, my whole family and friends for their support. This is great!"

America's Tony Silvagni, atop the podium for the Longboard division. Photo: Rommel

Once the event was over, the closing ceremony took place. It was honored with the presence of Panama's President, Ricardo Martinelli who welcomed everybody and invited the world to come to Panama, to surf and enjoy its excellent waves. ISA President Fernando Aguerre did not attend, as he is in California recovering from a surfing injury. From home in a recorded message, he stated, "The ISA is very proud of this event, and we hold our belief that Panama will invite us here again in the near future, because Panama has a very important role to play in the future of surfing . With thousands and thousands of miles of coastline, a beautiful landscape and an amazing amount of waves, most of which are still unexplored, Panama offers paradise in a world in which paradise seems to be lost at times."

With another edition of the annual Billabong ISA World Surfing Games successfully compete, the ISA looks forward to announcing the location of the premiere world team surfing event for 2012. –Pablo Zanocchi

Final Men Results
Gold: Santiago Muñiz (ARG)
Silver: Mick Campbell (AUS)
Bronze: Thomas Woods (AUS)
Copper: Ian Gouveia (BRA)

Final Women Results
Gold: Cannelle Bulard (FRA)
Silver: Sofía Mulanovich (PER)
Bronze: Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)
Copper: Dimity Stoyle (AUS)

Final Longboard Results
Gold: Tony Silvagni (USA)
Silver: Harley Ingleby (AUS)
Bronze: Piccolo Clemente (PER)
Copper: Antoine Delpero (FRA)

Final Team Standings
1. Australia - 15000
2. Brazil - 12132
3. France - 11816
4. Argentina -11312
5. Peru - 10930
6. Venezuela-10342
7. South Africa - 10008
8. USA - 96796
9. New Zealand -7816
10-Ecuador - 7740
11. Costa Rica -7696
12. Tahiti- 7575
13. Mexico- 6618
14. Puerto Rico - 6606
15. Uruguay - 6466
16. Panama – 6126
17. El salvador – 5568
18. Switzerland - 5328
19. Guatemala - 4595
20. Japan-4080
21. Nicaragua - 3516
22. Chile - 2832
23. Israel - 2436
24. Colombia - 1920
25. Jamaica - 1440
26. Canada- 1296
27. Ireland - 540