South Africa emerged triumphant at the 2002 Quiksilver ISA World Surfing Games at North Beach in Durban today (Sunday), claiming the prestigious IOC President’s Trophy for the first time since re-admittance to the ISA fold in1992 and 24 years since the country’s only previous victory in East Londonin 1978.

South Africans also claimed the titles in the two biggest disciplines contested at the event when North Beach locals Travis Logie and WarwickWright earned career best accolades by capturing the gold medals in the openand junior (U/18) men’s surfing respectively, results that contributedhandsomely to the team’s victory.

The Quiksilver SA team, comprising 15 wave-riders in seven disciplines, accumulated 27 266 points in winning the 2002 ISA world champion team award,almost 4000 points ahead of runners-up Australia with defending championsBrazil only 190 points further back in third place this year.

Both Australia and Brazil matched South Africa’s two gold medals. The Aussies’ pair came in the women’s surfing through Chelsea Georgeson and KyleBryant in the kneeboard while the Brazilians earned theirs through NeimaraCarvalho in the women’s bodyboard and Marcelo Freitas in longboard, with themen’s bodyboard gold going to Nicholas Capdeville from France.

The crowds that flocked to North Beach for the finals of the nine day ‘Olympics’ of surfing were treated to world class performances in theexcellent overhead waves that poured through all day. The highlight was anear perfect 9.87 point ride by junior men’s runner-up Ricky Basnett (SAfr)who performed one radical manoeuvre after another on a wave that broke fromoutside the pier right across the bay.