- 13 May 2013 | Surfing
Shaun Joubert has taken the gold medal at the 2013 ISA World Surfing Games and led South Africa to the overall team victory.
In the last day, the waves of the Santa Catalina reef break, in Panama, delivered intense action and adrenaline. With powerful turns and aerial tactics, Joubert earned the gold medal and wrote history for South Africa.
"I really enjoyed the waves in Panama, we had amazing waves all the event. It's nice to come as a team and actually be at the beach cheering the other guys and you want your team to do well", said Joubert.
"It's fun to see all the flags and people from other countries; it's a special event". South Africans are now the winners of the Fernando Aguerre World Team Champion Trophy and raised the "Copa V Centenario Del Descubrimiento Del Oceano Pacifico" title.
The Open Women's final featured Australia's Dimity Stoyle, teammate Klein, New Zealand's Ella Williams and Brazil's Suelen Naraisa.
Stoyle was in third place until in the last few minutes of the heat, when she posted the heat's highest single wave score of 9.50, to take the lead and the Gold Medal.
In second place, earning the silver medal was Klein, followed by Suelen Naraisa earning the bronze medal, and Ella Williams with the copper medal.
"It is a such an honor to be on the Australian Team; it means everything to all of us. We came here and we just wanted to do it for the team more than for ourselves", added Stoyle.
The local surf star, "Oli", made history by being the first Panamanian to win a medal in the ISA World Surfing Games.
2013 ISA World Surfing Games Results:
1. South Africa - 11,102 points
2. Australia - 10,332 points
3. Peru - 9,636 points
4. Brazil - 9,146 points
5. Panama - 7,946 points
Shaun Joubert (RSA), Gold Medal
Jean Carlos "Oli" Gonzalez (PAN), Silver Medal
Cristobal de Col (PER), Bronze Medal
Russell Molony (AUS), Copper Medal
Dimity Stoyle (AUS), Gold Medal
Codie Klein (AUS), Silver Medal
Suelen Naraisa (BRA), Bronze Medal
Ella Williams (NZL), Copper Medal