USA wins the 2009 ISA World Surfing Games 

It was a fitting end to an event steeped in a mix of camaraderie and tough competition as Team USA took the overall gold medal today over Team France at the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games presented by Monster Energy in Costa Rica. It was the first time that the Americans have won an overall gold medal in since the 1996 World Surfing Games in Huntington Beach, California.

From the opening heats of the Games at Playa Hermosa that began eight days ago, Team USA appeared committed and focused, as they competed against 34 other teams for a spot on the podium. With the final day of competition looming overhead, Team USA stood firm and was able to place five or their eight team members into the three finals, hence becoming the team to beat.

The team was led by Ian Cairns who assumed the position as Coach less than one month ago. "We had good surfers and what we did was to stay very concentrated,” said a low-key Cairns. “This is a long event and it was very important to preserve your energy.”

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Daniel Ross conquers the Relentless Boardmasters at Newquay 

Daniel Ross (New South Wales, AUS), 26, has clinched the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 5-Star Relentless Boardmasters in association with Vans today at Newquay in England, after besting fellow finalist and underdog Txaber Trojaola (Bakio, EUK), 2,3 in an exciting thirty-minute decider. Ross, who finished atop the 96-man field of international competitors after posting several of the event’s best scores throughout the four-day competition, grabs valuable 2000 ratings’ points to virtually seal the deal and qualify for the 2010 ASP World Tour with a record 14 975 points after his win.

Ross, who surfed his way through two heats today to reach the final of England’s biggest professional surfing event, was unstoppable in the final encounter of the 2009 edition, the Australian native taking control of proceedings with a combination of 14.17 points halfway through the heat leaving outsider Trojaola in the chase of a desperate come-back for more than fifteen minutes.

“It’s a pretty incredible feeling right now,” Ross said. “It’s such a good year already and it’s got even better today so I guess that by putting everything together and doing the things I do, it’s paid off and it’s great. I am not sure what I am doing next, I haven’t been home at all this year and that result will make me think about my schedule.”

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Jeremy Flores 

Under a growing swell and with water temps resembling that of a jacuzzi, the international contingency of some of the world’s best surfers congregated at Costa Rica’s Playa Hermosa for the sixth day of the Billabong ISA World Games fueled by Monster Energy today.

Team USA, who has been trying since 1996 to regain the gold medal in the Overall Team Standings, made a huge step today by keeping all of their remaining surfers alive.

The partial Overall Team Standings show a strong USA lead. The current top five nations are:
1º - USA - 19080 points
2º - Hawaii – 16960 points
3º - Australia – 16720 points
4º - South Africa -15040 points
5º - France -14040 points
Note: The above points show the potential maximum that each team can achieve. The final scores will be always lower

The morning rounds of competition bore witness to a low tide and a growing swell that produced some very contestable conditions as Hawaii’s Joel Centeio opened the day with a blistering performance, earning himself a win in his Open Men Round 4 heat against New Zealander Jay Quinn, Aussie Dayyan Neve and Brazil’s Gabriel Medina. Centeio, a seasoned competitor from the island of Oahu, has edged Team Hawaii closer to a solid standing. Going into day six, both Australia and the USA were tied for first while Hawaii held fast in third.

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