Brazil wins the 2016 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship

December 12, 2016 | Surfing
Davi Teixeira: he became a world adaptive surfing champion at 11 years of age | Photo: Grant/ISA

Team Brazil has conquered the 2016 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship, held at La Jolla Shores, in California.

The surfers from Brazil won two gold medals (Felipe Lima and Davi Teixeira), one silver medal (Elias Diel), and one bronze medal (Henrique Saraiva).

"To be crowned world champion has been a dream of mine my whole life and that dream has finally come true. I knew that this day would arrive, and it finally happened!" expressed 11-year-old charger Davi Teixeira, winner of the AS5 Assist division.

For the first in its history, the ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship crowned a visually impaired world surfing champion. And he comes from Spain.

“Anything is possible. We have to work with what we got, so this proves that with drive and passion you can do anything you set your mind to," underlined Aitor Francesena, the blind surfer from Zarautz.

Aitor Francesena: the first ever visually impaired world surfing champion | Photo: Grant/ISA

The event attracted 77 adaptive surfers from 22 countries. Fernando Aguerre, president of the International Surfing Association (ISA), believes that adaptive surfing has a great future ahead.

"This event has built upon the platform created in 2015 to launch the sport towards Paralympic inclusion. However, the Paralympics are not the final goal; they are the ultimate achievement. The final goal is to spread the joy of adaptive surfing around the globe," noted Aguerre.

Anthony Smiyth (AS1 Stand/KneeL), Mark Stewart (AS2 Stand/Kneel), and Bruno Hansen (AS4 Prone) were also crowned world adaptive surfing champions.

2016 ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship | Medallists

AS1 Stand/Kneel
1. Anthony Smiyth (RS)
2. Mike Coots (HAW)
3. JP Veaudry (RSA)
4. Kenjiro Ito (JPN)

AS2 Stand/Kneel
1. Mark Stewart (AUS)
2. Eric Dargent (FRA)
3. Henrique Saraiva (BRA)
4. Colin Cook (HAW)

AS3 Upright
1. Felipe Lima (BRA)
2. Jeff Munson (USA)
3. Chris Jones (GBR)
4. Elias Valencia (CHI)

AS4 Prone
1. Bruno Hansen (DEN)
2. Christian Bailey (USA)
3. Alvaro Bayona (SPA)
4. Mathius Hoogth (CRC)

AS5 Assist
1. Davi Teixeira (BRA)
2. Barney Miller (AUS)
3. Jesse Billauer (USA)
4. Pancho Arbulu (PER)

AS6 Visually Impaired
1. Aitor Francesena (SPA)
2. Elias Figue Diel (BRA)
3. Matt Formston (AUS)
4. Gwendal Du Fretay (FRA)

Overall Team Ranking

1. Brazil (5598)
2. USA (5109)
3. Chile (3912)
4. Australia (3783)
5. Hawaii (3755)
6. South Africa (3618)
7. France (3128)
8. Costa Rica (2595)
9. Great Britain (2295)
10. Spain (1730)
11. Canada (1726)
12. Italy (1335)
13. Japan (1225)
14. Peru (1170)
15. Denmark (1000)
16. Wales (610)
16. Colombia (610)
18. Argentina (583)
19. Norway (500)
20. Mexico (450)
20. Netherlands (450)
22. Czech Republic (390) uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.