France wins the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games

May 29, 2017 | Surfing
Pauline Ado and Johanne Defay: gold and silver medalists at the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games | Photo: ISA

Team France won their first-ever ISA World Surfing Games, at Grande Plage, in Biarritz.

The French surfers dominated the competition held in home waters and claimed the top spot thanks to the gold and silver medals conquered by Pauline Ado and Johanne Defay in the Open Women's division.

"I am so happy to win here in France. I've competed in this event four times, and this was my first final. It's the perfect timing for this gold medal to come in France in front of my family, friends, and all those who came here to support me," expressed Ado.

However, in the Open Men's category, the surprise came from Latin America. Eighteen-year-old Jhony Corzo, from Mexico, defeated a European trio comprised of Joan Duru, Pedro Henrique, and Jonathan González.

"It's an amazing feeling to be crowned world champion! I don't have words for it. This is something that I wanted ever since I was young and started surfing. This is my first time competing in the ISA World Surfing Games, and I got the gold. It's a dream come true," added Corzo.

France also won the Aloha Cup, a tag-team style competition featuring four men and one woman on each team. In the overall rankings, the French surfing team took gold, followed by Portugal with silver, Spain with bronze, and Mexico with copper. 

2017 ISA World Surfing Games | Medals

1. Jhony Corzo (MEX)
2. Joan Duru (FRA)
3. Pedro Henrique (POR)
4. Jonathan Gonzalez (ESP)

1. Pauline Ado (FRA)
2. Johanne Defay (FRA)
3. Leilani McGonagle (CRC)
4. Bianca Buitendag (RSA)

Team Rankings
1. France (Gold)
2. Portugal (Silver)
3. Spain (Bronze)
4. Mexico (Copper)
5. Japan
6. Peru
7. USA
8. Brazil
9. Costa Rica
10. South Africa