SA surfers second at ISA World Masters

first_imgGrand Kahunas (over-50) Gold: Chris Knutsen (RSA) Silver: Craig Schieber (CRC) Bronze: Allen Sarlo (USA) Copper: Eric Graciet (Fra) Solidifying his lead with rides of 7.50 and 6.60, Emslie then sealed his first World Title since he won the ISA World Grommet Championships back in 1994 by posting an outstanding 9.63 on his last ride, which included a spectacular gravity-defying floater over the lip of an overhead wave. That left his opponents in a combination situation where they needed to improve on both their scores to overtake him when the siren to end the heat sounded. RESULTS 16 April 2013 After Garcia had clinched the Grand Masters (over-40) title for Hawaii with a typically powerful performance in the only age category final where Team SA was not represented, Andre Malherbe bolstered Team SA’s charge up the team leaderboard with a great display in the Kahunas (over-45) division. Team SA staged a magnificent fightback at the business end of the event, which featured 20 national teams and more than 120 surfers over the age of 35, by climbing from fifth place in the team standings heading into the final weekend up to second, passing the powerful USA, Brazil and Australian squads to secure the silver medal in the team event. Chris Knutsen got Team SA off to the best possible start on the final day by racking up the best score of the Grand Kahuna (over-50) final, a 7.67, on his first ride. Emslie was the standout surfer at the event, going unbeaten throughout and posting a string of the highest single ride and heat scores, including a near perfect 19.46 out of 20 in the final of the Masters (over-35) division where he was up against 2000 ASP world champion Sunny Garcia, fellow Hawaiian and ASP campaigner Kalani Robb and defending ISA Masters world champ Magnum Martinez (Venezuela). Masters (over-35) Gold: Greg Emslie (RSA) Silver: Kalani Robb (Haw) Bronze: Magnum Martinez (Ven) Copper: Sunny Garcia (Haw) All four competitors struggled to find long rides as the dropping tide caused the waves to break in sections, but Malherbe took the lead at the halfway mark before being overtaken by Mike Latronic (Hawaii) in the dying minutes to secure the silver medal to add to his haul of a bronze and a copper at previous ISA Masters events. Grand Masters (over-40) Gold: Sunny Garcia (Haw) Silver: Marcelo Alves (Bra) Bronze: Love Hodel (Haw) Copper: Dean Randazzo (USA) Clark, the only South African surfer to win the prestigious Hawaiian Triple Crown back in 2000, proceeded to catch the biggest waves and deliver huge manoeuvres, racking up scores of 4.93 and 7.50 and 6.17 to hold the lead for several minutes. However, Beachley, the world’s most successful female surfer and Australia’s only individual medal winner, was not to be denied and posted an excellent 8.53 at the halfway mark to grab the gold medal. Clark briefly dropped to third place before earning a 6.17 that added another silver to her tally of two golds and a silver.center_img SAinfo reporter Women Masters (over-35) Gold: Layne Beachley (Aus) Silver: Heather Clark (RSA) Bronze: Andrea Lopes (Bra) Copper: Rochelle Ballard (Haw) UndauntedHeather Clark, who like Knutsen had battled her way through the repercharge rounds to reach the women’s masters (over-35) final, was undaunted by facing a stellar, all ASP World tour line-up including seven-time world champ Layne Beachley (Australia), Rochelle Ballard (Hawaii) and Andrea Lopes (Brazil). Country Final Standings Greg Emslie and Chris Knutsen won gold medals and Andre Malherbe and Heather Clark picked up silver as South Africa finished runners-up to Hawaii at the 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship, which ended in Montanita, Ecuador on Sunday. 1. Hawaii 10 844 points2. South Africa 8 976 3. USA 8 165 4. Brazil 8 087 5. Australia 7 882 6. Argentina 6 360 7. Venezuela 6 357 8. Peru 6 133 9. Costa Rica 6 055 10. France 6 011 11. Japan 5 955 12. Ecuador 5 580 13. Puerto Rico 5 436 14. Uruguay 4 690 15. Chile 4 675 16. Spain 4 515 17. Mexico 2 716 18. Dominican Republic 1 375 19. Panama 1 110 20. Great Britain 720 PerfectEmslie started slowly in the inconsistent overhead surf for the final before finding a well-shaped wave on which he produced the ride of the event, vaulting from fourth place into the heat lead by executing a seamless series of powerful, progressive manoeuvres that earned perfect 10-point scores from three of the judges and high nines from the other two, averaging out at 9.83. Team Gold: Hawaii (Winners of Eduardo Arena Team Trophy) Silver: South Africa Bronze: USA Copper: Brazil ExceptionalFive minutes later the “Old Fox” showed his exceptional wave selection skills by cementing his third Grand Kahuna gold medal and his fourth ISA Masters gold overall with a 7.50, giving him a heat tally of 15.25 that defending champion Craig Schieber (Costa Rica), Alan Sarlo (USA) and Eric Graciet (FRA) could not match. Kahunas (over-45) Gold: Mike Latronic (Haw) Silver: Andre Malherbe (RSA) Bronze: Jojo De Olivenca (Bra) Copper: Ricky Shaffer (USA) Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

No. 1 Tennessee beats Florida for 18th straight win

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “I appreciate how hard they’ve competed,” Barnes said. “I appreciate the fact they do want to get better, and we can get better. I think they believe, like our coaching staff, that our best basketball’s ahead of us. It’s not going to be easy, but they’re competitive. Where we are, they deserve the credit.” LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Tennessee’s winning streak includes a 78-67 victory at Florida on Jan. 12. Immediately after that game ended, all five Tennessee players on the floor performed a ”Gator chomp ” in a mock version of the cheer favored by Florida fans. Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield said at the time the Vols were responding to “disrespectful” and “inhumane” comments Florida fans had made during the game.This time, Tennessee’s players had a more muted celebration but fans started doing the Gator chomp in the final minute and continued it as the final horn sounded.“Poetic justice,” said Schofield, one of four Tennessee players to score in double figures. “At the same time, it’s all in good fun. A deep rivalry, but many years of tough, hard-fought football games, tough basketball games. At the end of the day, I think a lot of people just enjoy the intensity of our rivalry with Florida.”Florida (12-11, 4-6) lost its third straight and fourth in its last five games.“They’re the best team in the country,” Florida coach Michael White said. “They’re equally as good defensively as they are offensively.”ADVERTISEMENT Schofield scored 14 points, Jordan Bowden had 13 and Jordan Bone added 10 for Tennessee. Noah Locke scored 17, Jalen Hudson had 15 and KeVaughn Allen added 11 for Florida.Tennessee led by as many as 16 late in the first half before Florida rallied to get within 36-30 at the intermission.Florida cut Tennessee’s lead to 40-36 with 17:37 left, but Tennessee answered with a 12-2 run that included consecutive 3-pointers from Lamonte’ Turner. After Florida scored seven straight points to get the margin down to seven, Tennessee responded with a 9-0 run that featured another Turner 3-pointer plus two dunks from Schofield.Schofield said after the game that the Vols responded to the way Barnes had challenged them.“Winning isn’t what it’s about,” Schofield said. “That’s not why we got into the game of basketball. Competing is why we got into the game of basketball. That’s what we love about basketball. This week we’ve been doing a lot more competitive drills… just really getting the juices focusing and it really helped us really refocus on why we started playing this game.“When you’re winning so much and winning consecutively like this, you can get lost in it and little things become big things. We didn’t want that as a team. We had to get back to realizing why we even started paying this game — and that’s competing. Coach challenged us to just go out and compete tonight.”BIG PICTUREFlorida: The Gators are barely above .500 but entered this game 42nd in the NET rankings, indicating their postseason chances weren’t over yet. But three straight losses to Kentucky, Auburn and Tennessee have dealt a big blow to their hopes for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid. The Gators still have two games with No. 21 LSU plus road trips to Alabama and No. 5 Kentucky.Tennessee: The Vols have said for several weeks they must recapture the defensive intensity they showed last season. They’ve started showing that form lately. After playing outstanding defense Tuesday in a 72-60 victory over Missouri, the Vols held Florida to a total of three points for a stretch of over nine minutes Saturday.MEDICAL REPORT BEST VS. BESTTennessee entered the day leading the SEC in scoring (86.0) while Florida had the SEC’s top scoring defense (63.4). Tennessee ended up below its scoring average but still won that matchup by shooting 52.8 percent (28 of 53), including 59.3 percent (16 of 27) in the second half.UP NEXTFlorida hosts Vanderbilt on Wednesday.Tennessee hosts South Carolina on Wednesday. Tennessee guard Admiral Schofield (5) dunks the ball in front of Florida center Kevarrius Hayes (13) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 73-61. (AP photo/Wade Payne)KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s players resisted the temptation of staging a repeat performance of a postgame “Gator chomp” after their latest victory over Florida.The sellout crowd at Thompson-Boling Arena did it instead.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robert Whittaker out of fight against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grant Williams scored 16 points as the top-ranked Volunteers defeated Florida 73-61 on Saturday to extend their school-record winning streak to 18 games.Tennessee (22-1, 10-0 SEC) owns the longest active winning streak of any Division I team. This also marks the biggest winning streak of Rick Barnes’ 32-year head coaching career, surpassing the 17-game string that started Texas’ 2009-10 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Tennessee was playing without reserve swingman Yves Pons, who had suffered a facial injury while colliding with a teammate during Thursday’s practice.Barnes expressed optimism that Pons would return Wednesday against South Carolina. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Read Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View commentslast_img read more

Depleted Alab Pilipinas takes 1st home loss, yields top spot to Formosa

first_imgMiguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other MOST READ View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Back on track, Lady Maroons breathe sigh of relief ahead of 2nd round Miller finished with a game-high 27 points that went with eight rebounds and eight assists before he got ejected after getting involved in an altercation with Alab’s Josh Urbiztondo and Caelan Tiongson with under three minutes left.Artino had a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds with three blocks to boot.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Sorely missing the services of three of its injured key players in Renaldo Balkman, Lawrence Domingo and Brandon Rosser, Alab dropped its third game in a row to slip to second place with an 18-7 record.Formosa went on a 21-4 surge to take total control of the game and clinch its eighth consecutive victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMalcolm Miller, Will Artino and Tevin Glass combined for 73 points to power the Dreamers, who rose to first place with a half-game lead over Alab in the standings at 18-6.Ray Parks led the Philippine side with 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists on a night where he also moved to ninth place in the ABL all-time scoring list. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants LATEST STORIES Photo from ABLSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas on Sunday suffered its first home loss at the worst possible time.Alab yielded the top spot after losing to the surging Formosa Dreamers, 74-88, in the 2019 Asean Basketball League at Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Laguna.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Google Philippines names new country directorlast_img read more