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

Smileys by bicycle in Slovenia

first_imgWritten by Cindy Potter, a Geocaching HQ EmployeeGeocaching inspires adventure. Last summer, my family commenced on a cycling and geocaching adventure through Slovenia. On our two week journey, we biked 200 kilometers — from the capital, Ljubljana to the coastal city of Piran.Why Slovenia? As a Geocaching HQ staffer, I meet adventurers from all over the world. It’s one of the wonderful perks of my job! A couple years ago, icabrian, a community volunteer translator from Slovenia, visited us at Geocaching HQ. He is a terrific ambassador for his country, and encouraged HQ staffers to visit Slovenia. SharePrint RelatedCarrying Frogs to SafetyMay 14, 2018In “Community”Terezin Games Mega-EventJune 6, 2014In “Community”I FEEL sLOVEnia: Brand New Geocaching Country Souvenir for SloveniaNovember 16, 2015In “Community” Where is Slovenia? It’s nestled in a beautiful area of the world — bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia. It is formerly part of Yugoslavia and should not be confused with Slovakia!I didn’t think too much about the invitation, until a local geocacher told me that his children loved the caves of Slovenia. What?! Slovenia has caves? Some of the biggest and most spectacular caves in the world? At that point, my family was sold on the idea.Summer evening chat — GC6JKR9Before embarking on our geobiking adventure, we had a few days to explore the capital and more mountainous regions of Slovenia and to attend a geocaching event that was planned to welcome us to the country.The event was sponsored by the Slovenian Geocaching Club. The club is extremely active in hosting events, sharing information on their blog and social media pages, and welcoming new geocachers. They are really proud of the No Borders Event they co-hosted with the Croatian Geocaching Association last October. Slovenian and Croatian geocachers competed cooperatively in geocaching games, breaking down borders and making new friends along the way.Frau Potter and icabrianTips for making our adventure a success came from icabrian, the president of the Slovenian Geocaching Club. Through icabrian, we learned that Slovenia has a unique karst geology. Karst landscapes are made up of dissolvable rock such as limestone, that easily forms sinkholes and caves. Fun fact: Slovenia is home to more than 8,000 caves!Highlights from the seven-day trip were exploring caves at Predjama Castle, Divaška jama / Divaca Cave, and Skocjan Cave. My personal favorite was Predjama Castle, the largest cave castle in the world. Exploring caves gave a cool break from bicycling!Exploring Predjama castle and cave — GCKBT8At the end of our trip, we reached the Adriatic Sea, and enjoyed our first swim in the salty sea. Although it was the end of our journey, we knew we would enjoy more bicycle trips in our future. I hope our family adventure inspires you to dust off your bicycle, and consider a summer geobiking adventure of your own!We made it to the Adriatic Sea!Helpful Resources for  those who want to recreate this adventure:List of geocaches foundMap of found geocaches Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more