Shakira Westdorp & Luiz Diniz take down ISA SUP Surfing World Championships in China

Starboard Shakira Westdorp ISA World SUP Surfing Championships
Starboard Shakira Westdorp ISA World SUP Surfing Championships in China
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Australian powerhouse Shakira Westdorp and Brazil’s Luiz Diniz both reclaim the gold medal for their respective countries in back-to-back wins for the ISA World SUP Surfing Championships.

Shakira Westdorp Starboard ISA World Championship China
Athletes were gifted with a solid swell to showcase the action in Hainan, China this weekend. Shakira Westdorp shows her ferocious side. Photo by: Pablo Jimenez / ISA World Championships

Women’s ISA SUP Surfing Fight to the Top

Westdorp fought her way through the rounds, clawing her way back to the top after being knocked out in an early heat. The raging Aussie reasserted her dominance through the repecharge  to arrive in the Final Round against the formidable Iballa Moreno of Spain.  These two women, no strangers in combat but friends in real life, electrified the crowd as they challenged each other wave after wave.

As always, the best part of the performance when Westdorp is around is her intense joy upon hearing her name announced as 1st place finisher.  Watching her reaction is like reliving Mia Ham all over again redefining how women celebrate victory.

Shakira Wesdorp Starboard win ISA World
Unbelievable stoke: If it’s a question of how badly you want it, Westdorp takes the crown. Photo by: Pablo Jimenez / ISA World Championships

Westdorp Wins for Australia

This ISA World Championship is Westdorp’s 3X win, putting her in a league of her own in the history of ISA SUP Surfing.

“I am so stoked to win,” said an emotional Westdorp. “I had to go the long way through the repecharge, but it paid off in the end.”

Iballa Ruano Moreno ISA World Championships
Always a mighty and courageous competitor, Iballa pulled out all the stops to put Westdorp’s charge on hold. It will be something to watch these two ladies meet again in 2 weeks time in Gran Canaria! Photo by: Pablo Jimenez/ISA World Championships

Athletes to Clash Again at final stop on APP World Tour

Morell0 & Westdorp, both fierce competitors, will meet again in 2 weeks time as the athletes reconvene in Morello’s home territory on the Canary Island’s for the final stop of the APP World Tour.  So, if you missed the action in China, stay tuned for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on December 11th-20th, 2018!

You can watch the LIVE ACTION at:

Brazil Luiz Diniz ISA World Championships
Diniz fires on all pistons to pull off his 2nd consecutive ISA World SUP Championship win. Photo by: Sean Evans/ISA World Championships

Luiz Diniz on fire in the Men’s Final Round

For the Men’s ISA SUP Surfing Championship, it was Luiz Diniz of Brazil who scored a 9.5 wave in the final seconds to edge out Australia’s Harry Maskel for the win.  This was Diniz’ second ISA World Title and earns him a spot in the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru to make its debut in the year ahead.

“I am so happy to win the Gold Medal two times, ” says Diniz of his 2X win here at the ISA World Championships. “I want to thank my family and friends for making this possible.”

Harry Maskel ISA World Championships
Australia’s Harry Maskel wanted that double-Aussie win, but he was edged out in those last moments of the Final Round with a fiery performance by Diniz. Photo by: Pablo Jimenez/ ISA World Championships

Men’s Top 4:  ISA SUP Surfing Champs

Following Diniz in the Men’s Final were Harry Maskel, winning his second silver medal, Brazil’s Caio Vaz winning bronze and Spain’s 17-year-old fire breathing dragon Juan de los Ryes with the copper.

Luiz Diniz ISA World Champion
Celebrating a hard won victory in China: Luiz Diniz. Photo by: Pablo Jimenez / ISA World Championship

Women’s Top 4:  2018 ISA SUP Surfing Champions

In the Women’s Final, Spain’s Iballa Ruano Moreno claimed her silver, New Zealand’s Stella Smith won the bronze and Japan’s Yuuka Horikoshi took home the copper.

The United States’ top performing female was Candice Appleby, earning her a spot in the 2019 Pan American Games as well.

Candice Appleby ISA sup surf Hainan China
As top USA female performer, Candice earns her seat in the 2019 Pan American Games Photo by: Pablo Jimenez / ISA World Championships

ISA turns attention to SUP Racing next

ISA President Fernando Aguerre honors the athletes and looks ahead to the next competition in China later this week to round out the 2018 ISA World Championship games.

“Now that the SUP surfers have got the competition off to an excellent start, we shift gears towards the SUP and Paddleboard Technical Racing where the world’s best will vie for titles. The best of the best are here in Riyue Bay and eager to make their countries proud with a Gold Medal.”

Watch the LIVE FEED of ISA SUP Racing Championships at:

The Final Events for this year’s ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships include the SUP Racing Technical Courses on Tuesday, November 27th in Riyue Bay and the Sprint and Distance Races at the Shenzhou Peninsula in China.

The Remaining Event Schedule is as Follows*

Riyue Bay
November 27 – Technical Races
November 28 – Technical Races
November 29 – Lay day

Shenzhou Peninsula
November 30 – Sprint Races
December 1 – Distance Races
December 2 – Relay Races, Closing Ceremony

*All times in local time (GMT +8). Schedule subject to change.

France’s Benoit Carpentier looking for an edge into that Final Round. Photo by: Sean Evans / ISA World Championship

Here’s your recap:  SUP Surf World Champions

2018 ISA SUP Surfing Winners
Women’s Crowns:
Gold – Shakira Westdorp (AUS)
Silver – Iballa Ruano Moreno (ESP)
Bronze – Stella Smith (NZL)
Copper – Yuuka Horikoshi (JPN)

Men’s Crowns:
Gold – Luiz Diniz (BRA)
Silver – Harry Maskell (AUS)
Bronze – Caio Vaz (BRA)
Copper – Juan de los Reyes (ESP)

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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.