Press Release from the International Surfing Association
December 11, 2016
On the historic final day of the 2016 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship presented by Vissla and the City of San Diego, Team Brazil emerged victorious and was crowned the first-ever Adaptive Surfing World Team Champion. The host Team USA earned the Silver Medal, with Chile and Australia respectively earning the Bronze and Copper Medals.
Three of the four Gold Medalists in the inaugural edition in 2015 defended their titles. Brazil’s Fellipe Lima (AS-3, Upright), Denmark’s Bruno Hansen (AS-4, Prone) and Australia’s Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart (AS-2, Stand/Kneel) repeated their feats from 2015 and earned their second Gold Medals. Spain’s Aitor Francesena (AS-VI, Visually Impaired), Brazil’s Davi Teixeira (AS-5, Assist) and South Africa’s Antony Smyth (AS-1, Stand/Kneel) were the first-time Gold Medalists on this ground-breaking day of Adaptive Surfing.
“This was an incredible finish to a monumental week of competition for the sport of Adaptive Surfing,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “Throughout these four days we witnessed the sport grow and develop leaps and bounds. The six World Champions, the 77 athletes, the 22 countries and Team Brazil’s Gold Medal performance will forever be a part of the history of Adaptive Surfing.”
“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, which is what we accomplished this week.”
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