Simone Robb was crowned the 2013 ISA Women's World Longboard Surfing Champion as South Africa claimed the silver medal in the team standings at the ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships in Huanchaco, Peru on the weekend.
Robb, a multiple South African surfing champion and mother of two from Kommetjie, went undefeated throughout the entire event and posted the highest scores in the Women's Division, including the final, where her long opening ride earned the heat's highest score of 8.17 out of 10 and ultimately the gold medal.
"I started up with a bang! I got the first wave of the heat, which was an eight, and I was really lucky to get that one," said Robb in her post-heat interview.
"It's really cool to be the first female ISA World Longboard champion. I'm really happy. My kids will wear my medal when I get back home.
"This event was amazing and the other women were so nice to compete against. They were all are really friendly."
Robb's victory, combined with copper medals (fourth place) by Thomas King and Ethan Pentz in their finals and a ninth place in the Men's Division by Justin Bing, the fourth team member, were sufficient to earn Team South Africa the silver medal behind France whose Antoine Delpero won Men's gold with Martin Coret taking silver in the Juniors (U18) and Justine Dupont bronze in the Women's Division.
King, attending his first ISA World Championship event, surfed flawlessly through the five rounds of the Men's Division to advance directly into the Grand Final without dropping into the repecharge rounds.
He started the final with an outstanding 9.0 score on the first wave, but struggled to find a decent back-up score and was eventually overhauled by 2009 ISA World Longboard champ Delpero, European champ Ben Skinnner (GBR) and former ASP World Longboard champ Phil Rajzman (Bra).
Pentz, the 2013 South African Junior Longboard champ, advanced to round three of the Junior Division, where he slipped to third place before winning the repecharge final to gain entry into the Grand Final.
The teenager from Kalk Bay could not find a wave with scoring potential in the final despite recording 10 rides, five more than his opponents, but was no doubt elated with a medal in his first international event.
In a major success for gender equality, the Junior gold medal was won by Honolua Blomfeld, a 14 year-old girl from Hawaii, who totally dominated the division by winning every heat she contested to finish ahead of Martin Coret (Fra), Ciao Santana (Bra) and Pentz.
Bing, a former South African champion and national team member in both longboard surfing and stand up paddling (SUP), slipped into the repecharge rounds on day one in Peru and despite progressing through five cutthroat rounds was ultimately eliminated in round six, to finish equal ninth overall.
France: 4 810, Gold Medal
South Africa: 4 010, Silver Medal
Hawaii: 3 726, Bronze Medal
Brazil: 3 618, Copper Medal
Great Britain: 3 478
Peru: 3 441
USA: 3 136
Argentina: 2 993
Venezuela: 2 783
Australia: 2 636
New Zealand: 2 500
Ecuador: 2 425
Uruguay: 1 855
Dominican Republic: 1 745
Japan: 1 735
Mexico: 1 546
Costa Rica: 1 380
Puerto Rico: 1 320
Italy: 1 170