Peru grabs team gold in ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica

Peru won the team gold medal at the finals of the week-long World Surfing Games at the Pacific coastal resort town of Jaco, Costa Rica, on August 14.

Peru’s victory has been the second in the past three years, after picking up the top prize in Peru in 2014.

Argentina’s Leandro Usuna won the men’s individual gold, and Tia Blanco from the U.S. pocketed the women’s individual gold for the second year running.

(Soundbite) LEANDRO USUNA, Men’s Individual Gold Winner
“The truth is that every day was very intense. There has been a lot of emotion. It has been a long week with competitions and nerves. Now, there is finally a little rest. I can enjoy not only with the compatriots of my country, but also with all surfers, because we are all surfers, and we like the sea, the water and the surf culture.”

Surfers from 27 countries competed in the event run by the International Surfing Association (ISA).

(Soundbite) FRANCISCO BELLORIN, Venezuelan Surfer
“Super excited! We play the drums until they were broken. Imagine that energy! It is also a surprise that before this World Surfing Games, they voted that surf will be 100% included in the Olympics. We will enjoy this next Olympics. We will go for the gold. Let’s go, Venezuela!”

This has been the first ISA tournament since the International Olympic Committee earlier this month included surfing as one of five new sports to be part of the next Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

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