Layne Beachley has won the Women’s Masters title at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship in Ecuador while TravelSIM Team Australian finished fifth in the overall teams’ result.
Held at Montanita from April 6–14, the championships attract 150 surfers 35 years and older from more than 20 nations competing in the Masters (Over 35), Grand Masters (Over 40), Kahuna (Over 45) and Grand Kahuna (Over 50) divisions. Beachley reclaimed the Over 35 title she won in 2011 after missing last year’s event.
In a tight final, Beachley (13.76) just edged South Africa’s Heather Clark (13.67) in second with Andrea Lopez (BRA, 12.96) and Rochelle Ballard (HAW, 11.60) in third and fourth. Beachley opened with an 8.53 to stay in front for much of the heat with Clark needing a 6.27 to take the lead. With under a minute remaining, Clark made a final attempt to snatch the lead but fell agonisingly short scoring a 6.17.
In the other divisions, the champions were Greg Emslie (ZAF, Over 35), Sunny Garcia (HAW, Over 40), Mike Latronic (HAW, Over 45) and Chris Knutsen (ZAF, Over 50). Garcia also contested the Over 35 final and finished fourth. TravelSIM Team Australia earlier won the Aloha Cup relay event ahead of Venezuela and Brazil. In the overall teams’ result, TravelSIM Team Australia finished behind champions Hawaii, South Africa, USA and Brazil.
Surfing Australia would like to recognise the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), TravelSIM and Suncorp for their continuing support of the Team Australia Program.
TravelSIM Team Australia Men’s Masters (Over 35)
Jake Spooner (Bulli, NSW)
Matt Clark (Wurtulla, QLD)
Men’s Grand Masters (Over 40)
Glen Pringle (Cronulla, NSW)
Scott Schindler (Sawtell, NSW)
Men’s Kahunas (Over 45)
Terry Landsberg (Currimundi, QLD)
Glen Valaire (Swansea, NSW)
Men’s Grand Kahunas (Over 50)
Charlie O’Sullivan (Woolgoolga, NSW)
Women’s Masters (Over 35)
Layne Beachley (Freshwater, NSW)