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Health scare hampers Mono’s tilt to make it three world titles in a row

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Mark ‘ Mono’ Stewart won silver at the 2018 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surf Championships in San Diego, USA. Photo supplied.

Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart has overcame a health scare to win silver at the 2018 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surf Championships in San Diego, USA.

After his quarterfinal Mono lost feeling in his arms and passed out on the beach. Paramedics took him to hospital where things seemed to return to normal. He released himself headed back to the beach to surf, and win, the semifinal, then he headed back to hospital for more tests.

If he had won this would have been his third world title in a row.

‘They think I may have surfers myopothy,’ Mono said from LAX airport.

‘They wanted to do MRI, bloods etc but I refused, ditched the gown and signed myself out so I could surf in the final the next day. Doctors and Deb werent happy!

‘Feeling like crap but putting on a brave face for the ISA, I surfed the final.

‘Started good and led for majority but couldn’t find a backup wave in inconsistent conditions.

‘Pretty pissed off with myself as I hadn’t lost a heat all contest and really wanted that third World Title.

‘Anyway, shit happens and Silver it is! Next year I’ll be back hungrier than ever. Just need to sort this health issue.

‘It was an amazing week of great surf, ranging from 0.7 – 1.5 metres. The Australian Team all performed well, taking medals and personal bests.


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