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Shakira Westdorp and Luiz Diniz Are the 2018 SUP Surfing World Champs

Australia’s Shakira Westdorp and Brazil’s Luiz Diniz both repeated as SUP Surfing World Champions at the 2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Wanning, China. Westdorp’s Gold Medal performance was an unprecedented third in a row, putting her in a league of her own in the history of ISA SUP Surfing.

“I am so stoked to win,” said an emotional Westdorp. “I had to go the long way through the Repechage, but it paid off in the end. It’s great points for our team to earn this Gold. As captain, this is my goal to get us off to a great start.”

Diniz earned an incredible 9.5 score in the final moments of the Men’s Final to earn his second consecutive title and a spot in the SUP Surfing competition at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, where SUP Surfing and Racing are set to make their debut.

“I am so happy to win the Gold Medal two times,” said Diniz. “I want to thank my family and friends for making this possible.”

Following Diniz in the Men’s Final were Australia’s Harry Maskell, earning his second consecutive Silver Medal, Brazil’s Caio Vaz with the Bronze, and Spain’s 17-year-old phenom Juan de los Reyes with the Copper.
On the final day of competition in Wanning, Riyue Bay continued to provide excellent left-hand waves for the world’s best SUP surfers. After a morning of Main Event and Repechage heats, the Women’s final ran to crown the first World Champion of the event.

In the Women’s Final, Spain’s Iballa Ruano Moreno earned the Silver, New Zealand’s Stella Smith the Bronze, and Japan’s Yuuka Horikoshi the Copper. Team Australia, Spain and Brazil all finished the day with two athletes on the podium. Candice Appleby (USA) was the top performing woman, which earned her a spot in StandUp Paddle’s debut at the 2019 Pan American Games.