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Silver for Hoffman, copper for SA in China

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Tanika Hoffman clinched a memorable silver medal for placing second in the women’s division as the South African surfing team finished fourth in the ISA China Cup at Riyue Bay in Wanning, on Hainan Island in the South China Sea earlier on Tuesday.

The invitational event, which featured the top seven ISA surfing nations plus a team from hosts China for the first time, ended in small thigh to waist high waves and rainy conditions.
Hoffman, one of the country’s most experienced female surfing competitors, earned a well deserved first medal in her sixth appearance in national team colours. She marched undefeated directly from Round One into the Grand Final in China and led the decider for the first 20 minutes, but struggled to find a high-scoring backup wave and slipped to second place behind Milushka Tello (Peru) in the dying moments of the encounter.
In the men’s division, Michael February was the best SA performer. The Kommetjie resident reached Round Three of the Qualifying stream before being relegated to the Repercharge rounds. There he survived one further round before being ousted in seventh position overall.
Faye Zoetmulder was the next best South African, placing equal ninth in the Women’s division. Casey Grant finished his campaign in equal 15th place, Dylan Lightfoot was equal 17th and David Brand ended equal 21st.
With strong performances on both the men and women’s side, Peru won the Team gold medal and the ISA China Cup Team Trophy. Australia placed a close second, earning the silver medal, Brazil won the bronze medal and South Africa took the copper medal.

Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales


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