The Spanish team finished in the second position in the general classification by countries of the SUP and Paddleboard World Cups, played the last week of November on the beach of El Sunzal in El Salvador, where they achieved a total of nine medals, after the bronze obtained by Iballa Ruano in SUP Surfing. Iballa Ruano Moreno. (c) ISA Ben Reed
A great performance by the Spanish team, which was only surpassed by the French team that took the gold medal in the overall competition, adding a total of 15,602 points, for the 13,405 of the Spanish. Third place went to the United States, which reached 12,992 points. Spain added a total of four golds, three silver, including the absolute general, and two bronze medals.
All this, after the last day, on Sunday, in which the finals of SUP Surfing competitions were played, where Ruano hung a new medal for Spain, this time in bronze. And is that the Canarian, in the final ended with 11.50 points, more than two gold, which was for the French Justine Dupont (13.83), and silver, for the Australian Shakira Westdorp (13.50).
Also very close to the medals was Guillermo Carracedo, who finished fifth, in the men’s event, won by the Frenchman Benoit Carpentier, after being on the threshold of playing in the final.
Guillermo Carracedo (c) ISA Ben Reed
These World Cups of the World Surfing Federation (ISA) once again demonstrated the high level of the Spanish SUP and paddleboard. It all started on the second day, last Monday, when Esperanza Barreras was proclaimed SUP world champion in the long-distance test, a medal that she repeated two days later in the technical race modality. In addition to the first gold for Spain, David Buil hung the silver one in the long-distance of the paddleboard.
The next day it was the turn of the relays, where Spain shone again. Carlos Alonso Ruiz in men’s paddleboard, Susak Molinero in women’s SUP, Itziar Abascal in women’s paddleboard and Rafael Sirvent in men’s SUP, were in charge of composing the Spanish team and hanging the gold medal.
(c) Sean Evans
The fourth day brought great joys for the Spanish delegation, with prominence for Esperanza Barreras, Itziar Abascal, Carlos Alonso Ruiz, and Duna Gordillo. The first added her second gold, this time the Canarian climbed to the top in the technical career competition.
For their part, Itziar Abascal and Carlos Alonso Ruiz also won their second medal, although in their cases they were the first at the individual level. The Cantabrian was proclaimed world champion of technical paddleboard races for women, and the player from Alcarro climbed to the third step of the podium in the same discipline, but in the men’s category. In addition, Duna Gordillo won the silver medal in the SUP Junior technical race.
In short, a great success for the Spanish team that demonstrated in El Salvador the quality of its athletes, in an event praised by the athletes, and with an eye toward this sport becoming part of the Olympic program.
(c) Ben Reed
SUP Surfing Men
Gold – Benoit Carpentier (FRA)
Silver – Airton Cozzolino (ITA)
Bronze – Alex Salazar (BRA)
Copper – Riki Horikoshi (JPN)
SUP Surfing Women
Gold – Justine Dupont (FRA)
Silver – Shakira Westdorp (AUS)
Bronze – Iballa Ruano Moreno (ESP)
Copper – Vania Torres (PER)
Ranking by Teams
Gold – France
Silver – Spain
Bronze – United States
Copper – Italy
5 – Brasil
6 – Japan
7 – Argentina
8 – South Africa
9 – Guatemala
10 – Peru
Source: EFE Agency