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Cornwall's Ben Skinner claims silver at ISA World Longboard Championships
4:30pm Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
Cornwall's Ben Skinner has claimed the silver medal at this year's ISA World Longboard Championship in Huanchaco, Peru.
Perranporth-based Skinner, whose parents own Skinner's Brewery in Truro, was pipped to the title by French surfer Antoine Delpero in a closely contested final heat.
“It was a really hard and close Final, and everyone got good waves," said Delpero. "“You never know if you’re going to have a good wave because the wave doesn’t opens up until near the end, where the strong scoring potential of the wave is. I tried to do my best and I’m super happy about that!”
After the competition Skinner tweeted: "Thank you all so much!! Your support has been amazing. Sorry it wasn’t gold . . . but next year . . I will take no prisoners. Love you all.”
Following the competition, the closing ceremony took place to present all of the medals and trophies, and to bring an end to an incredible week in one of the most historic surfing communities in the world.
Closing ceremony dignitaries included Benjamin Gayoso, the Peruvian Institute of Sport (IPD) President of La Libertad, Alfredo Gamero, representing the Huanchaco Kahunas Club, and ISA Vice Presidents Alan Atkins and Karin Sierralta. Sierralta was also the event organizer.
Open Men’s result: Antoine Delpero (FRA), Gold Medal; Ben Skinner (GBR), Silver Medal; Phil Rajzman (BRA), Bronze Medal; Thomas King (RSA), Copper Medal.
Final Team Standings: 1- France- 4,810; 2- South Africa- 4,010; 3- Hawaii- 3,726; 4- Brazil- 3,618; 5- Great Britain- 3,478; 6- Peru- 3,441; 7- USA- 3,136; 8- Argentina- 2,993; 9- Venezuela- 2,783; 10- Australia- 2,636; 11- New Zealand- 2,500; 12- Ecuador- 2,425; 13- Uruguay- 1,855; 14- Dominican Republic- 1,745; 15- Japan- 1,735; 16- Mexico- 1,546; 17- Costa Rica- 1,380; 18- Puerto Rico- 1,320; 19- Italy- 1,170; 20- Canada- 875; 21- Chile- 660; 22- Panama- 600.