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Argentina’s Santiago Muñiz was crowned the Men’s Gold Medalist at the 2018 UR ISA World Surfing Games (WSG) in Tahara, Japan today, his second Title after earning the Gold at the 2011 edition in Panama. The Gold Medal assures Muñiz a spot in the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games, which will award a qualification position for a man and woman in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Muñiz’s performance continues a surge in strong Argentinian Surfing, with the country having taken the Men’s Gold Medal four times in the last eight editions of the WSG after Leandro Usuna’s dual Gold Medals in 2014 and 2016. Teammate Ignacio Gundesen is the current ISA World Junior Champion. “I am so happy. This feels like a dream,” said Muñiz. “It’s amazing to represent my country. I can feel the energy coming from my team. It’s a beautiful feeling! “This has given me even more motivation to get to Tokyo 2020. I am excited for the opportunity to qualify, but I got to take it step by step.” Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi and Shun Murakami doubled down on history for Japanese Surfing, respectively earning the Silver and Copper Medals for the host nation. In Igarashi’s and Murakami’s first appearances in the event, both earned the first WSG medals for Team Japan in the event’s 54-year history. The powerful performance displayed by the Japanese delegation demonstrates the leaps and bounds taken in increased level of Japanese surfing in recent years, particularly since the inclusion of Surfing in the Olympic Games. We are extremly proud of all the surfers efforts and the resualt of all surfers riding Sharpeye Surfboard in the final.
KANOA GOES BACK TO BACK AT THE VANS 2018 US OPEN There was no shortage of drama on the final day of the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, but when the spray settled it was two Huntington Beach surfers standing atop the podium. Back from injury, surfing with passion and conviction, Courtney Conlogue claimed the women's title, while Kanoa Igarashi became the first surfer to win back-to-back Men's Opens since fellow Huntington surfer Brett Simpson did it in 2009 and 2010. Igarashi went up against a very in-form Griffin Colapinto in the final. A back-and-forth affair, it was an 8-point ride at the end that sealed the deal for Igarashi. "That was the best heat I've ever had," said Igarashi. "On that last wave, I don't know, I felt like something just took over me and whatever I was going to do on that wave I was going to land it. When I stood up on that wave I knew I already had the score." From Round 1 all the way to the end of the contest, Igarashi kept referencing how inspired he was by Simpson's performances years ago and was heavily motivated to follow in his footsteps. "The whole contest I was just thinking about this final heat," said Igarashi. "I paced myself the whole time and let it all out at the end. It was a really hard heat, the waves were slow, but I just believed that Huntington was going to give me the waves and it did."
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