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.