Team Australia just clinched its second ISA China Cup in a row. The ISA is an opportunity for surfers to support their countries and shred in the name of patriotism. But it's also a chance to make a name for ones self. As Fernando Aguerre reminded us earlier this week, Tom Curren made his mark in the ISA before his storied pro career.
This year, it was Michael Rodriques and Phillipa Anderson of Australia who won the Mens and Womens individual titles, no small feat when you consider the red hot field of former and current ASP stars like Mitch Crews, Cory Lopez, Sunny Garcia, Gabe Kling and Maxime Huscenot on the men's side and Alessa Quizon and Nikki Van Dijk on the women's. It's a testament to not only the concept of team surfing that Australians grow up with and just how deep Brazil's talent pool is.
The surf at Riyue Bay was clean, but smallish for the final day. Rodriques saved his best performance for the final, putting up an event high 17.00 points against Mitch Crews, who took second, France's Vincent Duvignac and Connor O'Leary of Australia. Rodrigues doesn't even have a sponsor.
"I came here to win only representing my country. Just being here was already great and with the victory it is even greater, I am very happy, thank you," he said in the ISA press release.
For her part, Anderson shredded the tiny stuff for a pretty commanding win over Van Dijk. Quizon, and Nage Melamed of Hawaii.
For American surf fans, it was not the greatest day, as the red white and blue finished sixth out of eight.
"I'm very happy and satisfied about the hosting of the ISA China Cup for the second year in a row. While the waves were not as strong as last year's event, the athletes have provided a great show of surfing abilities," remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre.
The Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival continues with the ASP's Hainan Classic, a 4-star. The swell is supposed to pick up as well.