Skinner thanks fans after winning world silver medal
Perranporth surfer Ben ‘Skindog’ Skinner has thanked his fans after performing brilliantly to win the silver medal at the ISA World Longboard Championship in Huanchaco, Peru.
Skinner, who was pipped to the prestigious title by France’s Antoine Delpero, 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.”
Skinner, the recently crowned European Longboard champion, took part in the inaugural event in Peru which attracted surfers from all over the globe.
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In the Open Men’s Final, Delpero won the gold after posting two big scores of 9.00 and 8.20, an impressive total heat score of 17.20.
Skinner had been in form all event, but felt just short in the final, earning 15.60 and the silver. Brazil’s Phil Rajzman won the bronze, earning 12.03 and South Africa’s Thomas King the copper medal (11.97).
Delpero said: “It was a really hard and close final, and everyone got good waves.
“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!”
It was Delpero’s third ISA gold medal in his career having previously won gold in the Longboard division of the ISA World Surfing Games in 2009 and SUP Surfing in the 2012 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.
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.
Longboarding has traditionally been a division of the ISA World Surfing Games since 1988. Due to the growing popularity of the Longboard division and the increase in participating athletes, the ISA has organised its own World Championship with specialised longboarding judges at one of the best surfing destinations in the world.
The competition kicked off last Sunday and ran for six days until Saturday, when Skinner was involved in the climax to the tournament.
Team GB was made up of Skinner, Adam Griffiths, Claire Small, Ben Bates, Raife Gaskell, all under the management of Minnow Green (St Agnes), the founder of the British Longboard Union.
Skinner won his 11th European title last week in the Azores.
The Team GB member launched a crowd funding campaign to fund their trip to the world championships . More than £5,000 has been donated to the team by members of the public.