Mark 'Mono' Stewart Goes Back To Back At 2016 ISA Stance World Adaptive Surfing Championship
COOLANGATTA/QLD (December 12th, 2016): Australia’s Mark Mono Stewart has gone back to back winning the AS2 Stand/Kneel final to become a two-time World Adaptive Surfing Champion at the 2016 International Surfing Association (ISA) Stance World Adaptive Surfing Championship in California.
Stewart was too strong for the competition in the final, scoring a heat total of 15.50 points to beat Frenchmen Eric Dargent (9.04 points), Brazilian Henrique Saraiva (8.73 points), and Hawaiian Colin Cook (5.23 points) in clean but small conditions at the La Jolla beach break.
“Last year was great but this year even more special, mainly because I have seen so much progression in our sport this year and the amount of young people coming up and taking on what the older surfers are teaching them and that’s what it is all about.”
“Getting our youth involved now so when we get in the Paralympics we will be ready to show the world what can be done,” Stewart told ISA commentator Todd Klein.
Fellow Australian Barney Miller narrowly missed out on a maiden title, finishing second with a 11.16-point heat total in the AS5 Assist Final to Brazilian Davi Teixeira (14.5 points) whilst visually impaired Aussie athlete Matt Formston finished in third spot in the AS VI Visually Impaired division at his first world champs.
Jade ‘Red’ Wheatley also had an outstanding campaign, narrowly missing out on a final appearance by finishing third in his ASQ Stand/Kneel division semi-final. Former Paralympian Dave Monk surfed into round two of the AS3 Upright division.
TEAM AUSTRALIA RESULTS:
Mark 'Mono' Stewart - AS2 Stand/Kneel division World Champion / Gold Medal
Dave Monk – Round 2, AS3 Upright division
Barney Miller – Silver medal, AS5 Assist division
Matt Formston – Bronze medal, AS VI Visually Impaired division
Jade ‘Red’ Wheatley – Semi-Finals, AS1 Stand/Kneel division
OVERALL TEAM RANKINGS:
1st - Brazil 5598 points
2nd - USA 5108 points
3rd - Chile 3912 points
4th - Australia 3783 points