* Costa Ricans achieved their sixth medal during 2014 in ISA China Cup.
The teamwork of the National Surfing Team and the talent of young 15-year-old surfer, Leilani McGonagle, allowed the country to win its sixth world medal in four events held in this 2014.
McGonagle won the copper medal after qualifying for the women’s final at the ISA China Cup, series in which she was placed fourth after competing against surfers from Peru, Australia, and South Africa. This score placed Costa Rica 6th.
The wave conditions were very bad in height, as they reached the waist, as the maximum, but the resident of Pavones, Golfito used her skill in left waves and won an unprecedented world medal for Costa Rican surfing at the ISA China Cup.
With solvency, Leilani won her place in the Grand Female Final, without needing any playoff. She came as leader of the semifinal, where she surfed the waves of Wanning, Hainan Island until the last heat of her division in which she, eventually, was placed fourth.
“The truth is that I’m very happy to have met my goal of reaching the finals of this great event, in which I won a one more medal for my country. Yes we did! Viva Costa Rica!,” said Leilani on social networks.
With this result, Leilani becomes the Costa Rican surfing athlete with more ISA world medals. Only in this 2014, she has taken three, after winning the silver and copper in the World Junior U16 and U18 categories, respectively.
The team was completed by Luis Vindas, Gilbert Brown, Maykol Torres, Jair Pérez and Lisbeth Vindas, who managed to be placed 15, 17, 21, 13, and 11, respectively, in the two open categories in this competition: Open and Women’s Open.
This is how the fourth participation of Costa Rica’s national representation by team has been completed. There are still events in Chile with the National Team for the World Bodyboard Cup and the Central American Championship in El Salvador, which will be held in December.
Historical and global Medal of Costa Rica:
2011: Tequila Schieber – Gold (World Master)
2012: Noe Mar McGonagle – Bronze (World Junior)
2013: Tequila Schieber – Silver (World Master)
2013: William Fallas (bodyboard) – Silver (World Bodyboard)
2013: Jefferson Bustos (bodyboard) – Gold (World Bodyboard)
2014: Leilani McGonagle – Silver (World Junior)
2014: Leilani McGonagle – Copper (World Junior)
2014: Jenny Kalmbach (SUP) – Bronze (World Stand Up Paddle)
2014: Anthony Fillingim – Silver (World Open)
2014: Costa Rica – Copper (World Open)
2014: Leilani McGonagle – Copper (China Cup of Nations)