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Thu, 7 September 2017

Aussie Shakira Westdorp has back-to-back Women's SUP surfing world titles, while Brazil's Luiz Diniz took gold in his first appearance at the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Champs.

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NEW KID: Luiz Diniz was a relatively unknown surfer before coming to Denmark. Photo ISA / Reed

South Africa's Tamsyn Foster did brilliantly to reach the semi-finals, but fell just 0.08 of a point short of a passage to the final, held in dropping 2-3' windswell at Vorupør on the NW coast of Denmark.

Westdorp said that conditions had changed from "gnarly to pretty good this afternoon, so it was awesome I was able to showcase my skills in varying conditions. The level of women's SUP surfing is going through the roof and being on the top of that is pretty special. I am over the moon right now. Team Australia is sitting pretty good in the standings and we have some strong racers coming up this weekend. I am happy that I could earn these points and I think we can take the title out again."

Luiz Diniz, a relatively unknown surfer at an international level, made a name for himself and etched his name forever among the first ISA SUP Gold Medalists crowned in Europe.

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INTO THE SEMIS: Tamsyn Foster carried SA fans' hopes on her shoulders. Photo ISA / Reed

"I am super stoked for this win", said Diniz. "Thank God for bringing me here and giving me hope. I've been taking it heat by heat and I felt pretty comfortable throughout in my first ISA World Championship. "I started this journey without big sponsors and thanks to our team, we found the support we needed to come here and I won. This is really special for me and my country."

Heading into the final weekend of competition, with just the Technical Race and Team Relay remaining, Team France has held onto their lead in the overall team points ranking after overhauling New Zealand, who were forerunners for the first half of the week.

An all-around performance, with medals in the Men's and Women's Divisions from Benoit Carpentier and Justine Dupont, solidly maintained France's lead with five medals left to be awarded.

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SHAKIRA SHAKIRA: She has put Team Australia in a strong position. Photo ISA / Reed

The coast known as 'Cold Hawaii' greeted the competitors with blustery, onshore conditions early today with an increase of swell into the waist to chest high range. Soon after heats got underway, the wind turned 180 degrees into a light offshores and some fairly fun waves came through.

The tentative schedule for the remainder of the event will be as follows:

September 8 - Lay Day
September 9 - Technical Race Finals
September 10 - Relay Race & Closing Ceremony

See www.isaworlds.com for the LIVE stream, as well as more photos, results and news.

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