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The New Zealand Longboard Team has finished twelfth overall at the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Longboard Championship held at Biarritz, France.

The event was completed over the weekend with Michael Grendon (Tara) and Sasha Brownlie (Auck) the top-ranked Kiwi surfers, Brownlie finishing 19th equal and Grendon 21st equal.

Brownlie advanced through several rounds before her elimination.  In her final heat, she was again in contention to advance deeper into the event until she fell on her last wave chasing a small score.  Brownlie could not find the 3.58 point ride in the dying minutes of the heat and was left on a 5.03 point heat total finishing third.

Grendon advanced through his first matchup on day five showing good form but in his second heat of the day, he could not find the right waves in the clean but small 1.0m waves.  Grendon finished with a 7.77 point heat total needing a 4.58 to advance and finished the heat in fourth place.

Earlier in the event both Gabrielle Paul (Piha) and Paul Culpan (Auck) were eliminated finishing 25th and 33rd respectively.

Host nation France convincingly took out top honours with a gold, two silvers and a bronze from their four athletes.  Peru finished runner-up ahead of USA in third.  France also claimed the Aloha Cup Tag Team event.

The ISA World Longboard Championship played host to a record 104 athletes from 32 countries.

Please see below for the 2019 New Zealand Longboard Team final placings at the ISA World Longboard Championship being held at Biarritz, France from the 26th May – 3rd June 2019.

Men
21st Michael Grendon (Tara)
33rd Paul Culpan (Auck)

Women
19th Sasha Brownlie (Auck)
25th Gabrielle Paul (Piha)

The New Zealand Longboard Team placed eleventh at the previous two editions of the event.

Further Information
For further information on the New Zealand Longboard Team please contact Surfing New Zealand’s Ben Kennings on 021 2278732 or email benkennings@surfingnz.co.nz.

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