Saffa surfers did it! Team South Africa rakes in the medals at the ISA World Masters surfing championship in Santa Catalina in Panama last weekend.

South Africa netted three gold, a silver and two bronze medals. Team South Africa’s hopes of scoring a third consecutive gold in the team event was dashed by a mere 260 points when Australia beat us 10456 to 10196.

But individually, Chris Knutsen and Heather Clark did us proud by defending their titles in the Grand Kahunas and women’s Masters respectively. Andrew Banks from Port Shepstone won his first ISA world title in the Masters event. “I feel extremely happy. This is the reason I came here.”

Andre and David Malherbe, the two brothers from East London, were responsible for the bronze medals, with Andre coming third in the Grand Masters and David in the Kahunas.

Clark’s achievement is all the more remarkable considering that she was in a life-threatening car accident less than a year ago.

East Londoner Wayne Monk placed equal ninth overall in the Masters division, Rob Moore-Boyle from Durban came seventh in the Grand Masters and fellow Durbanite and SA team captain Marc Wright, placed sixth overall in Panama.

Well done, everyone!