NATIONAL NEWS - The South African surfing team claimed double gold at the Reef ISA World Surfing Games in Panama at the weekend, Surfing SA (SSA) confirmed in a statement on Monday.
The SA squad triumphed over 23 national teams and 120 surfers at the event and were ultimately crowned the ISA world team champions, while captain Shaun Joubert emerged as the ISA men's world champion.
Joubert led his team to victory by dominating the men's division, where he advanced directly to the grand final, without finishing outside the top two in any of his seven heats.
"I really enjoyed the waves in Panama. We had amazing waves all event," said Joubert.
"It's fun to see all the flags and people from other countries. It's a special event."
South Africa led the team standings on days five and six, before slumping to fourth place heading into the final day.
Joubert's victory saw them overtake defending champions Australia, Peru and Brazil who earned silver, bronze and copper medals respectively.
The victory placed South Africa as top seeds at the ISA China Cup to be held in January, while the other teams who finished in the top seven gained qualification for the event.