September 24, 2020

Iballa Ruano, national champion of Stand Up Paddle Surf – La Provincia


Iballa Ruano Moreno has revalidated its title of Spanish Champion of Stand Up Paddle Surf in the wave mode, by overcoming in a close final to the rider Basque Alazne Aurrecoechea, also from Gran Canaria Alexia Kiefer, who finished third in her debut in a competition of the Spanish Surfing Federation (FESurfing) and the Galician Esperanza Barreras, which was fourth. With this triumph, Iballa has added nine consecutive national championships, prolonging a hegemony that began in 2012.

The first day of the Spanish Championship (CESURF) held on the beach of A Frouxeira, in the Coruña town of Valdoviño, started with the SUP wave category and was marked by the strict health and hygiene protocols developed by the FESurfing, which guaranteed the safety of runners, judges and the general public.

The event in which the twentieth anniversary of the federation is celebrated, started early in the morning, coinciding with the empty tide. In its first sleeve, Iballa Ruano added 16.17 points, thanks to two waves of 8.00 and 8.17 points, which helped him to qualify directly for the final. The decisive round was marked by emotion, as it was necessary to wait for the final moments to certify the triumph of the Pozo Izquierdo rider, with the last two waves of 6.33 and 6.10 points, for a total of 12.43 points.

“It has been a liberation to be able to compete again”, highlighted Iballa Ruano as soon as he got out of the water. “This triumph is very special, since the COVID-19 pandemic has changed all the sporting plans of the season and we still do not know if it will be the only championship of the year,” said the rider Canarian, who was happy to be able to surf in Galicia, with good waves and ideal weather. Iballa thanked the Anfi Group, Volkswagen Comerciales Canarias and Starboard for their support, which have allowed him to maintain “at the highest level and continue to accumulate successes in this complex time.”

The Basque runner Alazne Aurrecoechea reached the last bars of the heat with real chances of victory, since she only needed a wave of 7.43 points to win, but that opportunity was not consolidated before the end of regulation time, finishing second with a Combined score of 9.80 points.

Third place went to Alexia Kiefer from Gran Canaria, who like Iballa Ruano, combines the professional windsurfing circuit and SUP Olas. Alexia, with only 15 years, has made his debut in Galicia with this meritorious result in the national Stand Up Paddle Surfing championship, which already shines on his record together with fifth place achieved in the 2019 Gran Canaria windsurfing world championship. The fourth step of the podium was occupied by him Esperanza Barreras, double world champion in the Long distance SUP modality and in the Technical Race (Beach Race), in the last ISA World Championship held in El Salvador.

In the men’s category, the victory went to the Galician Guillermo Carracedo, who, like Iballa, managed to revalidate his 2019 title, after beating Óscar Ruíz, Oihan Aizpuru and the young Manuel Hoyuela.

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