Gold for Tyra in El Salvador

2019-12-03 06:00
Fish Hoek’s Tyra Buncombe was crowned the women’s world long-distance prone paddleboard champion last week.

Fish Hoek’s Tyra Buncombe was crowned the women’s world long-distance prone paddleboard champion last week.

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Fish Hoek resident Tyra Buncombe was crowned the women’s world long-distance prone paddleboard champion on Monday 25 November, after winning the 18km race in brutally hot conditions at Playa El Tunco, El Salvador.

In a day of high drama, numerous competitors in both the women’s stand-up paddleboard, as well as the women’s prone paddleboard races, completed the three lap course incorrectly and were disqualified.

Twenty-year-old Buncombe from Fish Hoek Lifesaving Club, who is competing as a member of the South African stand up paddleboard team, correctly navigated the course amid the confusion and was awarded the gold medal as the first racer to do so. The feat was made more impressive by the fact that Tyra was paddling an unfamiliar paddleboard borrowed from the English team due to logistical problems in getting her board to El Salvador.

As a result, she has been unable to train or familiarise herself with the course since arriving in El Salvador five days before the event.

The 2019 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Stand-Up Paddleboard Championships concluded yesterday (Monday 2 December), and included various stand-up paddleboard and prone paddleboard race disciplines as well as stand-up paddleboard surfing.

The six-member South African team are competing against 150 athletes from 27 countries in the eighth edition of the annual event.

In 2018 Tarryn King from Cape Town became the first South African gold medallist at the event when she won the women’s stand-up paddleboard 200m sprint race.

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