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Skinner Wows Costa Rica
Cornwall's Ben Skinner took the bronze medal in this years ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica. He flew straight to the competition from Japan, without his surfboards, but still managed to make it to the finals for the second time in his career.
Four British surfers flew out to Costa Rica for the World Surfing Games which was held between 31st July and 8th August 2009.
The International Surfing Association says Ben Skinner, from Newquay, produced an amazing show during the event. Mixing "old-world nose rides and iconic style" with "modern high speed turns and speed floats."
Ben surfing in France
The Longboard final saw Ben up against American Tony Silvagni, Frenchman Antoine Delpero and Australian Harley Ingleby.
The 4-5 ft line up gave Delpero the title, with Ingleby in second and Ben third.
Fellow longboarder, Elliott Dudley, from Wales, earned a respectable 7th place.
Welsh girls Beth Mason and Joanne Dennison took part in the Women's open but were both knocked out in round 2 of the competition.
The next event on the ISA calendar is the World Junior Surfing Championship in New Zealand in January 2010.
last updated: 13/08/2009 at 16:13