Back-to-back World Titles for Argentina’s Cosoleto
Torres claims Puerto Rico’s first WSUPPC gold medal
Les Sables d’Olonne, France – September 27, 2023
Day three of the 2023 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) saw two SUP Surfing World Champions crowned. Though smaller surf changed the dynamics significantly, the in-form surfers still rose to the occasion.
After earning the highest scores on the two prior days of competition, defending World Champion Lucia Cosoleto (ARG) started out Finals Day with relegation to repechage after a tight Main Round 3 heat that also featured two of the other three finalists, 2019 World Champion Justine Dupont (FRA) and Billie Scott (NZL). The heat closed out with Dupont using her priority to block Cosoleto, inadvertently earning the Frenchwoman a priority interference against Scott and sending both former World Champions into repechage.
The Final was a different story however, as Cosoleto took an early lead and maintained it throughout, slowly building her scores by utilizing her strong backhand, which consistently delivered the highest numbers of the event for the 27-year-old. A last second wave from Aline Adisaka (BRA) made for an exciting finish, but in the end the Argentine joined Emmy Merrill (USA) and Shakira Westdorp (AUS) as the only women with back-to-back SUP Surfing World Titles.
“Wow, I can’t believe it now,” Cosoleto said. “I’m so happy. It’s an honor to be part of this team. I’m happy with my work. It was hard because I was in the repechage today, but I’m so happy and motivated for the next competitions.”
Adisaka won her first silver medal, adding to her bronze from 2022 and copper from 2017. In her third event, Billie Scott (NZL) earned her first medal, the bronze, equalling Stella Smith’s 2018 bronze medal as the best result for New Zealand in SUP Surfing, while Justine Dupont (FRA) collected her third SUP Surfing medal, adding a copper medal to her silver from 2017 and gold from 2019.