It's a big deal! - Photo: Ben Reed / Instagram
Yeah you read it right, Mexico has a new world champion surfer, it’s a first for the country, the first for the surfer, and it’s got nothing to do with the WSL! The crown comes from the International Surfing Association, who we should all probably be paying a little more attention to now that surfing is a going to be an Olympic sport (and the ISA is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the sporting body representing surfing nations), but enough of all that…
And the winner is… 18-year-old Jhony Corzo from Puerto Escondido! He has a solid surfing pedigree, with his dad and older brothers all charging bombs at Playa Zicatela, so of course he does too…
Corzo in his backyard
He’s as comfortable surfing in the big stuff as well as the small, which was handy for a contest in France. It was far from pumping at Biarritz’s Grabd Plage, but Corzo didn’t let that get in the way of taking home the gold!
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The new ISA world champion is currently ranked 245th in the QS, but he stormed ahead of Jeremy Flores in the Men’s Open Division before beating another French CT surfer, Joan Duru, in the final. His gold medal is the first ever won by a Mexican at the ISA World Surfing Games, it was Corzo’s first ever time at the contest, and in the process he also won his whole team a copper medal, so it’s no surprise he’s pretty stoked with the result.
“It’s an amazing feeling to be crowned World Champion! I don’t have words for it. This is something that I wanted ever since I was young and started surfing. This is my first time competing in the ISA World Surfing Games and I got the Gold. It’s a dream come true,” said Corzo.
Surfing’s newest poster boy!