Peru emerged victorious and earned the team gold medal ©ISA

Peru won the team gold medal on the eighth and final day of the 2016 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Games in Playa Jacó, Costa Rica.

The gold medal was the second for Peru in three years, after they won it at the 2014 Games in their home country.

They had been amongst the top of the team rankings throughout the entirety of the competition, alternating top spot with Portugal, Costa Rica and France.

Their stellar overall team performance proved to be the key to their success, spearheaded by Lucca Mesinas’ individual silver medal.

“Unfortunately I couldn’t win my division, but when I heard that Peru was the ISA world champion, there were no words to describe it," said Mesinas.

"I’m very happy that Peru finished as champion here in Costa Rica."

Portugal claimed the silver medal, while the United States finished with bronze.

France came fourth, claiming the copper medal.

American Tia Blanco was crowned the women’s gold medallist for the second consecutive year ©ISA
American Tia Blanco was crowned the women’s gold medallist for the second consecutive year ©ISA

American Tia Blanco was crowned the women’s gold medallist for the second consecutive year, repeating her 2015 performance in Nicaragua. 

Leandro Usuna of Argentina was crowned men’s gold medallist for the second time in three years, after winning the 2014 gold medal. 

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, expressed his excitement after watching the finals on a webcast, unable to attend in person due to a back injury.

“Congratulations to the team gold medallist, Team Peru, and the individual gold medallists Tia Blanco and Leandro Usuna," said Aguerre.

"Tia and Leandro will forever be the very first ISA gold medallists of the Olympic surfing cycle.

"As all the other ISA competitors, they surfed in true Olympic spirit, for the honour of representing their countries."

After a morning that featured both the men's and women's main event and repechage finals, the open women grand final took to the water in front of thousands at Playa Jacó.

Blanco scored a heat total of 14.72 which proved to be just enough to win, as Ecuador’s Dominic Barona, who scored 14.67, earned the silver and France’s Pauline Ado who scored 14.46, earned bronze.

“I’m over the moon right now, it couldn’t get any better for me," said Blanco.

"I’ve had a little bit of a rough year so I’m super happy to get this title.

"I love to represent the USA and so excited to make everyone proud at home.”

The open men grand final finished off the day, where Usuna won with a score of 14.33 ahead of Mesinas.

Costa Rica’s Noe Mar McGonagle, the 2015 gold medallist, took the bronze medal.

“I’m two-time champion, I can’t believe it," said Usuna.

"This is the third consecutive final I’ve made in the past three years.

"I do this for my country, for my family and everybody who is always there for me. 

"This isn’t about points or money, this is about love for your country and raising your flag."