BYRON Bay surfer Mark "Mono” Stewart won a bronze medal in his division at the 2017 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship in California.
Stewart went in aiming for a third consecutive title in the AS2 stand/kneel division part of the of the competition.
It was a big win for Brazilian surfer Alcino Neto who not only beat the current world champion in the four-man final but also led his country to first place.
There was 26 countries compete this year with Brazil finishing just in front of Australia with the United States in third.
"This team gold medal will inspire so many others to get into the sport in Brazil and around the world,” Neto said.
"This was my aim since I started promoting the sport with the ISA over 20 years ago.
"This gold medal is not only for me, but for everyone who participated this week.
"Never in my life did I think this event would become a reality and grow so much, let alone win the gold medal.”
The fourth and final day of competition was highlighted by multiple historic moments including the crowning of 11 world champions, Adi Klang earning the first ISA Gold Medal for Israel, the first Women Adaptive Surfing World Champions being crowned and Bruno Hansen from Denmark continuing his streak of dominance in the AS-4 Division, earning a Gold Medal for the third consecutive year.
"Thank you to the athletes and supporters that made this all possible, without you there is no World Championship,” ISA President Fernando Aguerre said.
"Some of you (got) medals, some of you did not, but remember all of you are champions.
"Remember what you accomplished this week and be proud that you are part of the Adaptive Surfing movement.”