21 October 2008, Kuta-Bali: Akiko Kiyonoga raced through four rounds of surfing in the Women’s surfing event of the Asian Beach Games at Kuta Beach to claim a gold medal for Japan today. The silver was taken home by Indonesia’s Yasniar Gea.
Japan now leads with two gold medals, the first from yesterday’s Longboard win, and Indonesia adds a silver to its gold from the Men’s Shorboard win two days ago.
Kiyonoga was matched up against Gea from Indonesian in the Grand Final and came back to the beach with the win, scoring a total of 13 points for her best two waves against Gea’s 9 points. Gea had previously bested Kiyonoga in the four woman 2nd Qualifier, but when they met again in the final Kiyonoga went straight to work and by the end of the final had 11 waves to Gea’s 6, with high scores of 6.0 and 7.0 ,to Gea’s 3.75 and 5.25.
Bringing back bronze medals today were Marianita Alcala from the Philippines, who had the highest single wave point score of the day, an 8.0, and 15-year-old Diah Rahayu Dewi from Indonesia.
Tomorrow will see the men taking to the skies in the Aerial competition starting at approximately 8 am. Indonesia’s Dede Suryana and Made “Bol” Adi Putra are on deck waiting to add another gold for their country.