Matthew Moir was the toast of Team South Africa when he successfully defended his ISA World Longboard title on the final day of the 2008 ISA World Surfing Games at Costa de Caparica in Portugal on Sunday.

The Capetonian was joined on the podium by fellow South African Dave Lee (Uvongo) who earned the copper medal for fourth place in the Men’s Bodyboarding and the SA tag team who also captured the copper medal in the Aloha Cup.

Moir won each of the five heats he contested en route to his second gold medal, as he did in California in 2006, and is now keen to match the three consecutive longboard titles recorded by Marcelo Freitas (BRA).

“I’m so, so stoked. I never thought I would have the chance to win two events in a row,” Moir said from the victory dais. “Marcelo Freitas won it three times in a row and I’ve done it twice, so I’m pretty happy for that. I had great support from my teammates on the beach. That was amazing, I just can’t believe it.”

Australia emerged as the champion nation at the 22nd edition of the “Olympics of Surfing”, earning the accolade for the third consecutive time. CJ Hobgood (USA) took the men’s surfing title,

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) triumphed in the women’s surfing, Marcus Lima (BRA) in the men’s bodyboarding, Natasha Sagardia (PRI) earned a first gold medal for Puerto Rico in women’s bodyboarding and France won the Aloha Cup tag team event.