Ben Skinner: Surfer wins world longboard bronze medal

Ben Skinner
Ben Skinner won a silver at the claimed a silver medal at the International Surfing Association's World Longboard Championships in 2013

Ben Skinner has won a bronze medal at the World Longboard Championships.

The Jersey-born surfer, who is now based in Cornwall, lost to newly-crowned champion Piccolo Clemente in the semi-finals of the event in China.

"I'm stoked with my performance and this result, it's much closer to where I want to be. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be Longboard world champion and today I got pretty close," he said.

It is Skinner's best finish at the World Surf League event.

The former European champion previously won silver at the 2013 International Surfing Association world championships.

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