SUP Surfing’s Elite Shine in Wanning, China

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Men and Women take to the water on day 2 of ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

Australia’s Harry Maskell notches near-perfect 9.5

Defending World Champion Shakira Westdorp (AUS) earns highest total for Women – falls to Repechage 

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The Elite of SUP Surfing shined with high scoring rides on the second day of competition at the 2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Wanning, China.

The world’s best took advantage of the long walls at Riyue Bay’s left pointbreak to notch scores in the excellent range.

Shakira Westdorp (AUS) on her way to notching the highest women’s score on day 2. Photo: ISA / Pablo Jimenez
Shakira Westdorp (AUS) on her way to notching the highest women’s score on day 2. Photo: ISA / Pablo Jimenez

Australia’s Harry Maskell nearly reached perfection with the highest wave score of the event, earning a 9.5 out of 10 in the Round 2 of the Men’s Main Event.

The defending Women’s World Champion Shakira Westdorp (AUS) continued to impress with the highest score of the day among the women with 12.67. However, Westdorp placed third in her second heat of the day, falling into the Repechage where she will have to take the long path if she is to repeat as World Champion.

France’s Caroline Angibaud, an ISA Silver Medalist, closely followed with the second highest women’s score with 12.43.

USA’s two-time Gold Medalist Sean Poynter earned the highest heat total for the second consecutive day with 17.10.

Harry Maskell (AUS) on his way to the highest wave score of the event. Photo: ISA / Pablo Jimenez
Harry Maskell (AUS) on his way to the highest wave score of the event. Photo: ISA / Pablo Jimenez

The first Repechage Rounds ran in the afternoon, eliminating the first competitors from the event.

With the Repechage format, surfers that lose in the Main Event have a second chance to advance in the Repechage Rounds. However, the road to the Grand Final via the Repechage is much longer than the path through the Main Event.

USA’s three-time ISA Gold Medalist Candice Appleby advanced through the first two rounds of the Women Main Event on Saturday.

“It’s really great to see the ISA going with gender equality as far as participation goes,” said Appleby. “There are so many amazing racers and surfers in our sport, and the level just continues to increase.

“I am really impressed with China and the waves that are on offer here. I had almost no preconceived notions before coming here, but I am really pleased with the warm water, climate and waves.

“My goal is to see Team USA take the Gold. I have individual Golds, but I want to take it for the team.”

Team Brazil has fielded a strong contingent of SUP Surfers in the event, featuring two past ISA World Champions, Nicole Pacelli and Luiz Diniz. Teammate Caio Vaz, considered one of the elite athletes of the sport, is looking to win his first ISA Gold and surfed strong into Round 3 of the Men’s Main Event.

“I am coming off a serious injury, so at first my goal was just to come here and enjoy the event,” said Vaz. “Now that I am winning heats, I am getting the hang of it and I want to win Gold.

“I am a two-time Champion in the APP World Tour, but I want to win at the ISA. It’s exciting.

“The level of competition is really high. There are some really good surfers, and also some surfers just gaining experience from non-traditional nations, so that’s cool. There are all types of people from around the world.”

Riyue Bay perfection. Photo: ISA / Pablo Jimenez
Riyue Bay perfection. Photo: ISA / Pablo Jimenez

“It was another day of amazing waves at Riyue Bay,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “What more could we ask for?

“SUP Surfing has been getting the event off to exciting start, and the sprint, distance, relay and technical racing events coming up later in the week will build upon this momentum.

“Athletes hailing from 26 nations on all 5 continents of the globe have been displaying their team camaraderie and pride, exemplifying how SUP has spread to all corners of the world under ISA leadership.

“The first athletes were eliminated from the event today, but their work is not done, as they now must support their teams through the end of SUP Surfing and prepare for the races to come.”

The ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will be streamed live on Nov 23 – Dec 2.

The remaining event schedule is the following*:

Riyue Bay

  • November 25 – SUP Surfing
  • November 26 – SUP Surfing
  • November 27 – Technical Races
  • November 28 – Technical Races
  • November 29 – Lay day

Shenzhou Peninsula

  • November 30 – Sprint Races
  • December 1 – Distance Races
  • December 2 – Relay Races, Closing Ceremony

*All times in local time (GMT +8). Schedule subject to change.

About The International Surfing Association:

The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men's and Women's World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; and World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Federations of 104 countries on five continents. The ISA is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (ARG). The Executive Committee includes four Vice-Presidents Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL), Athletes' Commission Chair Justine Dupont (FRA), Regular Members Atsushi Sakai (JPN) and Jean Luc Arassus (FRA) and ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo as Ex-officio Member.

Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California (USA).

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