Go Team USA!
This weekend the ISA (international Surf Association) will be holding their annual world championships for SUP (Stand Up Paddling) from October 28 - November 6 in Puerto Rico. National teams from all over the world will gather to compete in 3 Types of SUP Races (Distance, Tech & Relay) and a SUP surfing contest.
We are especially proud of the three young paddlers (U18) that are qualified to represent the USA! USA SUP (an independent SUP racing organization by and for American SUP competitors) members Campbell Carter, Soryn Preston and Bodie Von Allman will comprise the Juniors portion of Team USA.
As all three are supported by the board brand SIC, we asked Global Brand Manager (and USA SUP member) Casi Rynkowski about the company's notable support of the next generation. "SIC Maui believes strongly in supporting the future of racing, and the Youth Development Team does just that. The youth team is provided mentorship from our top athletes to help them better navigate the racing scene, along with marketing and product education to help strengthen their knowledge and promote the growth of their own personal brands. Our goal is to not only cultivate the best racers, but to create stewards of watersports that can help pass on the excitement to future generations." USA SUP shares the vision of supporting youth as a major component of growing the sport we love.
PHOTO: SIC Maui TEAM at the Gorge in Hood River, Oregon
Opening ceremonies are scheduled for this Friday October 28; Live coverage should be found on ISASurf.org
We wish the best of luck to everyone competing in or and running the event (USA SUP members Dave Boehne & Anthony Vela will be there commentating & race directing). Buena suerte a todos!
PHOTO: Just some of Team USA from the qualifier event that is held the second week of June every year in Oceanside, CA: Hunter Flueger (prone), Connor Baxter, Bodie Von Allman, Candice Appleby, Soryn Preston & April Zilg. Not pictured: SUP Surfers: Zane Schweitzer, Bernd Roediger, & Kanani Yockman, and prone female Tiana Pugliese.