2016 ISA World Championships Day #4 – Men’s Distance Final Recap

2016 ISA World Championships Day #4 – Men's Distance Final Recap

Men’s Distance Race video highlights:

“Australia Takes the Lead to Capture the Team Gold”

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“Today in the SUP Distance Races the world’s best paddlers showed us the grit and determination that it takes to compete at the highest level. This was true World Championship caliber competition, ” said ISA’s President Fernando Aguerre of the Men’s SUP and Paddleboard Distance races taking place today in Fiji.

Today’s grueling 17K distance course took the men from Cloudbreak through the channel towards Tavarua island to finish at Musket Cove. Breezy cross winds and high temperatures made for super challenging conditions for the world’s best SUP and Paddleboard racers.

sup paddle technical by Sean Evans
UP the channel towards beautiful Tavarua Island made today’s grueling 17K distance course a fantastic journey here in Fiji | Photo by Sean Evans

“The design of the course was amazing. It required us to understand the water’s movements and race smart around the buoys,” said today’s prone paddleboard distance Gold medal winner Sam Shergold of New Zealand. The men’s prone race became a match for the four men in the lead, to draft and work together as a team to the final buoy. At the final buoy in Musket Cove, the pack broke apart for the final sprint and Shergold surged ahead to cross the finish line with a time of 2:11 marking him for first place and gold medal status.

Sam Shergold by Ben Reed
Sam Shergold said, “It was a helluva fight!” about today’s Men’s Prone Paddleboard race at the ISA World Championships in Fiji | Photo by Ben Reed

“It’s pretty surreal! This is all still sinking in,” exclaimed Shergold. “It was a great battle the whole way and anyone could have won it off that last buoy.” Win it, he did with Australia’s Matt Poole coming in second place to earn the Silver and Lachie Lansdown, also from Australia, to come in third and take the Bronze.

The Australian men’s team earned additional gold in the Men’s Stand Up Paddle Distance race today marking them as the leading team to win the overall Club Waikiki Peru World Team Champion Trophy that is awarded to the overall Team Gold Medalist.

Aussie Michael Booth established his dominance early on in the stand up paddle Distance Race as the lead train of seven racers pulled away from the pack. Booth led the train for a while and then pulled away to cross through the finish at the 2:00 hour mark exactly. Following Booth in the SUP Men’s Distance Race with the Silver Medal was France’s Titouan Puyo, 15 seconds off of the leader. Tahiti’s Georges Cronstead followed with the Bronze Medal.

Micheal Booth by Ben Reed
Michael Booth dominates his way to the Gold Medal in the Men’s Stand Up Paddleboard Distance Final in Fiji | Photo by Ben Reed

STAY TUNED for the Women’s Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Distance results coming this Friday and the MAIN EVENT, the SUP Surf competition to be held at legendary Cloudbreak as a mega swell hits to light up the coast for our SUP Surfing final. It’s sure to be all time fantastic!

More from the ISA Championships:

ISA World Championship in Fiji Awards First Gold Medals

ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship Day 2 Recap

ISA Sets New Standard Focusing On Becoming Carbon Neutral

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