Interview with Junior SUP Surfing World Champion: Kauan Terra

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Kauan Terra of Brazil, in his first world title event, wins the APP Junior SUP World Championship in Barbados. Photo by: Brian Beilmann/APP World Tour
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Standup Journal’s roving ambassador, Jason Cole of Barbados interviews Kauan Terra, Brazil’s newest Junior SUP World Champion in surfing after his dominant performance and triumph at the APP World Tour’s Barbados Pro.

Celebrating, encouraging and showcasing the rising tide of young athletes stepping up into the arena is an aspect of the sport of SUP we are all passionate about. Witnessing these incredible athletes progress and even challenge their mentors in World Title events continues to make stand up paddling one of the most exciting sports growing on the planet.

Thank you, Jason Cole and Paddle Barbados for your commitment to highlighting the next generation of World Champs.  Here is Kauan Terra.

Kauan Terra APP World Tour Barbados Pro Junior SUP World Champion

The Rise of the Next Generation of SUP:  Kauan Terra

The future of SUP Surfing is radiant. Although ALL of the performances at the APP Barbados Pro were mind blowing, the APP’s 1st Junior World Champion Event was completely off the hook.

We needed to know more about the four incredibly talented athletes who took the world famous Soup Bowl apart during their thirty minute junior final heat.  We start with the winner, the APP World Tour’s Junior World Champion:  Kauan Terra of Brazil.

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After his Junior World Title victory, Kauan is carried up the beach by a formidable team of the world’s greatest SUP surfers including, Luis Diniz, Marcio Grillo and Wellington Reiss.

Where are you from and where/when did you start paddle surfing?

I’m from Brazil, in Sao Paul from the beach at Yubambuca Ubatuba.

What do you do when you’re not SUP Surfing?

When I’m not SUP Surfing, I’m surfing a shortboard, training, developing my Jiu Jitsu practice, catching up on schoolwork and studying.

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Kauan’s commitment to excellence is showcased in his technique. This kid’s got it firing on all cylinders 100% of the time. Photo by: Brian Bielmann/APP World Tour

When did you start SUP Surfing and who are your main influences in the SUP World?

I began surfing SUP when I was 11 years old on a 9′ plank.  My biggest influences are my friends:  Wellington Reiss, Lius Diniz, Marcio Grillo and Lucas Meideiros.

How long have you been competing and how long have you competed on the APP World Tour?

I started competing when I was 13.  The Barbados Pro was my first APP event!

Kauan Terra Brazil APP World Tour Junior SUP World Champion
Kauan is congratulated by his idols, Brazilian SUP champions Wellington Reiss and Lius Diniz on the beach in Barbados. Photo by: Brian Bielmann/APP World Tour

What is your best result?

I had a lot of good results in Brazil, but being the APP Junior World Champion is my best result. I was a Brazilian champ at age 14 as a junior and have also been winning some adult categories.

Do you like traveling and what do you miss most about home?

I love to travel, but what I miss most are my parents and my daily routine.

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What do you do when you’re not SUP Surfing? Kauan’s answer: Surfing.  Photo by:  APP World Tour

What equipment are you presently using and who are your sponsors?

I’m using Paulo Rabello boards, a great Brazilian shaper, but unfortunately I only have supporters, no sponsors yet.

What are your plans for the APP World Tour?

In 2020, I plan to compete in all of the APP World Tour stops and not only win the Junior SUP World Championship but the Pro event also 😉

Thank you Kauan and Jason Cole of Paddle Barbados for sharing your stoke at Standup Journal!


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Jason and Sarah Cole own Paddle Barbados, a one-stop-shop for everything SUP in Barbados. They offer the island’s best SUP lessons & tours, and the largest variety of rental equipment, including paddleboards, kayaks, snorkels, boogie boards and surfboards. Both Jason and Sarah are knowledgeable, and excellent instructors in all aspects of SUP, from flatwater lessons to downwind runs and SUP Surfing. Jason currently holds the Barbados National Championship title for SUP Surfing and Sarah unofficially is the undisputed record holder for the 9KM downwind run from Miami Beach to Pebble Beach. Together, they provide experience, knowledge, great skill and service at their place of business, Paddle Barbados on Carlisle Bay. Stop down and see them & be sure to mention Standup Journal sent ya!