USA Sup / Paddleboard International Team Selected for ISA World Games in Denmark

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USA Surfing held the first ever Sup /Paddleboard Team Trials & Championships in Oceanside California, and Santa Cruz, California on June 16 and 17th, 2017.  Participation in every age group across all disciplines and in multiple locations led to an extremely competitive and exciting weekend of competition.

ISA World Sup / Paddleboard competiton
Athlete’s get ready for the ISA World Tour’s elite competition slated to be held in Denmark this year.

This weekend marks the first time ever that USA Surfing has crowned Champions in Sup Technical, Sup Surf, Sup Distance & Prone Paddleboard. In addition, USA Sup /Paddleboard used this weekend’s results to select an international team that will represent the USA in the International Surfing Association’s World Sup and Paddleboard Championships in Denmark, September 1-10th, 2017.

This weekend our sport took a big step forward. As a board, we set a path for us to elevate how we compete on the national stage and select our International Team by having open competition for anyone in the U.S. who wanted to try out,” said Erik Logan, USA Surfing board member. “The overwhelming success of the event gives us great confidence heading into the world championships and the early planning for our 2018 event, which we are already looking to expand by an additional day to accommodate the early demand.”

The 2017 USA Sup /Paddleboard team features seven returning ISA competitors, four world champions and five first time competitors. The weekend competition gave opportunity to many elite paddlers the fair and equal opportunity on the water to represent the United States in the ISA World Games.

ISA Sup Surf World Championships Denmark
World Class Sup Surf competition combined with Sup Technical and Distance races will make the ISA World Championiships an event to be remembered

The Sup Technical and Distance team is anchored by world champion and three-time ISA competitor Candice Appleby. Giorgio Gomez, Slater Trout and first-time team members Noa Hopper, Fiona Wylde, Ryan Funk and Jade Howson round out USA Standup Paddle racing teams.

It was a historic weekend. We accomplished two huge goals. First, we were able to crown several USA champions in various categories. Second, the athletes were given the opportunity to be selected to our international team for the ISA World Championships through their stellar performances,” said USA Sup /Paddleboard Head Coach, Brody Welte. “We have set a terrific foundation for us to build upon now and into the future.”

Cloudbreak Awakens for ISA's SUP Surfing Finals Day #6
The 2016 ISA Sup Surfing finals in Fiji last year brought to bear some of the finest surfing we’ve seen yet in competition.

USA Sup Surfing sends one of its strongest teams to Denmark with Sean Poynter, Izzi Gomez and Emmy Merrill owning a combined five world titles and ten years of international competition experience. This team also adds 2016 ISA Sup Surf finalists Giorgio Gomez to strengthen the USA Sup Surfing’s team.

This weekends level of competition was world class. We are thrilled to see such strong performances from all the surfers.” said Dave Boehne, USA Sup Surfing Coach. Boehne further added, “Having the leadership of Sean, Izzi and Emmy with their five World Titles and Gio’s finals experience of last year, I couldn’t be more excited about the strength and depth of our team.”

Ben Reed
Countries from around the globe gather for the ISA World Championships: a conglomeration of the best in standup paddle surf, distance, technical and prone competition. Photo by Ben Reed

Concurrently, USA Sup /Paddleboard held its trials in conjunction with the 16th annual Jay Race, in Capitola, California. This partnership was a win-win for USA Sup /Paddleboard allowing the country’s best paddlers an equal opportunity to race for USA titles and spots on this year’s USA ISA competition team.

With one of the biggest fields of the year, USA Sup /Paddleboard brings Jack Bark and Abby Brown back to the team for prone paddling competition.

We had an incredible weekend of paddling and racing up in Santa Cruz and Capitola. The 16th Annual Jay Race proved to be a perfect event to decide our USA champions and team members as hundreds of prone paddlers converged to put it all out there,” said Steve Shlens USA Sup /Paddleboard Coach.

Shlens added, “We had everything from glass to wind to bumps, as well as a few great white sightings! On the men’s side, Jack Bark, followed closely by Ben Brewer, came away with a huge win on this Jay course. For the women, Abby Brown once again put it all out there and got the win, followed just minutes later by Carter Graves. The men and women at this event really seized the day and showed how deep our prone paddling talent goes.

Sam Shergold by Ben Reed
Jack Bark and Abby Brown will represent the USA in this year’s ISA prone championships

Complete List of 2017 Sup / Paddleboard Competition Team

Candice Appleby Female / 31 / Sup Tech & Sup Distance / Infinity
Jack Bark Male, / 23 / Paddleboard / BARK
Abby Brown Female, / 19 /, Paddleboard /Infinity
Ryan Funk Male / 16 / SupTech / Starboard
Giorgio Gomez Male / 21 / Sup Tech & Sup Surf / Infinity
Izzi Gomez Female / 17 / Sup Surf /Starboard
Noa Hopper Male, / 18 / Sup Distance / 404
Jade Howson Female / 14 / Sup Tech / Riviera
Emmy Merrill Female / 23 / Sup Surf / Hobie
Sean Poynter Male / 28 / Sup Surf / Starboard
Slater Trout Male / 21 / Sup Distance / Infinity
Fiona Wylde Female / 19 / Sup Distance / Starboard

Cloudbreak Awakens for ISA's SUP Surfing Finals Day #6
Get ready! The going is ABOUT to GET GOOD! Great competition on the horizon.

Sup Technical:
Men’s Open: Giorgio Gomez
Women’s Open: Candice Appleby
U18 Boys: Noa Hopper
U18 Girls: Jade Howson
40+ Men’s: Derek Hamasaki

Sup Surf:
Men’s Open: Sean Poynter
Women’s Open: Izzi Gomez
U18 Boys: Noa Hopper
U18 Girls: Scarlett Schremmer
40+ Men’s: Derek Hamasaki

Sup Distance:
Men’s Open: Noa Hopper
Women’s Open: Candice Appleby
U18 Boys: Noa Hopper
U18 Girls: Jade Howson
40+ Men’s: Karl Ring
40+ Women’s: Kristin Thomas

Prone Paddleboard:
Men’s Open: Jack Bark
Women’s Open: Abby Brown
U18 Boys: Zane Booth
U18 Girls: Kailyn Winter
40+ Men’s: Bart Schade
40+ Women’s: DJ O’Brien

Cloudbreak Awakens for ISA's SUP Surfing Finals Day #6
Starboard’s Zane Schweitzer stole the show in Fiji when in the final round of the sup surf competition, he found the perfect wave to showcase his ability in the final moments of competition putting him in first place.

About USA Surfing:

USA is the United States Olympic Committee and ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, Stand Up Paddling, Paddleboarding, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding. Surfing and Stand Up Paddleboarding will be in the 2019 Pan American Games and Surfing will be in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.