Board of choice: RS 12.6
One of the newest additions to the SIC Global Team is the impressive fifteen-year-old Jade Howson. Born and raised in Laguna Beach, California, the young stand up paddle phenom is already making a name for herself within the global SUP world.
Jade started paddling when she was just seven years old, exploring the local coves, learning the ropes of the sport, and spending time in the ocean. She competed in her first event, Battle of the Paddle, when she was nine years old and won her division. Instantly, she was hooked. It was more than just the racing, it was the ocean lifestyle and experience that paddling provided. Since that initial event, Jade has continued to dominate in the SUP racing arena. In the past year, the 10th grader competed in over fifteen events, placing top three or above in her age division in each one. Within these, Jade entered into both Junior Pro and Pro Elite events, taking as high as third place in the Pro Elite field. Having competed against some of the world’s top female athletes, Jade knows that strong performance depends on dedication to improvement. She consistently trains four days a week in the water, along with two days of crossfit. Her goal is to become the strongest athlete, waterwoman, and professional paddler that she can be.
The young talent has traveled to Santa Cruz, Hood River, Hawaii, Tahiti, and Denmark to compete, and as a result has started to develop a strong passion for traveling the world. She hopes to learn and see as much of the world as possible. Outside of paddle boarding, surfing, and SUP surfing, Jade also spends time playing the guitar and ukulele and attends Laguna Beach High School.
Although Jade is a new member of the SIC team, her ties to the team go back much further. In 2014, SIC Global Athlete and British Columbia native Lina Augaitis, known within the community as “The People’s Champion,” was one of the fastest flat water paddlers in the world. 2014 was a massive year for Lina, winning titles in just about every premiere racing event, but, ironically it was a pretty important one for little Jade Howson too. That was the year that the Canadian paddle board powerhouse and soon-to-be young breakout SUP star crossed paths.
In 2014, Lina received elite coaching from SIC team rider and downwind shaman Jeremy Riggs as well as surfing legend Ian Cairns. They taught her how to navigate some of the heaviest, gnarliest waves that the Pacific Paddle Games and Battle of the Paddle events had ever seen. She trained with Riggs and Cairns during those months between the two Southern California events, so by October, she was prepared and fought her way to victory at Battle of the Paddle. It just so happens that during those training months, Lina stayed with the Howson family in Laguna beach, and just may have managed to inspire the young 12-year-old Jade Howson. In three short years, Jade has emerged as one of the best female youth professionals that can rival the world’s top women professional athletes.
Now an official SIC Athlete herself, Jade is bringing things full circle for these two exceptional female SUP athletes. She is following Lina’s footsteps and picking up event titles left and right as she battles around the globe on her board. And at 15 years old, this seems to only be the beginning.
“Train hard, play harder, and enjoy life” - Jade Howson
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