It was a great showing for team SIC at the 2017 Pan American Claro Games in Lima, Peru. The event had record high participation with 15 national teams and a total of 220 athletes all traveling to the shores of Punta Rocas to compete for titles. After a fierce five day long competition, SIC Maui Brazilian Global Athlete Caio Vaz and Puerto Rican Ambassador Mariecarmen Rivera both took home medals in their respective categories, beating out top SUP talents from the Americas.
The legendary waves of Punta Rocas set the stage for Caio Vaz’s dominating performance. In the final round, Caio beat out local talent Sebastián Gómez to win gold in the Men’s SUP Surf championship. In an interview with Pan American Surf Organization Caio shared his excitement.
“I want to thank everyone who supports me, my friends, my family and my girlfriend. I’ve been surfing SUP for eight years, but I have surfed shortboard forever. I really like to surf waves from Punta Rocas because they’re long and have a lot a surface to maneuver, so it makes me really happy to get this victory,” said Caio.
SIC Maui ambassador Mariecarmen Rivera from Puerto Rico made a name for herself in the Women’s SUP Technical Race, battling athletes from team Brazil to win a well deserved silver medal. After returning home and looking back on the event, she shared a few words about the experience.
"This competition was wonderful with a lot of adrenaline and a little difficult because at the end we have to surf a 4-5ft short break like the PPG. When I arrived to the shore and saw all my teammates with the flag of Puerto Rico, cheering and very pumped, I was very excited because this was the first medal to Puerto Rico, and all the team was there. As a team we celebrated this triumph together. This event was cool, good vibes, different cultures and paddling styles. I learned a lot from this competition," said Mariecarmen.
Congratulations to Caio and Mariecarmen for their incredible performances in Peru.
Photo courtesy: PASA/Paolo López Zubiaurr
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