07
Dec.2018

SIC Global Athletes Medal At 2018 ISA World SUP & Paddleboard Championship

 

Photo by: ISA / Pablo Jimenez

Global Athletes Martin Vitry (FRA), Jade Howson (USA), and Caio Vaz (BRA), alongside Regional Ambassador Alexis Deniel (FRA) and Youth Development Team Rider Guilherme Cunha (BRA) represented their home countries and SIC on a global stage at the 2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. The weeklong competition was nothing short of fierce, with the world’s best racers making their way to Wanning, China to compete for gold.

SUP Surfing

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Pro Men

The first days were dedicated to the SUP surfing division - where Caio Vaz was ready to pull out out the stops for his home country of Brazil. Following several days of surfing Caio ended up proudly winning bronze for Brazil.

Photo by: ISA / Pablo Jimenez

Alexis Deniel of Team France finished 16th in the final SUP Surf rankings.

Technical Races

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Pro Men

The Technical Races kicked off on Day 5 of the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. Global Athlete Martin Vitry finished 2nd in his heat, securing his spot in the finals the following day where he proudly finished in 5th place against the world’s top racers.

Photo by: ISA / Pablo Jimenez (bottom left) / Sean Evans (top, bottom right)

Jr. Pro Men

Junior Pro athlete Guilherme Cunha, who competed in both the Pro and Jr. Pro divisions, held his own against the elite to ultimately earn a spot in the pro technical finals alongside his fellow SIC teammate. Guilherme crossed the finish line in 20th place out of 40 in the pro finals. In the Jr. Pro division, Guilherme finished 7th out of 16.

Photo by: ISA / Sean Evans

Pro Women

3X Swiss SUP Champion and mother of 2, Lidvina Champendal-Stragiotti represented her home country for the second time at the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship this year. Lidvina finished 8th in her heat and 22nd overall in the Women's Technical Race.

Photo by: ISA / Pablo Jimenez

Jr. Pro Women

Holding it down for the SIC women in China, Jade Howson from California dominated in the Jr. Pro division and won the Technical Race.

“My race was so cool and different,” shared Jade. “I had a new set of competition and new waters to compete in. The most challenging part of the race was not knowing who I was up against. At home, I compete against mainly the same people, so I know who I’m up against. Here, I hadn’t competed against any of the girls on the start list. It was fun and challenging to have a new set of racers.”

Photo by: ISA / Pablo Jimenez (left) / Sean Evans (right)

Despite the challenges of racing in a new place, against a whole different roster of racers, Jade was able to pull out the victory for herself and Team USA. Flying fast on her RS ‘Rocket Ship’, she comfortably finished first against her fellow female racers to clinch the gold.

“The best part has been being with the team, we have such a good group of athletes this year and we are like a family,” continued Jade. “My board was rocket fast as always, and I shared it with Guilherme, so it was cool to see him go fast on it too. It worked beautifully in the wind and surf, I couldn’t have had a better board under my feet. Winning gold this year feels amazing. I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to represent my country through my favorite sport.”

SUP Sprints

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Women

Competing against some of the fastest female paddlers from around the world - many several years her senior - lightning speed Jade Howson picked up a bronze medal in the Sprints for the second year in a row.

SUP Distance

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Men

In the Distance Race, Martin finished in 7th place for Team France out of 40 racers, battling neck and neck with USA’s Connor Baxter in the final stretch of the race.

Overall Team

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SIC Global Athletes Jade Howson (USA) and Martin Vitry (FRA) both helped secure podium spots for their home countries. Team USA won silver while Team France took bronze to close out the 2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.

Congratulations to all the SIC athletes on amazing performances in China! See below for more photos from the ISA World Championship.

More Photos

Martin Vitry hits the sand during the Technical Race heats. Photo by: ISA / Sean Evans

Jade Howson leads a pack in the Sprint Race. Photo by: Sean Evans

Martin Vitry keeping his foot on the gas during the Distance Race. Photo by: Pablo Jimenez

Jade Howson with Team USA.

Caio Vaz and Guilherme Cunha with Team Brazil.

Martin Vitry and Alexis Deniel with Team France.

Jade Howson (left) and Martin Vitry (right) representing their home countries in China.