ISA SUP Technical Races Spark Action-Packed Day in Riyue Bay


WANNING, China – The SUP Technical races sparked an action-packed fifth day of competition at the 2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship at Riyue Bay in Wanning, China. The Men’s and Women’s Semifinals ran to qualify athletes for the Finals to take place on Wednesday, set to award the first racing medals of the event.

Two qualification slots for the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima are up for grabs for the top finishing man and woman from the Americas in the SUP Technical Race Finals. Three ISA SUP Gold Medalists, USA’s Connor Baxter, Denmark’s Casper Steinfath, and France’s Tituoan Puyo, took the top qualification spots in the Men’s Semifinals.

“The course was really fun,” said Baxter. “We got downwinds, upwinds, a surf break, and a beach run. It’s really technical. The competition has gone up and up every year. All the nations are getting more serious about SUP and training their teams, so the Finals tomorrow will be packed with talent. A win tomorrow will not only be a Gold for the team, but also a spot in the Pan Americans. It’s not just a personal Gold Medal, there is much more at stake.”

Steinfath’s time of 32:19 was the fastest of the day, giving him a strong push heading into finals Day. USA’s Candice Appleby, the 2015 ISA Technical Race Gold Medalist, finished the day with the fastest heat time for the women with 36:51. Australia’s Shakira Westdorp, who won an unprecedented third consecutive SUP Surfing Gold Medal on Monday, won the second Women’s Semifinal and Japan’s Yuka Sato won the third Semifinal.

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Men’s Technical Race Qualifiers. | Photos: ISA / Sean Evans / Pablo Jimenez

Great Britain’s Marie Buchanan put on a gutsy performance after stepping on an urchin during the SUP Surfing rounds. Despite her injury, Buchanan managed to finish fifth in her SUP Technical Race Semifinal to qualify directly to the Final.

“I’ve been hobbling around after stepping on an urchin,” said Buchanan. “The adrenaline definitely got me through. I was determined to qualify and not have to compete twice in the Repechage Round.

“This is my sixth time competing at the ISA Worlds. I’ve made the top six, but I have never won a medal. I would be totally stoked to place on the podium.”

The top five finishers from each of the three Semifinals qualified for the Finals on Wednesday, with the rest of the field competing in a Repechage heat that would qualify an additional five athletes for the Final. A grand total of 20 competitors will be competing in the SUP Technical Race Finals.

Notably, Team Iran and China made their first SUP Racing appearances in the history of the event today in the Women’s and Men’s SUP Technical Race. None of the Chinese and Iranian athletes qualified for finals day, however their participation marks a watershed moment for the growth and development of SUP in Asia.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

“After crowning SUP Surfing World Champions yesterday, we went straight into the exciting SUP Technical Races here in China. The Technical Races have attracted the top talent from all continents of the globe, looking to put a Gold Medal around their neck. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will make history, as we will not only crown the first SUP World Champions in China, but also the first Under-18 SUP World Champions. Everything indicates that this will be a must-see day of SUP Racing.”

The ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will be streamed live on Nov 23 – Dec 2.

isa china tech race candice terrene jimenezCandice Appleby (left) and Terrene Black (right) head-to-head in their qualifying race. | Photo: Pablo Jimenez

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Women’s technical race qualifiers. | Photos: ISA / Pablo Jimenez / Sean Evans

Technical Race Men Finalists

  1. Connor Baxter USA
  2. Martin Vitry FRA
  3. Daniel Hasulyo HUN
  4. Sam McCollough AUS
  5. Claudio Nika ITA
  6. Casper Steinfath DEN
  7. Bruno Hasulyo HUN
  8. Leonard Nika ITA
  9. Trevor Tunnington NZL
  10. Harry Maskell AUS
  11. Titouan Puyo FRA
  12. Kenny Kaneko JPN
  13. Christian Andersen DEN
  14. Oliver Houghton NZL
  15. Vinnicius Martins BRA
  16. Kota Kayashima JPN
  17. Rafael Sirvent ESP
  18. Guilherme Cunha BRA
  19. Aaron Rowe GBR
  20. Tyler Bashor USA

Technical Race Women Finalists

  1. Candice Appleby USA
  2. Terrene Black AUS
  3. Amandine Chazot FRA
  4. Takayo Yokoyama JPN
  5. Marie Buchanan GBR
  6. Shakira Westdorp AUS
  7. Laura Quetglas ESP
  8. Fiona Wylde USA
  9. Tarryn King RSA
  10. Tara Hope NZL
  11. Yuka Sato JPN
  12. Olivia Piana FRA
  13. Jessika Matos de Souza BRA
  14. Caroline Küntzel DEN
  15. Sheila Sirvent ESP
  16. Caterina Stenta ITA
  17. Ginnie Odetayo GBR
  18. Nicoline Rasmussen DEN
  19. Laura Dal Pont ITA
  20. Ariel Amaral CAN

Junior Race Men

  1. Sam McCullough AUS
  2. Noic Gariou FRA
  3. Oliver Houghton NZL
  4. Ryan Funk USA
  5. Guilherme Cunha BRA
  6. Christian Andersen DEN
  7. Riccardo Rossi ITA
  8. Kei Komatsuyama JPN
  9. Henco Scholtz RSA
  10. Maui Sach GER
  11. Lucas Boyum SWE
  12. Ben Moreham GBR
  13. Aarón Sánchez ESP
  14. Seymour Jack Kelly HKG
  15. Huang Wanglong CHN
  16. Shih, Meng-Chun TPE

Junior Race Women

  1. Abbie Walkerdene AUS
  2. Melanie Lafenetre FRA
  3. Maddie McAsey NZL
  4. Jade Howson USA
  5. Caroline Küntzel DEN
  6. Laura Dal Pont ITA
  7. Miu Kogai JPN
  8. Karisa Grace RSA
  9. Hannah-Leni Krah GER
  10. Elle Veale GBR
  11. Aida Soberbio ESP
  12. Veronika Savonova RUS
  13. Jim Nga Woon Jade HKG
  14. Mi Jiachen CHN

For the day 5 recap check out the video below.