Freestyle Announces 2014 SUP Athletes

Freestyle, the original action sports watch manufacturer, is honored to announce its 2013/2014 SUP Team comprised of top athletes Slater Trout, Sean Poynter and Vanina Walsh.

As a performance brand that has been dedicated to providing the best watches for the surf and paddleboard community, Freestyle is excited to welcome these renowned and highly skilled athletes into the Freestyle family.

“Working alongside top athletes who share the ideals of competition, top performance, and being the best is a natural partnership for the Freestyle brand. Every watch Freestyle creates is developed with performance in mind, so to partner with some of the world’s premier SUP athletes, is an honor,” says Will Cox, Freestyle GM of Sales and Marketing.

Like their SUP sponsored athletes, Poynter, Walsh, and Trout, Freestyle watches pushes the limits and with this seasons’ line-up, is set to become the number one go-to watch brand for SUP athletes and enthusiasts.

Sean Poynter began surfing at the age of 10 when his family made the move from Ohio to Florida. In the summer of 2009, Poynter was introduced to standup paddling, and just a few months after catching his first wave on an SUP, he was jet-setting around the globe. Now based in San Diego, Poynter was crowned Gold medalist in SUP Surfing at the ISA World SUP and Paddleboarding Championships in Peru earlier this year.

“Freestyle products represent the epitome of what standup paddling is all about – performance!” Sean said. “What a compliment to both the sport and Freestyle to be sharing the same message throughout. I’m stoked to have Freestyle’s great watches on board. The time is right!”

Vanina Walsh hails from Hawaii, and has taken the ocean athletic world by storm for being one of the world’s best in paddle surfing, longboarding, short boarding and SUP racing.
Some of her most memorable SUP accomplishments include first place in the 2013 SUP Jr. Pro competition, second place in the Women’s Division of the Standup World Tour’s Hawaii event in 2012, and first place in the Girls’ Division of Battle of the Paddle California 2011.

Vanina is excited in her new journey of joining the Freestyle team, as the watches have been a part of her training and career. “Freestyle watches aren’t just the best surfing watches on the market, they are fashionable too,” she said. They come in all my favorite colors which make it easy for me to stay fashionable in and out of the water.”

Known as the future of SUP, at just 18-years-old, Slater Trout has found himself competing with and succeeding against athletes double his age. Slater’s passion lies in standup paddling: “Freestyle watches play an important role in my training; SUP competitions, and everyday life. Cell phones die in the water, so without my Freestyle watch, I would be late to everything.”

In celebration of these athletes joining the competition team, Freestyle is releasing new watch styles from their most popular collections, The Classic Tide and The Predator. “We are proud to support and work side by side with such inspiring athletes who truly are influential leaders of their sport. Slater, Sean and Vanina are very important to our mission of developing performance based products with a purpose and we look forward to injecting their feedback into future product development,” says Cox.

The Classic Tide is known for its ocean measurement and tide capabilities. Water resistance to 100 meters, it can display tide data from over 150 beaches worldwide. With sunrise/sunset time settings, a stopwatch, countdown timer, alarms, and more, the newest Classic Tide watch retails for $95.

The latest Predator watch is a favorite amongst SUP athletes due to features including a pacer to monitor the cadence of their paddling, a stopwatch, and a countdown timer. It is also water resistant up to 100 meters and retails for $55.

For more information about the new athletes and watches, visit: FreestyleUSA.com