USA Surfing Crowns First-Ever US SUP Champions

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USA SURFING CROWNS FIRST EVER SUP AND PADDLEBOARD CHAMPIONS

12 Men and Women Crowned in 4 Disciplines

USA SUP/ PADDLEBOARD International Travel Team is Selected for ISA World Games in Denmark First Time USA International Team Was Selected by Competition

San Clemente, CA – USA Surfing held the first ever SUP/Paddleboard Team Trials & Championships in Oceanside California, and Santa Cruz, California on June 16 and 17. Participation in every age group across all disciplines and in multiple locations led to an extremely competitive and exciting weekend of competition.

This weekend marks the first time ever that USA Surfing has crowned champions in SUP Technical, SUP Surf, SUP Distance and Paddleboarding. Additionally, USA SUP/Paddleboard are using this weekend’s results to select the international travel team that will represent the USA in the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships in Denmark, September 1-10.

"This weekend our sport took a big step forward. As a board, we set a path for us to elevate how we compete on the national stage and select our International Team by having open com- petition for anyone in the U.S. who wanted to try out," said Erik Logan, USA Surfing board mem- ber. "The overwhelming success of the event gives us great confidence heading into the world championships and the early planning for our 2018 event, which we are already looking to ex- pand by an additional day to accommodate the early demand."

The 2017 USA SUP / Paddleboard team features 7 returning ISA competitors, 4 world champi- ons and 5 first time competitors. The weekend competition gave opportunity to many elite paddlers and others the equal opportunity on the water to represent the United States.

The SUP Technical and Distance team is anchored by world champion and three-time ISA competitor Candice Appleby. Giorgio Gomez, Slater Trout and first-time team members Noa Hopper, Fiona Wylde, Ryan Funk and Jade Howson round out USA SUP's race teams.

"It was a historic weekend. We accomplished two huge goals. First we were able to crown sev- eral USA champions in various categories. Second, the athletes were given the opportunity to be selected to our international team for the ISA world championships through their perfor- mances,” said USA SUP/Paddleboard Head Coach, Brody Welte. “We have set a terrific foun- dation for us to build upon now and into the future."

USA SUP Surfing sends one of its deepest teams ever to Denmark with Sean Poynter, Izzi Gomez and Emmy Merrill owning a combined 5 world titles and 10 years of International com- petition experience as well adding 2016 ISA SUP Surf finalists Giorgio Gomez that only strengthens USA SUP Surfing's team.

"This weekends level of competition was world class. We are thrilled to see such strong performances from all the surfers." said Dave Boehne, USA SUP Surfing Coach. Boehne further added, "Having the leadership of Sean, Izzi and Emmy with their five world titles and Gio's finals experience of last year, I couldn't be more excited about the strength and depth of our team."

Concurrently, USA SUP / PADDLEBOARD held its trials in conjunction with the 16th annual Jay Race, in Capitola, California. This partnership was a win-win for USA SUP/PADDLEBOARD allowing the country's biggest paddlers the opportunity to race in a marque race for USA titles and spots on this year's USA ISA competition team.

With one of the biggest fields of the year, USA SUP / PADDLEBOARD brings Jack Bark and Abby Brown back to the team. “We had an incredible weekend of paddling and racing up in Santa Cruz and Capitola. The 16th Annual Jay Race proved to be a perfect event to decide our USA champions and team members as hundreds of prone paddlers converged to put it all out there", said Steve Shlens USA PADDLEBOARD Coach. Shlens added, "We had everything from glass to wind to bumps, as well as a few great white sightings! On the men’s side, Jack Bark, followed closely by Ben Brewer, came away with a huge win on this Jay course. For the women, Abby Brown once again put it all out there and got the win, followed just minutes later by Carter Graves. The men and women at this event really seized the day and showed how deep our prone paddling talent goes.”

Complete listing of 2017 USA SUP/PADDLEBOARD team:

Candice Appleby
Jack Bark
Abby Brown
Ryan Funk
Giorgio Gomez
Izzi Gomez
Noa Hopper
Jade Howson
Emmy Merrill
Sean Poynter
Fiona Wylde

"Watching the way this group of elite paddlers competed for spots on the US team was awe- some and something we've strived to achieve for many years," said Greg Cruse, CEO of USA Surfing. "Seeing broad participation across all the age groups and disciplines gives us great confidence in the further of our sport and continues to deepen and expand the participation,” Cruse added.

Complete listing of 2017 USA National Champions:

SUP Technical
Men’s Open: Giorgio Gomez
Women’s Open: Candice Appleby
U18 Boys: Noa Hopper
U18 Girls: Jade Howson
40+ Men’s: Derek Hamasaki

SUP Surf
Men’s Open: Sean Poynter
Women’s Open: Izzi Gomez
U18 Boys: Noa Hopper
U18 Girls: Scarlett Schremmer
40+ Men’s: Derek Hamasaki

SUP Distance:
Men’s Open: Noa Hopper
Women’s Open: Candice Appleby
U18 Boys: Noa Hopper
U18 Girls: Jade Howson
40+ Men’s: Karl Ring
40+ Women’s: Kristin Thomas

Paddleboard
Men’s Open: Jack Bark
Women’s Open: Abby Brown
U18 Boys: Zane Booth
U18 Girls: Kailyn Winter
40+ Men’s: Bart Schade
40+ Women’s: DJ O’Brien

USA is the United States Olympic Committee and ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the In- ternational Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, Stand Up Paddling, Paddleboarding, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding. Surfing and Stand Up Paddleboarding will be in the 2019 Pan American Games and Surfing will be in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics