The second day of competition saw an exciting race that came down to the wire as Australia’s Jamie Mitchell paddled his way to another big win, claiming the Gold Medal for the second time in two years during the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship SUP Distance Race. Wins, and points toward the team title, kept adding up for Australia as they looked to defend their World Championship Title.
Denmark’s Casper Steinfath had an impressive race as well, with a second place finish, nearly catching Mitchell at the finish line. Steinfath struggled to stay with the pack leaders the first half of the race, but the 19-year-old continued to chip away at the lead pack. Steinfath wanted to place in the top five so he was elated to finish just behind Mitchell. “I just went for it and didn’t look back,” said Steinfath, “I’m just really happy to finish in second place.”
Australia’s Angela Jackson won the women’s SUP race. Jordan Mercer ended first in the prone while Ben Gaul rounded out the day atop the men’s prone podium, completing a clean sweep by Australia, as the world’s best paddling team continued their dominance from last year’s World Championships.
Fernando Stalla of Mexico took the Bronze Medal, rounding out the top three finishers in the men’s SUP Distance Race while Olivia Piana (FRAN) and Shannon Bell (Can) finished 2nd and 3rd on the women’s side, respectively .
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