In an unfortunate turn of events, Team USA will be conspicuously absent from the upcoming International Surfing Association’s Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard World Championships in Peru, February 24 to March 2. USA took second to Australia in the 2012 competition, which consists of 11 events in both the racing and surfing disciplines of SUP as well as prone paddleboarding.
Ian Cairns, the SUP surf coach for Team USA cited a lack of the $50,000 needed to send a full team of athletes, that included Candice Appleby and Colin McPhillips, and their equipment down to South America.
“(Some countries) have funding from the government to support their program,” Cairns said. “In America it’s always through private funding.”
Cairns and the athletes are disappointed with this unexpected turn but are already getting started on raising money for 2014.
“We can start saving tomorrow for next year’s team,” he said. “We’re not throwing our hands up and saying it’s impossible. We’re going to chip away doing fundraisers so by September we’ve got the money in the bank (for 2014).”
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