Top Teams of the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships

The 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will host the best lineup of international talent to date. Photo: ISA/ Rommel Gonzales
The 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will host the best lineup of international talent to date. Photo: ISA/ Rommel Gonzales

Top Teams of the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships

It’s a landmark year for the International Surfing Association (ISA) World SUP and Paddleboard Championships. The running theme: Firsts in all forms. First ISA Worlds held in Sayulita, Mexico. First year when Australia’s dominance in the event will be rivaled by stacked talent on many countries’ team rosters. First time Team Hawaii will be competing since 2011. And for the first time ever, the legitimacy of the revamped ISA SUP sector is prompting the inclusion of standup paddleboarding in the 2019 Pan Am games, which will be sanctioned by the ISA.

The unprecedented preeminence of the 2015 ISA World Championships, which will take place May 10-17, is majorly attributable to a variety of countries stepping up the level of talent on their respective rosters. Here’s the breakdown of the anticipated elite.

 

USA SUP Team

Danny Ching (pictured here) is among the most prized assets of the US race team. Photo: Tom Servais
Danny Ching (pictured here) is among the most prized assets of the US race team. Photo: Tom Servais

No team exemplifies the elevated competitive prowess of its squad more than the USA SUP Team. US team coordinators, which this year consists of manager Greg Cruse, surf coach Ian Cairns and—the newest edition to the coaching squad—race coach Brody Welte, had no shortage of world-class athletes to chose from in selecting their squad. The team they locked in features arguably the best in the business for each event (see below for the complete roster). “As coaches, you can have the best strategy in the world, but if you don’t have the athletes then it really doesn’t matter,” Welte told SUP the mag. “We looked at the top races and SUP surf competitions and based our selection on results from those events. There area  lot of no-brainer picks on our team.”

USA Roster:

Men’s SUP Race
Danny Ching
Slater Trout
Chuck Glynn
 
Women’s SUP Race
Candice Appleby
 
Men’s Prone
Shane Scoggins
Steve Shlens
 
Women’s Prone 
Carter Graves 
 
Men’s SUP Surf
Sean Poynter
Dave Boehne
 
Women’s SUP Surf
Izzi Gomez
 
Coaches
Greg Cruse – Manager
Ian Cairns – Surf Coach
Brody Welte – Race Coach

Hawaiian SUP Team

Connor Baxter is traditionally a leader of the race pack in every event. But in this year's ISA WSUPPC, leadership won't be easy to come by.
Connor Baxter is traditionally a leader of the race pack in every event. But in this year’s ISA WSUPPC, leadership won’t be easy to come by.

Another contingent that promises fierce competition for this year’s event is the Hawaiian SUP Team, which after three years of absence from the ISA Worlds, officially confirmed its participation with a team assembled from some of the most accomplished SUP athletes on the planet. World Series champion Connor Baxter, Master of the Ocean  Zane Schweitzer, and King of the Santa Cruz Paddlefest Mo Freitas…’nuf said. Look for Team Hawaii to be at the front of the pack in all events of this year’s ISA Worlds.

Hawaii’s Roster:

Men's SUP Racing
Connor Baxter (Distance + Course)
Zane Schweitzer (Distance)
Mo Freitas (Course)

Women's SUP Racing
Rachel Bruntsch (Distance + Course)

Men's SUP Surfing
Zane Schweitzer
Mo Freitas

Women's SUP Surfing
Jenny "Waikiki Love" Lee

Men's Prone
Hunter Pflueger
Kai Hall

Women's Prone
Leane Darling

Team Manager
Matty Schweitzer

 

Australian SUP Team

Toby Cracknell is often considered one of the most underrated racers in the game. Toby's been training as hard as anyone this season, however, and only a fool would underestimate his ability to sweep the results come May.
Toby Cracknell is often considered one of the most underrated racers in the game. Toby’s been training as hard as anyone this season, however, and only a fool would underestimate his ability to sweep the results come May.

Despite the powerhouse squads presented by Hawaii and the USA this year, Australian SUP Team is as prepared as ever to deliver dominance. Racers Beau O'Brian, Toby Cracknell and 2013 Molokai champion, Terrene Black, are going to be tough as ever to match. Couple the race squad with a SUP surfing team that’s historically upheld unmatched performance, and the 2015 ISA World Championships in Sayulita, Mexico promises to be one of the tightest title battles to date.

Australia’s Roster:

Men's SUP Racing
Beau O'Brian (Distance + Course)
Toby Cracknell (Distance + Course)

Women's SUP Racing
Terrene Black (Distance + Course)

Men's SUP Surfing
Beau Nixon (Team Captain)
Jackson Close

Women's SUP Surfing
Emma Webb

Men's Prone
Rhys Burrows
Lachie Lansdown

Women's Prone
Jordie Mercer

 

Check out SUP the mag’s event preview of the 2015 ISA WSUPPC.

For more information on the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddlebaord Championships in Sayulita, Mexico, May 10-17, visit the International Surfing Association website.