Open racers at #PPG2016 approach the new year in style. Photo: Greg Panas

Open racers at #PPG2016 approach the new year in style. Photo: Greg Panas

SUP Stars' 2017 New Year's Resolutions

2016 was a year to remember in SUP racing. We saw Kai Lenny not only win Molokai but do so in record time, while on the women's side Sonni Hönscheid scored a historic three-peat. And speaking of consecutive titles, Candice Appleby and Connor Baxter pulled out back-to-back wins at the Pacific Paddle Games, with Appleby holding off strong challenges from Shae Foudy and Annabel Anderson and Baxter withstanding the efforts of Michael Booth and Travis Grant. In the Standup World Series, Fiona Wylde claimed her first world title, while Baxter squeaked past Casper Steinfath by the smallest margin in a contest that went down to the final race.

Can 2017 be even better? It's anyone's guess, but we caught up with some of the world's top paddling talents to see what they're hoping to achieve on the race circuit and in life in the New Year. –Phil White

Fiona Wylde

As 2016 comes to a close, I have a chance to look back on all the amazing experiences I’ve had. Without a doubt it’s been my best year yet in my stand up paddling career. I've learned so much about myself as a racer, competitor and traveler. All of which I look forward to continuing to improve as I go into 2017. At the end of this year I broke three bones in my foot during a windsurfing contest and am just starting to get back on the water. It definitely hasn't been easy, but as I come into a new year with new goals and ambitions, I aim to make not only my foot but also myself stronger than before. But above all else, my number one goal is to have fun and enjoy everything SUP has to offer.

Travis Grant

With a new baby, next year will be full of surprises I'm sure. Like any parent, I'm going to be learning as I go. My resolution for 2017 is to try and keep a healthy balance between my family, training, racing and work. I want to make sure that paddling remains fun and something I'm still competitive at. Every day I'm hoping to feel like I can't wait to surf or paddle before or after work. Then when it's time to race, I'll give it my best.

Shae Foudy

In 2017 I am really looking to step my game up as an overall athlete, mentally and physically. I haven't paddled for the past two months due to a knee injury, which has made me appreciate my health more than anything. This next year I want to be in my best shape but get to that point in a more safe and efficient way. When it comes to mental resolutions, tapping into meditation and goal envisioning is also something I will make habitual.

Travis Baptiste

My New Year's resolution is to enjoy my life and have fun. Last year I think we could all tell by my results I was getting burnt out from standup and wasn’t having enough fun changing it up. Recently I've been having a lot more fun not just training on the water but also surfing and diving a lot more. I’m also training for the firefighter test which will come at a random time, so I have to be ready. I hope to get back into the top five at Molokai 2017 as well.

Izzi Gomez

New Year…New Stand Up World Tour! I am excited to get the season started at Sunset Beach, one of my favorite waves. My main New Year’s resolution is to train really hard in 2017 and be the best human I can be in all aspects of life.

Trevor Tunnington

In 2017 I really want to get to know all the guys on the paddle scene better. I have made so many great friends this year with everyone on tour and I can’t wait to travel with them again! Apart from forming strong friendships with my fellow competitors, I would also like to improve my results from 2016. I think that if I'm training with the right people and training smart, I could increase my speed and endurance and hopefully take a few big wins.

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