Standup paddling continues to gain more popularity among the general public, and mainstream media is paying attention. If you haven’t noticed, lately, some of SUP’s top athletes have been spotted in high-profile news outlets, from Gilligan Gibree‘s recent cover shot on yoga’s top publication, to Slater Trout in the Huffington Post and a handful of gossip mags, mainstream media is sharing the publicity love with SUP. ESPN has picked up on the SUP buzz, too, with their espnW profile on our SUP Awards' Top Female Paddler of 2012, Candice Appleby. The article is part of ESPN's "Hot Shots" series, which profiles athletes in summer sports that "may be under the radar."

Appleby has made waves in the sport since she began competing, winning countless events and giving the men a run for their money. ESPN gives credit where it's due, describing Appleby as some of the world's top female athletes rolled into one competitive, yet gracious package:
"In the world of stand-up paddling, Appleby is Abby Wambach, Serena Williams, Brittney Griner and Danica Patrick all rolled into one. She’s talented, fiercely competitive, tremendously well-respected and a true ambassador of the sport. Oh, and she’s also not afraid to leave the guys in her wake."

True that, ESPN. —SC

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