From SUP Magazine www.supthemag.com
Surfing America recently announced its team to compete in the International Surfing Association’s (ISA) 2012 Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard World Championships, Feb. 20-25 in Miraflores (Lima, Peru). It’s the first event of its kind pitting individual standup athletes together into a team event, much like the Davis Cup in tennis or golf’s Ryder Cup. The announcement comes on the heels of Team Australia’s release it would take a power-packed team led by 10-time traditional paddleboard world champ Jamie Mitchell.
The SUP World Championships encompasses long-distance racing, Battle of the Paddle-style races and surfing competitions as well as traditional paddleboard races to crown a team world champion. Each event will feature separate athletes and the points won during each event will go toward overall placing. Boards in all race divisions will be 12’6”. The event will conclude with a team relay (two men, two women). The athletes participating in the relay will be selected by coaches based on their results from the event.
U.S. representatives include Colin McPhillips and Sean Poynter (Surf), Danny Ching and Matt Becker (Elite Race), Rob Rojas (Distance, Ching will race Distance too) and Shane Skoggins (Traditional Prone Paddleboard, Rojas will also race in this division). Emmy Merrill will anchor the women’s team in surfing. Brandi Baksic will race Distance and Elite while Gillian Gibree will compete in the traditional paddleboard division.
Under ISA guidelines, Hawaii acts as a sovereign nation and represents with its own athletes. Expect a stacked team from that squad headed by Ranos Hayes.