First World Champions crowned at 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship
Four World Champions have been crowned after the third day of competition at the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, with the finals of the SUP and Paddleboard Technical races drew to their conclusions.
Team Denmark’s Casper Steinfath has made history by earning a third gold medal in the SUP Technical Race, coming from behind in the last leg of the race to emerge victorious, denying Kai Lenny victory in his maiden competiton.
Steinfath is also the Vice President of the ISA and Chairman of the ISA Athletes Commission, which reflects not only his sporting prowess, but also his great leadership position in the sport.
Australia also earned two gold medals, with Matt Poole and Harriet Brown winning the Men’s and Women’s Paddleboard Technical races, respectively. New Zealand also grabbed a gold, with Penelope Armstrong taking victory in the Women’s SUP Technical event.
Fernando Aguerre, President of the ISA had his say on the medal haul, saying:
“What an amazing day of historic racing at Cloudbreak! The first Gold Medalists of the event and the first SUP World Champions ever crowned in Fiji made this a truly special day.
“Casper Steinfath is an amazing athlete and put on a gutsy performance to come from behind on the final stretch and earn his third gold medal in the Technical Race. We are so fortunate to have an athlete of his calibre who also has the poise and maturity to make a valuable contribution to our sport as a leader in the ISA.”
There was also another historic moment, as India’s first ever SUP athlete competed in the Women’s SUP Technical race. Although Tanvi Jagadish was lapped in the event, she put in an excellent effort, which was not lost on the crowd who cheered her over the line. Her participation in the event signals the positive SUP growth and development in India.
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