TEAM FRANCE CROWNED ISA CHAMPIONS, SPAIN VICE-CHAMPIONS


 
Final day in Puerto Rico: Team France claimed gold in today’s mixed team relay to cement their spot on top of the team standings. Featuring Melanie Lafenetre on the women’s SUP leg and anchored by superstar Noic Garioud – who won his fourth medal of the championships – France vanquished their rivals to claim a second overall ISA title (matching their result at the last ISA Worlds in El Salvador 2019).

Featuring their new hero Shrimpy on the anchor leg, Team Japan capped off their epic week by winning the relay silver to jump ahead of Brazil into 4th on the overall leaderboard — easily their best ever result at the Worlds.

Spain finished their extraordinary ISA campaign with a bronze in the relay that saw them jump ahead of star-studded Team USA to claim a well-deserved second place on the team standings. The United States could have held on for the team silver but were DQ’d and lost all their relay points after missing a flag on the beach run.

Click here for the complete results sheet from each event.

ISA Worlds distance race: 19-year-old Duna Gordillo and 16-year-old “Shrimpy” claim incredible wins to herald the new generation


 
In brief: Spain’s Duna Gordillo has upset her teammate Espe Barreras while 16-year-old Shuri “Shrimpy” Araki from Japan overpowered Titou and Boothy to win gold in the ISA distance race in Puerto Rico today.

Duna crossed the line in utter disbelief before being mobbed by her teammates, producing some of the most iconic images of the event and symbolising a changing of the guard as the “new wave” of young talent starts to take over the sport.

Duna photo credit: @pablofrancostudio / race photo credits: @waterworkmedia

As the ISA Worlds begin in Puerto Rico, so too does a generational shift in women’s racing

Duna Gordillo was just five years old when Jenny Kalmbach won the 2008 Battle of the Paddle, an event that kickstarted modern SUP racing. This week, the two women will verse each other at the ISA Worlds in Puerto Rico where the clear theme is a battle of generations.

Duna, now aged 19 and representing the increasingly-powerful Team Spain, has been one of the standout performers on the European circuit this season and heads to Puerto Rico a serious medal contender after taking junior silver at the last ISA Worlds in El Salvador 2019. Jenny, more than double the young Spaniard’s age at 39, hasn’t raced competitively in years and by her own admission only started training on a race board again 12 weeks ago. But there’s no substitute for experience in surf racing, so if we get some waves then anything’s possible.
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The kids are taking over 😳 avg. age on the 12 Towers men’s podium? 16 years, 4 months…

Want to hear a scary statistic? The average age on the men’s podium in yesterday’s 12 Towers downwind event was 16 years, 4 months.

That’s an age when most kids are still a year away from graduating high school. An age when you’re not even supposed to drink, let alone win an international ocean race. This stat is all the more extraordinary given a) the mature level of talent that finished behind the top three, and b) that ocean racing requires endurance and experience — two things that often come with age.

But despite technically being classified as “boys,” Noic Garioud, Ty Judson and Shuri “Shrimpy” Araki paddled like men at this year’s 12 Towers Ocean Festival. Noic is just 17 years of age. Shrimpy is only 13. For some context: fourth-place James “Jimmy” Casey seems positively ancient at 28.   → READ MORE

12 TOWERS: Noic Garioud puts on a masterclass, Karla Gilbert wins title #7 and a 13-year-old shocks the veterans

Noic “Chicken” Garioud and Karla Gilbert have claimed the 12 Towers ocean race in Australia today, with more than 150 paddlers enjoying a firing downwind run along Queensland’s famed Gold Coast to cap off a big weekend at Australia’s premiere paddling event.

Nobody got near Noic. The New Caledonian was in a league of his own. It was a masterclass. A clinic. A dominant performance from a 17-year-old athlete who shows maturity well beyond his years both on and off the water. Noic was reading the bumps so well that he probably took fewer paddle strokes than anyone else in the race. ⁣   → READ MORE