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INDUSTRY NEWS: Baxter Sets the Bar High on Opening Day of ICF SUP World Championships

September 9th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “INDUSTRY NEWS: Baxter Sets the Bar High on Opening Day of ICF SUP World Championships”

American Connor Baxter set fastest times in both the technical and the sprint disciplines as the 2021 ICF Stand Up Paddling World Championships got underway in Hungary on Thursday.

The scene is set for thrilling finales in both events after tight racing on the opening day of competition in Balatonfured, but it was the American 2019 sprint champion who was the stand-out performer.

Baxter, who broke a SUP sprint world record at the 2019 ICF world championships, showed he had benefitted from some time away from the sport by posting the quickest time in the men’s technical and sprint quarter finals.

Baxter recorded a time of 5.05:18 in the technical, ahead of Peru’s Itzel Delgado in 5.07:05, and 51.46 seconds in his sprint quarter final.

“It gave me a lot of rest physically and mentally, I’ve been doing this for 12 years now so the motivation has been up and down,” Baxter said.

“The vibe is in here, the fire is lit up high, I’m proud to be representing the USA. I’ll be going for gold, but I’m also here to be having some fun.”

Baxter’s biggest challenge in the sprint may come from New Caledonia’s Noic Garioud, who was comfortably leading his quarter final before falling from his board near the finish. However he was able to climb back on and still managed to cross the line in second.

Spain’s Esperanza Barreras posted the fastest time in the women ‘s technical race quarter finals, but has the American duo of April Zilg and Fiona Wylde breathing down her neck. The Spaniard finished the course in 5.45:47, with Zilg winning her quarter final in 5.47:88.

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“I’m feeling more comfortable with every race, and I’m feeling more comfortable with the course,” Barreras said.

“The field is really really strong, so I think there could be a lot of surprises at the end. This place is incredible, the organisation is really professional, so I’m really happy to  be here.

“This type of event with more than 500 paddlers, it has not been normal for two years so we were all really nervous at the beginning, my stomach was so tight for the first heat. But we are all so happy to be here and enjoying being with everyone again.”

Russia’s Elena Prokhorova in a time of 1.05:42 recorded the fastest time in the women’s sprint quarter finals.

Friday will see finals in the men’s and women’s distance races.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Largest Ever SUP World Championships Starting in Hungary

September 8th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “INDUSTRY NEWS: Largest Ever SUP World Championships Starting in Hungary”

The largest stand up paddling world championships ever held gets underway in Hungary on Thursday, with more than 480 athletes from 50 countries set to compete in the International Canoe Federation titles in Balatonfured.

2019 world champions Michael Booth from Australia and American Connor Baxter will be back to defend their titles on Eastern Europe’s biggest inland lake, with the forecast of perfect racing weather. A large crowd is expected at the lake venue to cheer on Hungarian brothers Bruno and Daniel Hasulyo, silver and bronze medalists behind Booth in the men’s long distance race in Qingdao in 2019. Baxter set a world record in winning 200 metre sprint gold in China, and is expected to once again face a strong challenge from Italian silver medalist, Claudio Nika.

“I see him training a lot, but I am doing the same,” Nika said.

“Maybe we will have a good surprise this year. The atmosphere is super, the athletes are super excited, I really can’t wait to race the other guys and push the limits.

“We had a year of no competitions and it’s been hard to get the motivation back, but now it starts again and we are ready here to make it happen again.”

American Fiona Wylde will be looking to win her first ICF gold medal after winning bronze in the women’s sprint and technical races in Qingdao. Covid travel restrictions have prevented several Oceania athletes from travelling to Hungary, however ICF SUP co-ordinator Hoichan Kwon said the response from the SUP community to the world championships has been overwhelming.

“With all the uncertainty of the past 18 months we really had some nervous moments about hosting this year’s world championships,” Kwon said.

“But our Hungarian hosts have worked extremely hard to help make this event happen, and the athletes have responded.

“To have more than 480 athletes from 50 countries lining up on the start line is just phenomenal. Even though Covid has robbed us of a handful of world-class athletes, the quality of the start list this week is really impressive.”

Competition begins on Lake Balaton on Thursday with heats in the SUP technical and sprint races. The first medals will be decided on Friday with men’s, women’s, masters and junior long distance races.

The world championships will be streamed live on the canoeicf website and Planet Canoe youtube page from Friday. More details of the world championships can be found here.

Swonder Premium Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

October 20th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Swonder Premium Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board”

Swonder Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards are constructed with military-grade PVC with a drop-stitch system, ensuing in a very sturdy make. When amply overstated to the recommended 12 -1 5 PSI, the unique drop-stitch technology allows the air pressure to distribute evenly in the different regions of the top and bottom faces, constituting a stable deck. Swonder iSUP is firmer than most of the others in the market, so you can use it for a longer time without ousting a new one. Overall, this is a fun and inexpensive inflatable paddle board that is lightweight, rigid, and compress a ton of value. If you’re looking for a SUP Board in world markets, this is a solid choice.

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