In late 2018, for a brief moment there, the eyes of every SUP racing fan in the world were locked on one young man: Guilherme dos Reis from Brazil. Guilherme, or just "Gui" as he's known, was leading the final of the Pacific Paddle Games aka the biggest race of the year. The traditional "Super Bowl" event that took over from the Battle of the Paddle and kept southern California as the centre of the sport for a few more years. It was a big deal.
PanAms in Panama: Brazil and Argentina win gold, Canada’s comeback queen qualifies for Santiago 2023
With all the buzz building ahead of next weekend's big double header in Carolina and Spain, let's not forget that another important event is happening right now... The Pan American Surfing Games - sort of like the "ISA Worlds of the Americas" - are being held in Panama this week as a second-chance qualifier for the 2023 PanAm Games in Santiago, Chile - sort of like the "Olympics of the Americas"
The pre-season shuffle is virtually complete with nearly a dozen athletes changing teams ahead of the international race season. I call it "Trade Week" in honour of the big sporting leagues (NBA, AFL, etc) that have set periods each year where players can be poached by rival teams. SUP athlete
Good morning and welcome back to Brekkie Bites, your daily dose of SUP news that I loosely aim to publish at 7:07am GMT every single day (have you figured out the symbolism of 707 yet?). Here's the latest.
In brief: Brazil has made an almost perfect start to the 2017 Pan American Surf Games in Peru, an "ISA Worlds of the Americas" style event that also acts as a warm-up for the 2019 PanAm
Michael Booth Overpowers Titouan Puyo and Star-Studded Field to Claim Marathon Gold for Team Australia in Fiji
Michael Booth has cemented his reputation as the world's best distance paddler, outlasting France's Titouan Puyo and an all-star c