Welcome to my new website! This site will start as a home for news and updates regarding my upcoming trip to Fiji for the ISA World SUP Championships and will shift into my full time blog/website when I return. Thanks for checking it out!
5 weeks until I leave to take part in the biggest race of my life! The ISA World SUP Championships have been held previously in Peru, Nicaragua and Mexico while this year's event is held in Fiji. Each country can send up to 2 males and 1 female to compete in each race or surf event(and yes it is a bit ridiculous that gender equality hasn't made it's way into this competition). The events include: SUP Distance, SUP Technical, SUP Surf, Prone Distance and Prone Technical. I will be competing in both the SUP Distance and SUP Technical events.
The Canadian team is made up of plenty of familiar faces and I'm excited to make this trip with a really great group of people. Here's the team breakdown:
Mike Darbyshire - SUP Distance and SUP Technical
Jason Bennett - SUP Distance
Ryan Knysh - SUP Technical
Lina Augaitis - SUP Distance and SUP Technical
Rob Kavcic - Prone Distance and Prone Technical
David Jianu - Prone Distance and Prone Technical
Alison Wood - Prone Distance and Prone Technical
Jeffrey Spencer - SUP Surf
Finn Spencer - SUP Surf
Catherine Bruhwiler - SUP Surf
The SUP Distance event is set up as a point A to B paddle from the world famous surf spot Cloudbreak, back to Fiji's main Island, Denarau. The paddle maps out to about 20km and should include some wind and waves, although it is primarily sheltered by Fiji's barrier reefs. I will be racing this course alongside my fellow Canadian Team Member, Jason Bennett. Initially, I felt that this race wouldn't be my strongest event but as the season has progressed I've been feeling better and better throughout longer distance paddles. I've been thinking more about some of the variables like the heat, wind and water conditions that will likely make this a challenging 20km race.
The SUP Technical event is a much shorter race but one that involves more intensity, skills, cardio and a bit of luck. This course is a beach course that will likely include a running start, multiple buoy turns and maybe a little bit of surf. This type of racing is a lot of fun to watch and to be a part of. Racing this event for Canada along with myself is Ryan Knysh. This event is one that I am more familiar/experienced in. I've done this kind of distance plenty of times and I've got the skills to handle myself through the corners. The challenge here will be trying to navigate the course with packs of the best paddlers in the world.
So with 5 weeks to go before I fly out to Fiji, I'm focusing on getting in some final weeks of good hard training to make sure I am in top shape heading to the event. I have a rough idea of where I can probably expect to place in this event but I haven't spent too much time thinking about that yet. My goal is to get myself into the best shape I can for paddling and see where that puts me in the end. Check back later this week for my next post about some of the ways I have been training for the event! Thanks!