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Wednesday, Sept. 19th, 2018
The first day of the APP World Surfing Tour’s competition in Long Beach, New York brought together a vast pool of talent the likes of which a SUP Surf contest has never seen before, much less in such close proximity to the island of Manhattan.
World Class SUP Surfing athletes including Kai Lenny, Mo Freitas, Zane Schweitzer, Leco Salaza, Izzi Gomez, Shakira Westdorp and Candice Appleby came to the beach to put on display the razzle and dazzle of what a SUP Surfing competition can look like when held to a standard and structure like that of the APP World Tour.
Chasing the World Title dream, athletes from all over the globe gathered on the sand and in the surf in Long Beach, New York.
The Men’s first rounds were held in small, clean surf with the athletes making the most of the optimal conditions by using their 20-minute heats to score many waves and put their trademark moves to the test.
Mo Freitas shone brightly as well as Izzi Gomez and other renowned surfers from an international cast. The Men’s Rounds stretched into the heat of the day with good battles between professional athletes like Mo Freitas and Zane Schweitzer, as well as Airton Cozzolino and Alex Pinto.
Working hard to maintain momentum in the two foot surf, the men drew lines along the wave faces, turned cutbacks into 360s and found ways to connect the peaks for maximum wave rideage. Standouts from a full day of action also included 2012 World Champion Leco Salazar and Wildcards Wellington Reis and Luiz Diniz from Brazil.
On land, surf coach and legendary surfer Ian Cairns watched carefully as the surfers threaded their way across the sandbars, found areas to pump and grind their paddles deep into the waves for high performance top turns and to maximize their respective performances.
On the female side of things, it’s hard not to notice the supreme young talent of Izzi Gomez who, even in small surf with considerable wind texture on it, found ways to gather momentum and slash her way down the the line.
Her competitors included Australia’s impressive talent Shakira Westdorp, Portugal’s waterwoman Nicole Pacelli, Hawaii’s Annie Reickert and the USA’s Candice Appleby.
Looking strong and focused in the surf, Izzi used both knowledge and skill to perform at the highest level, reading the wave, surfing with style and leveraging her already legendary style to maneuver herself into and out of some pretty tricky situations.
You can watch each day’s action go down LIVE at www.appworldtour.com
Written by Evelyn O’Doherty Online Editor / APP World Tour
Men’s Round #1 Advancement and Standings: SUP Surf Competition
Join us for Day #2 of the APP World Surfing Tour by watching the Men’s & Women’s action go down LIVE on Thursday, Sept. 20th in Long Beach from 7am EST at www.appworldtour.com
Men’s Round #2 Advancement: SUP Surfing competition
Watch the athletes start their 2018 World Title campaign LIVE at www.appworldtour.com
Women’s Advancement: Round 1 of Surf competition
We have a 7:00AM start time scheduled for Thursday, September 20th. Please join us for the LIVE BROADCAST at www.appworldtour.com
The APP World Tour is the Professional World Championship Tour for the Sport of Paddlesurfing (also known as SUP / Stand Up Paddling / Paddleboarding), officially sanctioned by the IOC recognized Federation for Surfing Sports, the ISA (International Surfing Association). Re-branded in 2017 as the APP World Tour (previously known as the Stand Up World Tour and Series) the APP has been crowning the sport’s World Champions for both Men & Women across Racing and Surfing since 2010.
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