Japan made a clean sweep on Day 1 of the Gran Canaria Pro Am Kaede Inoue and Kapono Fakuda claim the junior World Titles whilst the longboard division sees both SUP veterans and fresh faces advance into the quarter-finals.
When 16-year-old Kapono Fukuda scored a 9.07 in round one of the junior competition the fate of the competition was sealed. After dominating every heat onwards, the young Japanese surfer was crowned junior world champion on his debut on the APP World Tour and the international SUP scene.
The Japanese storm was in full force by the time the women’s junior final came as siblings Kaede and Sakura Inoue from Miyazaki came head-to-head. It was the eldest sister, 17-year-old Kaede, who emerged victorious in what could only be described as a dominating performance from start to finish. Both Kaede and Fakuda will compete in the professional division later this week and are expected to give the rest of the athletes a run for their money.
In the first two rounds of the longboard division, the standouts were SUP legends Zane Schweitzer and Leco Salazar and the third Inoue sibling, Taka Inoue, who beat Leo Gimenes to a spot in the quarter-finals when he scored a 8.47 in the final seconds of his heat.
The 2023 Busan SUP Open in South Korea showcased two action-packed days of Stand Up Paddling competition. On Day 1, Fernando Perez Serra emerged victorious in the sprints, sending a strong message about his rising talent. Kotaro Miyahira and Connor Baxter followed suit in 2nd and 3rd places. Day 2 featured a thrilling distance race, […]
Last year Japanese SUP Racer and new Starboard recruit Rai Tagushi left a lasting impression in the world SUP Racing community by securing a double win at the 1st edition of the Busan SUP Open in Korea, one of the most remarkable performances of the year 2022. As we approach the 2nd edition of this […]
[APP World Tour Press Release] The Han River provided the perfect setting for the 2023 APP‘s Asian Championship hosted by KAPP (Korean Association of Paddlesurf Professionals) in Seoul this past weekend. As Korea’s Capital City with 25 million residents, it was a fantastic opportunity for KAPP to provide a showcase of the sport to a […]
Daniel Hasulyo, Starboard Dream Team Rider, race board developer and SUP World Champ, returns to South Korea for the 2023 SUP Asian Championship hosted in Seoul by the APP‘s Korean partners, KAPP (Korean Association of Paddlesurf Professionals). On the eve of the event, TotalSUP caught up with Daniel to find out what drives him to […]
The APP World Tour returns to Korea from 13th – 14th May for the 2023 SUP Asian Championship hosted by the APP’s Korean partners, KAPP. The event will take place in the Capital City of Seoul, providing a new, exciting venue for athletes from all over Asia and the world. In the run up to […]
If there’s one word coming to mind when thinking of the SUP sensation Rai Taguchi, is RELENTLESS. His explosive comeback from the fall and exceptional buoy turn in the men’s Sprint final at the APP World Tour’s Busan stop went viral and the SUP world is paying close attention. With the industry being positively shaken […]
Over the past month, Starboard has been working hard behind the curtains to present a very competitive line-up of international athletes for 2023. With future recruitment announcements by the Tiki brand still on hold (drums…), 3 athletes and 1 adventurer have already been announced to make their entrance in the Dream Team: SUP racers Alba […]
The finale of the 2022 APP SUP Racing World Tour saw April Zilg and Connor Baxter claim the World Titles while Shuri ‘Shrimpy’ Araki and Mélanie Lafenêtre got their first win on an APP World Tour event to close a sensational season! Recap, Results, overall World Rankings, highlights and full LIVE FEED presented by Travis […]
Ahead of Alicante SUP Open, the 5th stop of the APP World Tour and the final battle of the 2022 SUP racing season, TotalSUP caught up with Daniel Parres, World Champion, NSP National Team Rider and the Founder of one of the biggest, most thriving SUP clubs in the world and also the organiser of the […]
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