Full Report: Day 7 Sprints at the ISAs 2018

Team Brazil’s Arthur Santacreu and South Africa’s Tarryn King respectively charged to victory earning the Men’s and Women’s SUP Sprint Gold Medals at the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Wanning, China. The USA only won 2 bronze medals¬† and Australia only 1 in the Sprint Races,¬† the USA built upon their lead with five medals remaining to be awarded.Team New Zealand jumped up into the third position with Trevor Tunnington’s Silver Medal, closley trailed by Team France and Spain.
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After a morning of Quarterfinals and Semifinals at Shenzhou Peninsula, the Men’s SUP Sprint Final featured Arthur Santacreu (BRA), Connor Baxter (USA), Kenny Kaneko (JPN), Trevor Tunnington (NZL), Noic Gariou (FRA), and Claudio Nika (ITA).
Brazil’s Santacreu, who earned the SUP Sprint Bronze in 2017, continued his string of first place finishes through the qualifying heats and didn’t let up in the Final to earn the Gold.
“I am so grateful,” said Santacreu. “All my training worked really well.My team knows how to encourage me. Their support fully played a part in my Gold Medal.”
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New Zealand’s Trevor Tunnington followed with the Silver, USA’s Connor Baxter with the Bronze, and France’s 16-year-old Noic Gariou with the Copper. Notably missing from the Final was Denmark’s 2017 Men’s Gold Medalist, Casper Steinfath, who just missed out qualifying for the Final by three tenths of a second in the Semifinals.
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The Women’s SUP Sprint Final finished off the day of action, with France’s 2017¬† silver medalist Amandine Chazot matching up against Italy’s Caterina Stenta, USA’s Jade Howson, South Africa’s King, Australia’s Terrene Black, and Japan’s Yuka Sato.¬†King’s performance is the first-ever SUP Gold Medal for South Africa and comes just over a year after giving birth and returning to an elite level for SUP Surfing and Racing. King’s husband Thomas celebrated on the beach with their 1-year son.
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King built a decisive lead and crossed the finish line in first place to the cheers of her team on the beach. “I’ve put in a lot of time and a lot of training,” said King. “I am so stoked. To win Gold in the Sprints is a dream come true.
It’s been quite a journey from giving birth to being World Champion. I stayed fit during my pregnancy and once I gave birth, I bounced back quite quickly. I really focused on coming to compete in the ISA and it all paid off.”
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Silver, Bronze and Copper positions were too close to call with the naked eye, but upon further review Italy’s Stenta prevailed with the Silver, USA’s Howson with the Bronze, and Australia’s Black with Copper.
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Mens Finals

1. Arthur Carvalho Santacreu
2. Trevor Tunnington
3. Connor Baxter
4. Noic Garioud
5. Kenny Kaneko
6. Claudio Nika

Womens Finals
1. Tarryn King
2. Caterina Stenta
3. Jade Howen
4. Terrene Black
5. Amandine Chazot
6. Yuka Sato

With only two days remaining in the event, the SUP and Paddleboard Distance Races and Team Relay will round out the event, determining the 2018 Team World Champion.

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Helen Trehoret

SUP, OC1, V6, Surfski ... and field hockey coaching, Helen is a busy British mother of two who lives in Bretagne, France with a passion for all things Ocean. Helen runs Barrachou SUP, a SUP tour company specialized in excursions around Bretagne and Scotland.

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