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Yster SUP announces its competing Team and demo quiver available at the 2022 ICF SUP World Championships

With the 2022 ICF SUP World Championships fast approaching, TotalSUP caught up with Per Vallbo, Founder and CEO of Yster SUP, a premium Swedish SUP brand based in Malmo, to chat about the Yster SUP Team and the demo board quiver available at this flagship event held on the 7-11 September. The brand’s presence in Gdynia is a unique opportunity to test a selection of Yster boards recognised for their signature characteristics such as directional stability and outstanding glide.

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Hi Per, it’s great to see Yster SUP at the ICF Worlds!

Hi, we have a phenomenal line-up of Yster Riders from the UK, Sweden, Spain and France and we’re delighted to introduce them! I am personally looking forward to serving them as well as meeting old and new friends.

What Yster SUP boards will be available to demo?

There will be a Test Centre at the yacht park marina just north of the ICF Worlds arena with a number of Yster boards available for testing as long as the boards are not used by the athletes. Just drop us line if you are interested to demo the boards or just find us at the event.

Our lightweight 14 x 25 inflatable SUP boards will be available for testing as well as the Yster Unlimited  Linear ISUP 17’3”x 26” a.k.a. The Yukon board. The latter obviously being out of bounce for the ICF races, but I believe there are some ultra-distance paddlers at Gdynia who would like to try the first ever ISUP to have completed the Yukon1000!

In addition, the open water Yster SUP 14 x 23 Legend will be there, co-shaped with Swedish SUP Champion Maya Sergel (former Persson), and of course a few models of the Naked Carbon flat water race board developed and refined in collaboration with the Canoe Sprint and SUP Champ Martin Hunter.

Speaking of Martin Hunter, we’ve heard some rumours about a new board design…Are we expecting a cool announcement any time soon?

Working with Martin is a journey and there is always something to tweak. I’ll give you this: A while ago Martin said to me: “Balance is not a problem to me so forget about stability and focus entirely on maximising forward motion and speed”. That’s what we are working on.

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What’s in the pipeline for Yster after the ICF Worlds?

Personally, I am heading to the SUP11 City Tour after the ICF Worlds, but as far as Yster is concerned we have a number of exciting things coming up. The best way to stay tuned is to sign up for our newsletter  or just follow us on Instagram.

Meet the Yster SUP Team

Ivan Puente

What’s your watersports background and how did you get into stand-up paddleboarding?

My first contact with watersports was surfing when I was 10 years old. I started SUP surfing with my uncle, when I was 14 and later that year I joined SUP Mera club and started SUP racing.

What’s your Yster SUP board set up and expectations regarding the event?

As it’s mandatory for Junior Division to use inflatable boards, I will be riding the Yster ISUP 14’x 25″ Linear. My expectations are to have fun, learn about this international event and if  I’m lucky to be part of some of the finals.

Which competitions are you taking part in?

I will participate in all Junior disciplines (I am 16): Sprint, Technical and Long Distance races.

Ana Marta Pérez

What’s your watersports background and how did you get into stand-up paddleboarding?

I started training with SUP Mera in 2016 when I was 10 years old. I love waves and being in the ocean. In 2018 I took part in my first SUP race and I have been competing ever since.

What’s your Yster SUP board set up and expectations regarding the event?

I’m a Junior Division rider, so I will use the Yster ISUP 14’x 25″ Linear.

Which competitions are you taking part in?

All Junior disciplines – Sprint, Technical and Long Distance races.

Paloma Portas

What’s your watersports background and how did you get into stand-up paddleboarding?

I started with SUP Mera club in 2020 because I love watersports. The first time I tried stand-up paddleboarding I thought this was going to be boring… Today, I wake up each day enjoying to do what I  love and SUP is in my veins!

What’s your Yster SUP board set up and expectations regarding the event?

I will use an Yster ISUP 14’x 25″ Linear.

Which competitions are you taking part in?

Sprint, Technical and Long Distance races.

Paula Rodriguez

What’s your watersports background and how did you get into stand-up paddleboarding?

I started paddle surfing a couple of years ago, and then SUP racing. My son Ivan has been very happy with this sport so I decided to give it a try and I am so glad that I did!

What’s your Yster SUP board set up and expectations regarding the event?

Thanks to Yster SUP I will use the 14’x 24″ Naked Carbon. My expectations? Having Fun!

Which competitions are you taking part in?

I will participate in Sprints.

Guille Goyanes

What’s your watersports background and how did you get into stand-up paddleboarding?

I’ve been the Chief Trainer at SUP Mera since 2015. I started surfing at the age of 10 and became a Surf Paddle Instructor in 2015 when I started the SUP Mera Project.

What’s your Yster SUP board set up and expectations regarding the event?

I will use a Yster SUP 14’x 24″ Naked Carbon. Expectations? Having fun and see my competition level after a long knee problem. Also I’ll be there to help the representation of our young SUP athletes in this incredible experience.

Which competitions are you taking part in?

I will participate in Sprint, Technical and Long Distance races.

Vera Lindmark

What’s your watersports background and how did you get into stand-up paddleboarding?

I don’t have any watersport background or any sports background. Started with stand-up paddleboarding as part of physio for a herniated disc injury about two years ago and absolutely loved it! I bought my first hard SUP last Summer and started racing last August. (Editor’s note: Vera is now one of the leading SUP athletes in the Swedish SUP Cup).

What are your expectations regarding the event?

My expectations are to gain some more racing experience and learn as much as I can from the best athletes.

Which competitions are you taking part in?

Long distance (Open), Sprint and Tech race (Master).

Thank you all for your time and good luck with the event – See you in Gdynia!

Explore Yster SUP quiver at www.ystersup.com and follow the brand on Facebook and Instagram  

To find out more about the event, visit www.icfsupgdynia2022.pl

Find out more about the International Canoe Federation at www.canoeicf.com

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Anna Nadolna

Anna is the Founder of SUPer Whale, a Cambridge(UK!)-based emerging watersports brand and a stand-up paddleboarding community. She is a certified SUP Flat Water Instructor accredited by International Surfing Association (ISA). Anna is also a digital marketing, storytelling aficionado and a growth hacking enthusiast.

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