Soup Bowls to host APP World Tour competition in Barbados Nov 11 – 16th

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Georgio Gomez Sunset Beach Pro APP World Tour
Georgio Gomez smacks the lip at the Sunset Beach Pro which kicked off the APP World Tour event in February.
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Barbados: land of pristine, warm sands, turquoise blue water, flights of sea turtles, and firing surf.  It is also the home of the legendary surf break, Soup Bowls on the eastern coast of this tiny, vibrant island. Gorgeous, edgy and remote, the APP World Tour – in collaboration with the Barbados Tourism Bureau – will make this their next stop on the APP World Surfing Tour on November 11th – 16th, 2019.

Standup Journal will bring you coverage via LIVE FEED on our Facebook Page on those dates.

November 9th at Pebbles Beach on Carlisle Bay: Meet the Pros

The APP World Tour action starts this Saturday, November 9th at Paddle Barbados when the Pros arrive to offer advice and cheer on first-time paddlers in the pristine waters of Carlisle Bay. All are welcome to this Opening Day event, whether seasoned paddler or beginner, to experience the thrill of stand up paddle boarding!

Barbados Soup Bowls Bathsheba
Bathsheba, on the east coast of Barbados, is home to the legendary Soup Bowls right hand surf break where the APP World Tour will hold its competition.

Soup Bowls venue for APP SUP Surf World Competition

Then, beginning on Monday morning, APP World Tour CEO Tristan Boxford will make the call for 5 days of competition at the iconic Soup Bowls break on the eastern coast of Barbados. This legendary wave, known for its complexity and underwater sea cave, will test the APP World Tour athletes in ways no other venue on the competition circuit can.

Sean Poynter Barbados APP World Tour
2018 World Champion Sean Poynter says, “I think Barbados is one of my favorite places ever. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get here.”

Men’s Leaders in Close Match Up leading into Soup Bowls

Reigning World Champ Sean Poynter (USA) will be on hand to defend his title, while being chased by the Brazilian wolf pack that includes Luiz Diniz (BRA), Leco Salazar (BRA), Lucas Medeiros (BRA) and Wellington Reiss (BRA) as well as current 2019 rankings leader and  powerful Tahitian force of Poenaiki Raioha.  It is a stacked field of incredible talent which includes Benoit Carpentier (FRA), Daniel Hughes (USA) and so many more determined surfers vying to take top spots on the podium in Barbados.

Vania Torres Gran Canaria APP World Tour wall
APP athlete Vania Torres finds her stride in overhead, firing surf on the APP World Tour. Photo by: Roderigo Jimenez/APP World Tour

Women’s Competition Staking Claims on Future of SUP Surfing

On the women’s side, the competition is equally engorged with supreme talent looking to make Barbados a showcase event.  2019 APP World Tour leader Izzi Gomez (USA) will be fighting off the tenacious Fiona Wylde (USA) who took top honors at Sunset in February 2019 and a close 2nd to Izzi in New York this past September.  The heat is ON for Izzi as Soup Bowls will also see ISA World Champion Shakira Westdorp back in the mix.  Shak’s legend comes into its own in challenging surf and her 3rd place podium standings in both Sunset and New York make her a fierce contender for the 2019 APP World Title as well.

The Top 3 women are joined by Brazilian powerhouse Aline Adisaka (BRA) who’s presence in New York put people on notice as she – like Fiona – competed in both the surf and racing divisions, and finished well in each.  Vania Torres (PER) and 2018 APP World Champ Iballa Moreno (SPA) will also be on hand in Barbados and … the stronger the surf, the better these women like it!

Watch Live Feed via Standup Journal Facebook Page Nov. 11th – 17th

Standup Journal will bring you all the results, inside stories and the LIVE FEED on our Facebook Page throughout the event.

Don’t miss this iconic event in a first time venue for a World Championship SUP Surf competition at Soup Bowls in Barbados!

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.