ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship Day 2 Recap

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Day 2 of the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships saw athletes from around the globe surfing hard for position in the Main Event as well as the Repechage Rounds on Monday, narrowing the field of competitors for the much anticipated Finals scheduled to run on Saturday, November 19th. The excitement of the first ever ISA SUP Surfing competition in Fiji at the legendary Cloudbreak is amplified tenfold by the news of a solid swell hitting the island in time for the event on Saturday.

ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship Tavarua, Fiji Islands Day #2 Competition Highlights

Monday morning kicked off with glassy conditions as the Men’s and Women’s Repechage took to the water in a field of international competitors looking to keep their dreams of winning the Gold Medal alive in these elimination rounds.

For the women, Australia’s Shakira Westdorp bought in the highest heat score of the day with a 10.83. On the men’s side, France’s Jeremy Massiere was the standout performer, earning the highest male heat total of 14.38. Massiere dominated through two rounds of Repechage to earn the right surf on the anticipated final day.

In the Women’s Main Event which followed, the Semifinalists were decided. Japan’s Yuka Horikoshi, USA’s Izzi Gomez, Tahiti’s Karelle Popkke, and Peru’s Brissa Malaga finished in the top two positions required to advance to the next step towards the Grand Final.

Team Hawaii captain, Matty Schweitzer, was in agreement with the event’s decision to move the final to Saturday and the swell. “This event being in Fiji makes it groundbreaking for the sport. I have been waiting a long time for a competition like this to come to Cloudbreak and we are excited to be able to show the world how extreme StandUp Paddling can be in bigger surf.”

Get ready for the BIG event this Saturday! And stay tuned for both the technical races and distance paddle races as well as the SUP surfing semi-finals on Wednesday through Friday of this week.

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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.