Starboard: Stoked on Sonni! Honscheid joins the Tiki Tribe in 2017

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The 3-time ‘Queen of Molokai’ and currently ranked No. 3 in the world of women’s standup paddle racing, Sonni Hönscheid announces her new sponsorship riding for Team Starboard in 2017.

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Sonni Honscheid takes to the Tiki Team at Starboard International Standup Paddle Surfing for 2017

In a move that is surely a blow to SIC, Sonni announced this week that she is eager to join the Tiki Team at Starboard and ride the ‘fastest boards’ made in the industy.

Sonni has long been one of the sports top female racers. Her most notable accomplishments include her 3X crown at the legendary 32-mile Molokai to Oahu open water crossing in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Sonni was also crowned champ in the Euro Tour in both 2015 and 2016 as well as winning the prestigious Lost Mills race in Europe last year

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The 3x Queen of Molokai is excited to have the world’s ‘fastest boards underneath my feet’

This major win by Team Starboard rounds out an already bursting at the seams Starboard Dream Team including top ranked paddlers Connor Baxter, Fiona Wylde, Michael Booth, Zane Schweitzer and other stellar athletes.

“We are excited to welcome Sonni Hönscheid to the Starboard Dream Team,” announced Starboard Founder and Chief Innovator Swein Rasmussen on Monday.

“Her special abilities as an artist and a paddler make her a special partner for our brand.”

Equally talented off the water, Sonni has held two highly acclaimed art exhibitions on the island of Sylt in Northern Germany.   Sonni’s artistic talents will come in handy as she is already designing a new look for Starboard’s 2018 collection.  It will be exciting to watch this journey unfold.

In a world of competitive athletes, Sonni is both well loved and respected. This says a LOT for this new Tiki rider!

“I”m really happy to be a part of the Starboard ‘Dream Team'”, says Honscheid. “Besides knowing I will have the fastest boards underneath my feet, I am also very excited from the art point of view and all of the colorful projects coming up.

“I’m very excited to work with a great team of ocean lovers – experts and also perfectionists.”

Sonni, a native German, lives on the island of Sylt and spends a great portion of her time training on Maui and in the Canary Islands, specifically Fuerteventura.



About the author

Evelyn O'Doherty is a standup paddle racer, surfer and yoga teacher from the East End of Long Island in New York. Her passion for watersports drew her to leave a teaching career to pursue her athletic endeavors as a sup instructor, racing coach, sup racer, and now, as online editor for Standup Journal. Evelyn lives in East Hampton NY in the Springs area where she has daily access to the water to train and teach. 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.

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