Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship
International Surfing Association
Cloudbreak, Tavarua, Fiji
12 - 20 November, 2016
Casper Steinfath earned a historic 3rd Gold Medal in the history of the SUP Technical Race
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 November, 2016 - Four World Champions were crowned on the third day of competition at the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, as the Finals of the SUP and Paddleboard Technical Races ran in the pristine waters of Fiji's world-renowned outer reef, Cloudbreak.
Casper Steinfath, from Team Denmark, earned a historic third Gold Medal in the history of the SUP Technical Race, making an incredible come-from-behind push on the last leg of the race to emerge victorious.
Steinfath is also Vice President of the ISA and Chairman of the ISA Athletes Commission which is not only a reflection of his athletic performance but also of his exceptional leadership position in the sport.
Australia earned two Gold Medals, with Harriet Brown and Matt Poole winning the Women's and Men's Paddleboard Technical Races, respectively, and New Zealand's Penelope Armstrong won the Women's SUP Technical Race.
The Men's SUP Technical Race finished off the day in epic fashion, with a thrilling sprint to the finish that crowned the day's fourth and final World Champion. On the last leg of the race, Steinfath was able to use a wave breaking at Cloudbreak to propel himself ahead of the pack to advance from fifth to first position. Steinfath pushed ahead of Kai Lenny, spoiling his debut in the event, and sprinted through the finish, raising his paddle to celebrate his triumph. The rest of the medal positions were neck and neck, where Lenny (HAW), Arthur Arutkin (FRA) and Titouan Puyo (FRA) respectively earned Silver, Bronze and Copper.
"I've done a lot of racing in my life and I've learned one thing, which is to never give up because you never know what the ocean is going to throw at you," remarked Steinfath. "That wave just let me fly across the finish line and finish in first place. It felt like I was paddling so fast that my board was going to levitate!"
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said, "What an amazing day of historic racing at Cloudbreak! The first Gold Medalists of the event and the first SUP World Champions ever crowned in Fiji made this a truly special day."
"Casper Steinfath is an amazing athlete and put on a gutsy performance to come from behind on the final stretch and earn his third Gold Medal in the Technical Race. We are so fortunate to have an athlete of his caliber who also has the poise and maturity to make a valuable contribution to our sport as a leader in the ISA."