In São Tomé, a small African country, a surfer witnesses the growth of one of the youngest modern, alternative surf scenes in the world—an indigenous surf-riding culture called “corre-barra” by the locals.
I am sitting on a steep ground overlooking a nicely shaped right-hander rolling in shallow pristine waters over a slab punctuated by sea urchins and corals. Around me, a bunch of local kids approximately eight or nine years old screaming for every wave coming in and talking to me in Portuguese, commenting on how they could have caught that wave as any surf dude from any other place on Earth would do. I suddenly realized then that I just happened to arrive in one of the liveliest surf community I ever met in my life. As we speak about the surf, a bunch of other kids appear from behind the cliffs, paddling through the channel on some very special boards.
Team Australia capped off a historic week of competition in Denmark and continued their dominance in the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, edging out France and New Zealand to earn the overall Team Gold Medal. .
Zane Kekoa Schweitzer is singularly focused on the task at hand: Defending his gold medal in SUP surfing from the 2016 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Cloudbreak, Fiji.
A lot of the athletes at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship came to stand-up paddleboarding by way of surfing or windsurfing, and Australian Shakira Westdorp is no different.
At the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, perhaps no individual is a greater draw for the fans and the media than hometown favorite Casper Steinfath. The Outdoor Journal caught up with the four-time gold medalist for a chat about all things SUP last week.
Local sensation, Casper Steinfath overcame a second-place finish in the semi-final to deliver a commanding gold-medal performance in the 200-meter SUP Sprint Race Final to close a spectacular weekend of SUP racing in Copenhagen at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. .
Since its inception in 2012, the International Surfing Association’s (ISA) World SUP and Paddleboard Championship has been the most exciting event of the year for the fastest growing watersport in the world.
Filipe Toledo (BRA) has won the Corona Open J-Bay today after besting 2017 CT Rookie Frederico Morais (PRT) in the Final.