Brazil’s Arthur Santacreu and South Africa’s Tarryn King Capture Thrilling SUP Sprint Gold Medals

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First-ever SUP Gold for South Africa 

Team USA builds upon lead with five medals left to award 

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Team Brazil’s Arthur Santacreu and South Africa’s Tarryn King respectively charged to victory earning the Men’s and Women’s SUP Sprint Gold Medals at the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Wanning, China.

Tarryn King rejoices after earning a historic first-ever SUP Gold Medal for Team South Africa. Photo: ISA / Pablo Jímenez

Tarryn King rejoices after earning a historic first-ever SUP Gold Medal for Team South Africa. Photo: ISA / Pablo Jímenez

King’s performance is the first-ever SUP Gold Medal for South Africa and comes just over a year after giving birth and returning to elite level for SUP Surfing and Racing. King’s husband Thomas celebrated on the beach with their 1-year son.

With two Bronze Medals for USA and only one Copper Medal for Australia in the Sprint Races, USA built upon their lead with five medals remaining to be awarded.

Team New Zealand jumped up into the third position with Trevor Tunnington’s Silver Medal, closley trailed by Team France and Spain.

After a morning of Quarterfinals and Semifinals at Shenzhou Peninsula, the Men’s SUP Sprint Final featured Arthur Santacreu (BRA), Connor Baxter (USA), Kenny Kaneko (JPN), Trevor Tunnington (NZL), Noic Gariou (FRA), and Claudio Nika (ITA).

Arthur Santacreu (BRA) finished first in all his races on Friday, including in the Final. Photo: ISA / Pablo Jímenez

Arthur Santacreu (BRA) finished first in all his races on Friday, including in the Final. Photo: ISA / Pablo Jímenez

Brazil’s Santacreu, who earned the SUP Sprint Bronze in 2017, continued his string of first place finishes through the qualifying heats and didn’t let up in the Final to earn the Gold.

“I am so grateful,” said Santacreu. “All my training worked really well.

“My team knows how to encourage me. Their support fully played a part in my Gold Medal.”

New Zealand’s Trevor Tunnington followed with the Silver, USA’s Connor Baxter with the Bronze, and France’s 16-year-old Noic Gariou with the Copper.

Notably missing from the Final was Denmark’s 2017 Men’s Gold Medalist, Casper Steinfath, who just missed out qualifying for the Final by three tenths of a second in the Semifinals.

The camaraderie of Team Brazil has been on display all week. SUP Surfing Gold Medalist Luiz Diniz carries the SUP Sprint Gold Medalist Arthur Santacreu. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

The camaraderie of Team Brazil has been on display all week. SUP Surfing Gold Medalist Luiz Diniz carries the SUP Sprint Gold Medalist Arthur Santacreu. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

The Women’s SUP Sprint Final finished off the day of action, with France’s 2017 Silver Medalist Amandine Chazot matching up against Italy’s Caterina Stenta, USA’s Jade Howson, South Africa’s King, Australia’s Terrene Black, and Japan’s Yuka Sato.

King built a decisive lead and crossed the finish line in first place to the cheers of her team on the beach.

“I’ve put in a lot of time and a lot of training,” said King. “I am so stoked.

“To win Gold in the Sprints is a dream come true.

“It’s been quite a journey from giving birth to being World Champion. I stayed fit during my pregnancy and once I gave birth, I bounced back quite quickly. I really focused on coming to compete in the ISA and it all paid off.”

Silver, Bronze and Copper positions were too close to call with the naked eye, but upon further review Italy’s Stenta prevailed with the Silver, USA’s Howson with the Bronze, and Australia’s Black with Copper.

With two days remaining in the event, the SUP and Paddleboard Distance Races and Team Relay will round out the event, determining the 2018 Team World Champion.

Tarryn King well ahead of the competition. Photo: ISA / Pablo Jímenez

Tarryn King well ahead of the competition. Photo: ISA / Pablo Jímenez

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

“The SUP Sprints have been an exciting addition to the event since 2016, adding a new element of power and explosiveness.

“We are proud to continue crowning the best SUP and Paddleboard athletes World Champions, and today was no exception.

“We have two days of competition left in Wanning and the team points are heating up. We have five Gold Medals left to determine who will be Team World Champion.”

The ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will be streamed live on www.isasurf.org Nov 23 – Dec 2.

The remaining event schedule is the following*:

Shenzhou Peninsula

  • December 1 – Distance Races
  • December 2 – Relay Races, Closing Ceremony

*All times in local time (GMT +8). Schedule subject to change.

Men’s SUP Sprint
Gold – Arthur Santacreu (BRA)
Silver – Trevor Tunnington (NZL)
Bronze – Connor Baxter (USA)
Copper – Noic Gariou (FRA)

Women’s SUP Sprint
Gold – Tarryn King (RSA)
Silver – Caterina Stenta (ITA)
Bronze – Jade Howson (USA)
Copper – Terrene Black (AUS)