The 2018 Japan Cup was amazing! Starboard Japan went above and beyond. Shige and Gama San are so kind and took such good care of all of us athletes.
Rika Okuaki, a very talented strong paddler from the Island of Zamami finished in third! Rika has an amazing kids program on the island where about 60 kids paddle and train every day after school. When I was in Zamami in May, I was fortunate enough to paddle with the kids and never have I met a more determined, excited group of young paddlers. A few of the kids came to the Japan Cup as well and actually made it to the men’s final in the sprint racing! There’s a lot of young talent coming from Zamami, and for that we have to thank Rika!