October 13–15, Florida: Stand Up Paddling athletes from around the world came to Sarasota, Florida to race for world titles. This highly anticipated event was hosted by Nathan Benderson Park, which was full of exciting racing to thrill spectators new to the event and dedicated SUP athletes alike.
The Sarasota ICF SUP World Cup is the 6th event of 7 in the 2023 ICF SUP World Ranking Series and is the last opportunity for SUP athletes to get the valuable qualify points ahead of next month’s highly anticipated World Championships taking place in Pattaya, Thailand.
Former ICF World Champion and Starboard Dream Team Rider Fiona Wylde put on a stellar display of dominance in the women’s Tech race to take the win, earning herself valuable points coming into next month’s Worlds. Here’s a full recap of what went down in Sarasota by Fiona, as well as the live stream highlights video.
Technical / 2023 ICF Stand Up Paddling (SUP) World Cup Sarasota Florida USA
This weekend I was in Sarasota Florida racing at the ICF SUP World Cup. It was three days of racing; 200m Sprint racing, 10km Distance Race and an 800m Technical race.
The women’s field here was quite competitive. It was a good push and training opportunity going into ICF Worlds Thailand and I was really impressed with how strong the women’s USA field is.
Results of the weekend:
- 1st 800m Technical Race
- 4th 10km Distance Race
- 5th 200m Sprint
I was very happy to finish the weekend off with a solid performance during the Technical race. All weekend I was trying to find my groove and it felt good to have pulled it together for the technical race.
The awesome team from Goat Boater arranged my favourite race machine, at the All Star 14 x 20.5. You should enquire if you ever need a race board in this part of the world – Megan Cynowa at The Goat Boater was super helpful at the race and with coordinating the board for me.