Liran Machlev


‘Addicted to salty water. Surf, eat, sleep, repeat’




– 9th place in long distance race at ICF SUP World Championship 2019
– 1st place in Tianfu Greenway SUP Open in China 2019
– 3rd place in Eurotour SUP Race in Eilat in Israel 2019
– 6th place in Corfu Emerald Cup in Greece 2019


Liran was born and raised in Israel, by the Mediterranean sea. He started his way in water sports in the age of 10 from windsurfing. His father brought him to the first lesson, and since that moment he cannot live without salty water. During his windsurfing career Liran joined many competitions, as the result he ended up the European Champion twice and also twice he took 3rd places in World Championships.
Liran always had a passion to waves, and it brought him to Hawaii in 2012, where he tried SUP for the first time, and where for the first time he took part in SUP competition (IMUA Paddleboard Maui Race) and got the 3rd place. After that he moved on with SUP surfing, practicing every day in his home country, and in the of 25 he opened his own SUP & SURF school in Herzliya, Israel, where besides the other instructors he is still giving lessons and sharing his experience with his students from 7 to 65 years old.
Liran went back to competitions in 2019, when he has taken part in the range of Eurotour events and has finished 10th in World SUP Festival Costa Blance in Spain, 6th in Corfu Emerald Cup in Greece, 3rd in Eurotour SUP Race in Eilat in Israel, 1st in Tianfu Greenway SUP Open in China, with the 14th place in overall Eurotour 2019 Rankings. He has finished the competition season 2019 with 9th place in long distance race at ICF SUP World Championship.
Currently Liran is focused on the coming competitions of 2020 and target being in top 5 athletes list next year. Besides everyday trainings his true passion is his SUP & SURF club, that is growing and developing every year with his care and management. Now everyone can experience the excitement of extreme sports there: the club offers the lessons for kids and adults, beginners and experienced surfers, there one can find surfing, SUP for beginners, Wave SUP, SUP Race, SUP yoga, Windsurfing lessons from experienced teachers, as well as the club organize a range of SUP & SURF trips along the year to different Asian and European countries.

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Nationality: Israeli
Favourite discipline: SUP Long Distance Race
Favourite SUP Locations: Israel, Hawaii, Moroco, Sri Lanka, Maldives
Best results: 3rd place IMUA Paddleboard Maui Hawaii Race 2012, 6th place in Corfu Emerald Cup in Greece 2019, 3rd place in Eurotour SUP Race in Eilat in Israel 2019, 1st place in Tianfu Greenway SUP Open in China 2019, 9th place in long distance race at ICF SUP World Championship 2019.
Lives in: Herzliya, Israel
Hobbies: All watersports, travel
Other Sponsors: Aloha SUP school Israel, Sooruz, Suunto, Freegull, Tal optica

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