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Emmy Merrill and Poenaiki Raioha Are the 2014 ISA World SUP Surfing Championships

The best SUP riders of the planet gathered at Nicaragua’s La Boquita Beach over the past days for the 2014 ISA World SUP Surfing Championships, one of the biggest SUP events of the season. With conditions improving throughout the week for an exciting Final Day, they battled for the World Champ titles.

The competition was packed with action and every rider performed exceptionally. In the Women’s final, USA’s Emmy Merrill reclaimed her Gold Medal and the World Championship Title after posting a total heat score of 13.50. As she says, it was tough, but she is happy to become the two-time ISA World SUP Surfing Champion: “I’m over the moon! It was awesome two years ago to claim the title in the first event and I was stoked about it. Last year I couldn’t come back because I was busy with school. I was hoping it wouldn’t be too much pressure on myself to try reclaim the title, but I’m so happy I did.”

In the Men’s final, Tahiti’s Poenaiki Raioha earned two impressive scores of 8.93 and 8.57 for a total heat score of 17.50, the highest of the entire event and claimed the Gold medal. He is stoked to become the new Men’s World SUP Surfing Champion: “I’m really happy. This is my first participation in an ISA World Championship, and to be the first one, I’m very stoked! I needed big waves to apply big maneuvers so I was waiting for the right wave to have a good result. When I learned to surf I started with a shortboard, then I moved to a longboard, and after, my father introduced me to SUP, and ever since, I’ve been practicing every day after school with my father and my grandfather.”

Men’s SUP Surfing Winners:

Gold Medal- Poenaiki Raioha (TAH)
Siliver Medal- Jackson Close (AUS)

Bronze Medal- Antoine Delpero (FRA)

Copper Medal- Sean Poynter (USA)

Women’s SUP Surfing Winners:
Gold Medal- Emmy Merrill (USA)

Silver Medal- Caroline Angibaud (FRA)
Bronze Medal- Shakira Westdorp (AUS)
Copper Medal- Iballa Ruano (SPA)