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Team USA Dethrones Australia at the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

The 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship gathered the best riders on earth for a series of action packed challenges in which everyone had something to prove.

Kicking off the final day of competition was the ISA Team Relay Race. The Australians earned their fourth consecutive victory, with New Zealand 2nd, USA 3rd, Hawaii 4th and South Africa 5th. There was intense action in both the Men’s and Women’s races.

The first individual event of the day was the Women’s Paddleboard Technical Race, and it was with little surprise that Australian Jordan Mercer earned the Gold Medal. In the Men’s Paddleboard Technical Race, American Jack Bark was the first to finish nearly 20 seconds ahead of his competition with a time of 23:24.

The fourth final of the day was the Women’s SUP Technical Race where a second American Candice Appleby claimed Gold further distancing themselves from the Australians in the overall team points. The Men’s SUP Technical Race saw intense action. Baxter took the first Gold Medal of the event for his team and Freitas earned Silver.

In the end, six individual gold medals enabled the USA to dethrone reigning champions Australia.
At the end, ISA President Fernando Aguerre, stated: “It has been the most phenomenal week in the history of the sport, and I want to thank each and every athlete in this competition for helping us, for coming, for arriving in Sayulita, Mexico and making this a part of your life.”

Team Standings:

1. USA
2. Australia
3. Hawaii
4. New Zealand
5. Brazil
6. Mexico
7. South Africa
8. Spain
9. Tahiti
10. Peru
11. France
12. Argentina
13. Japan
14. Canada
15. Great Britain
16. Italy
17. Denmark
18. Sweden
19. Costa Rica
20. Ireland
21. Chile
22. Venezuela
23. Holland
24. Barbados
25. Switzerland
26. US Virgin Islands
27. El Salvador