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Shae Foudy and Mo Freitas Win the Quiksilver Waterman’s Festival SUP Survivor Races

Young guns Shae Foudy and Mo Freitas walked away victorious from the highly-competitive SUP survivor races at the Quiksilver Waterman’s Festival in Huntington Beach after an extremely exciting day of racing.

The event, which featured a $30,000 prize purse for the elite racers, drew a veritable who’s-who of top SUP, swim and prone athletes from around the world. By the time the survivor races began, the wind was picking up and the tide was dropping, making for a bumpy, washing-machine style course for the world’s best ocean athletes. The women’s race consisted of five laps, where no one was eliminated from the competition.

Foudy, only 17, gutted it out on the M-shaped course for five laps against top female competitors like Candice Appleby, Annabel Anderson and Terrene Black.

This marks Foudy’s biggest win to date. Appleby put in a predictably strong performance as well but just couldn’t match the sheer tenacity of Foudy today and had to settle for second. Anderson had perhaps the hardest day, with some tough dismounts in the shorebreak, but the Kiwi predictably gutted it out for a strong third.

On the men’s side, there were 46 top SUP athletes lined up at the start ready to challenge with wind-blown, chaotic conditions. Luck certainly played a role in the outcome of each of the heats, where eight racers were eliminated at the end of each heat, with only three-minute rests in between. Freitas looked calm and collected throughout the racing, despite not dominating every heat. Australian Toby Cracknell put on a banner performance, owning a couple heats on his way to second place. Connor Baxter, after a couple shaky early heats, readjusted and put on his top-racer hat and put in a strong finish for third.