Jade Jim, Hong Kong, 16-Year-old
I feel stoked that I can get past the impact zone today. Well, I can do it. Before the race, I asked my coach Bryan whether there would be big waves during the race. He said no, but he forgot to tell me that there would be a strong current in the sea. My new racer friends found that it was tough to pass the impact zone as well. Despite the hard condition, we both finish the race, we all felt happy for each other. I will see you all in Korea Stop!
I started to paddle at the age of 12; it has been four years. The reason I began to paddle is that my parents didn’t want me to watch TV at home every time during my school holiday, so they sent me to the SUP club, and I slowly fall in love with SUP. I feel delighted every time I get to pass the impact zone. I believe that God will help me. SUP is awesome!
林柏宇 Po-Yu Lin, Taiwan, 施孟钧 Meng-Chun Shih, 18Year-old
I can compete with various Asian racer by joining Asia SUP Tour. I can learn a lot from them and know my weaknesses.
During Asia Sup Tour, I understand where to improve for myself. The reason why I love SUP is that I can race and surf with SUP, and I like the feeling of riding waves on a SUP. Most importantly, I can skip school class.
他們接觸SUP 半年，已在多場賽事中斬獲佳績。他們將對SUP的感覺形容為人生。因為SUP 就是我人生不可或缺的一部分。
They have only got in touch with SUP for half a year, but you can always find them on the stage at the local race. They describe SUP as life because SUP has become part of their life.
HYO Ju YANG, 11-Year-old, HYOJEONG SARAH YANG, 8-Year-old, Korea
Today’s race was SCARY, and I felt nervous! It was fun!
We’ve been paddling for 2 yrs. I love it because it’s fun. I will keep doing it.
Kenny Kaneko, Japan
Kenny has been paddling for 5.5year. Start paddling since 2014. Grew up paddling on OC and surfing in Southern California. It came naturally to me.
I love Stand Up Paddling and all kind of paddling. Because surfing you only got the experience close to the shore, but if you have a paddle, you can go anywhere you want on the water. Even it’s an island couple of kilometres away. If you have a paddle and a board, you can find a way to get there. That is what attracts me in this sport.
As I am a competitor, what I want to do is to do the best I can no matter in international or national races. At the same time if I can influence one or two people to take on the paddle and get on the water. That’s my mission complete. I want to influence more and more people to get on the water and enjoy what I enjoy every day.
Lifestyle. It’s not just a sport; it’s not just a job. It’s my lifestyle.
Question: Do you have anything wanted to share with Asian Paddlers?
In Asia, there are lots of cities and towns we spend our life’s in. Once we step out like Taiwan, it has beautiful waves .i want to encourage all the Asian paddlers, get out on the water, take your friends on the water. Spread your wings and go Paddle. Stand up paddling can take you places and you make the most of it, everyone can enjoy this lifestyle.
Question: What do you think about the race today?
The race today is hard. The 6 km is in really tough condition. I have an excellent start and feel great in the first 15 mins. I think I can not be able in the inflatable world. I haven’t been on inflatable since last year in China. The board felt heavy to me, so I had a hard time in the race. Ryohei is such a good competitor in an inflatable board.
The 200 m is different. It was also in rough condition. It is not as difference to race 200m on either an inflatable board or hard top. Overall I was happy to be 1st place in 200m.
Ryohei Yoshida, Japan
Ryohei Yoshida, born in 1981, living in Okinawa, Sawarna “Jeffy” rider.
How long did you paddle ? how did you start it?
- Approx 8 years ago. Really shocked and inspired by SUP of Laird Hamilton!!
- 8年位前。レアード ハミルトンのSUP映像を見て衝撃を受けて。
Why you love SUP so much ?
- Not only to enjoy with everybody but also be a true exercise and training!
How about the race today?
- I’m sure this will encourage the level-up for the whole Asia! Also be proud of myself being a winner in this big day, the very 1st race in 1st tour!!
What is your plan about your racer career in the coming future.
- Contribute myself to build the base that the younger generation to be recognized socially as “Paddle athlete”.
What does SUP means to you?
- The Best communication tool at water-side!
Do you have anything want to share with other paddlers in Asia ? especially those who didn’t show up in the race or didn’t start paddling yet.
- Safety-1stand ENJOY!