Taiwan Athletes’ Feeling & Interview (Asia SUP Tour 2019)

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Jade Jim, Hong Kong, 16-Year-old

今天覺得自己能出去浪區,非常開心。嗯,我是真的可以做到的。賽前我問香港隊教練Bryan,比賽時會不會很大浪,他說不會,但他忘了告訴我一件很重要事,就是海面上會有很大的流。我有好幾個新朋友,因為大流的原因很難出浪區,但最後我們都完成了,大家都很開心。下一站,韓國見。

我12歲開始划板,已經有4年時間,最開始是因為放假都一直在家看電視,父母不想我在家看電視,於是就把我送到俱樂部來了,而我也慢慢喜歡上這個運動。每次成功越過浪區,我都會覺得很開心。我相信,神一定會幫我的。

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

林柏宇Po-Yu Lin
可以和亞洲不同選手一起比賽,覺得能學習很多,知道差距在哪裡。
I can compete with various Asian racer by joining Asia SUP Tour. I can learn a lot from them and know my weaknesses.

施孟钧Meng-Chun Shih
在這樣一場亞洲賽中,知道進步的空間會在哪裡。之所以喜歡SUP ,是因為既可以競速也可以沖浪,很喜歡在浪上的感覺。還有是因為,可以不用上課!
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.
吉田竜平、1981年生まれ、沖縄在住、SawarnaのJeffyのライダーです

How long did you paddle ? how did you start it?

SUPをいつから始めたのですか?

  • 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 ?

SUPが好きな理由。

  • Not only to enjoy with everybody but also be a true exercise and training!
  • みんなで楽しく遊べるのに、真剣なエクササイズにもなるから。

How about the race today?

ASTでのレースはどうでしたか?

  • 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!!
  • アジアの全体的なレベルアップに繋がると感じられました。記念する第1回の第1レースを優勝することができたのは嬉しく誇りに思います。

What is your plan about your racer career in the coming future.

今後将来的にどのようにSUPをやっていきたいですか?ビジョンなど。

  • Contribute myself to build the base that the younger generation to be recognized socially as “Paddle athlete”.
  • 子供達がパドルアスリートとして社会的な地位が確立されていくための土台となりたい。

What does SUP means to you?

あなたにとってSUPとは?一言で!

  • The Best communication tool at water-side!
  • 最高の水辺のコミニケーションツール

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.

まだSUPしたことない人に向けて、アジアのパドラーに向けてメッセージをお願いします!

  • Safety-1stand ENJOY!
  • 安全を第一に、楽しんで行きましょう。

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