The ISA SUP World Championship in Peru was by far the biggest event of my life! It featured a whole week of nonstop competition between competitors and nations from all around the world. It was a great honor to represent Denmark at this unforgettable event!
On Saturday the final of the SUP Technical Race took place. The competition course was 3-4 kilometers long and had us fight not only against each other but also against the waves. I felt strong coming into the race and after already having won a Silver medal in the Long Distance race 2 days earlier I felt no pressure. The waves looked super fun and I was excited to give it my best shot!
I got off to a good start and immediately got into the lead position. I knew how crucial the buoy turns were and I focused on not making any mistakes and scouting the horizon for the sign of any waves that could help me break away from everyone else. I linked some good waves and created a gap down to the next paddlers who were in hot persuit!
I managed to keep my lead my doing good buoy turns, catching waves and not looking back. During the last lap I felt exhausted and ready to crash. Though something inside of me kept pushing to not give up. By the last buoy I held a small 20 meter lead down to Jamie Mitchell and I could see the finish line on the beach. I kept paddling as hard as I could, but unfortunately I did not catch a wave right away. Jamie came around the buoy just in time to catch a solid wave that brought him right up on the side of me. We both rode the wave all the way to the beach..
We shook hands while riding the wave together and prepared for the sprint of our lives up the beach to the finish line. It was an honor to ride wave in with Jamie, but I was not ready to have him beat me once again like in the Long Distance race!
As we jumped off in the shore break, Jamie fell into deep water while I managed to jump far enough into stable sand. I never looked back and crossed the finish line in first place. The feeling was unreal! This was the biggest accomplishment of my life!
Check out the highlights from the final day of action:
Thanks to everyone who has supported me in getting here! Family, friends and sponsors – Thanks!
I look forward to continuing a great 2013 season