Las Canteras beach welcomed the best riders in the wave mode of Paddle Surf on Tuesday. A week ahead, the names of the world champions of this emerging sport are presented and the Gran Canaria public has Iballa Ruano, the current world champion, as a favorite in the women's team. Between the greetings and the welcome a wish was imposed: "Have a good wave".
The Minister of Sports of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Francisco Castellano, welcomed surfers this Wednesday at an event held in the tents located around the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium. He was accompanied at the presentation by the president of the Association of Paddle Surf Professionals (APP), Tristan Boxford; the 42 times windsurfing world champion and test organizer, Bjorn Dunkerbeck, and Manuel Marrero, external relations of El Corte Inglés, one of the sponsors of the event.
"It is exciting to be on the Island again with the championship," said the president of the APP who said he knew Gran Canaria very well of the times in which he competed against Dunkerbeck. "Last year everything went very well. This year there are better conditions planned so we are looking forward to having a great competition again," added Tristan Boxford.
Castellano offered his best wishes to the athletes in the achievement of their different objectives and in the task of offering the Grancanary public a week of authentic spectacle. In addition, the advisor announced that "we will continue betting on this championship. We have done it this year and we will do it next year because the presence of this championship in Gran Canaria is important".
For his part, Dunkerbeck also wished the participants the best and encouraged them to overcome the maneuvers of last year. "In the 2018 edition we had good conditions, now it seems we will have a better wave, so I hope you have a great competition," said the organizer.
The island of Gran Canaria was established as the venue for one of the tests of the APP circuit in 2018. The APP currently has eight locations, which host some of the different modalities of the competition. In this way, Las Canteras beach becomes this Wednesday the world epicenter of Stand Up Paddle by celebrating the last and final test that will solve the World Championship of the Association of Professionals of Paddle Surf (APP).
The best riders of the specialty are already on the Island and many began to try their sensations in La Cícer and El Lloret. Among the participants there are names of great importance on the international scene and they have thousands of followers on social networks: such as the Polynesian Poenaiki Raioha; the American Sean Poynter; Brazilians Luis Diniz and Matheus Salazar; or the North American Izzi Gomez (with Colombian nationality) and Fiona Wilde or the Australian Shakira Westdrop.
Second year in Gran Canaria
Las Canteras decides the names of the 2019 world champions, except for that of Izzy Gómez, who already has the necessary points to become the winner in the women's team and add her fifth world title. The great Canarian Iballa Ruano Moreno, current World Champion, starts as a favorite for the triumph in her home. After obtaining silver last year, Ruano, a professional in this modality since 2012, dreams of obtaining the title in front of his audience.
The amateur riders will try to take the four places that are at stake during the first days, two for men and two for women. The organization of the event has also thought about the fun of the fans and for this there will be parallel activities such as concerts, starting Thursday, while the competitions will be played in sessions from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition, those interested can take their first 'kicks' in this sport. For this, a 10×20 meter pool has been installed on the Avenue.
Parallel and popular competition with inflatable boards
One of the great novelties in this year's proposal is popular and has an international impact award. The Paddle Surf World Championship incorporates a test: 'Inflatable SUP World Games' and that could be translated into Spanish as world games of inflatable boards.
And, for the first time in the history of the APP, the most popular tables for their price and easy handling. This tournament is open to anyone who wants to participate, both individually and in teams and will also be held at Las Canteras beach. The winners will become world champions and their names will be registered as such by the APP.
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