The ICF have partnered with Starboard to offer a free series of online workshops from the world's top SUP paddlers.
Each workshop will be presented by different worldclass experts covering unique materials to teach novice to intermediate paddlers who wish to improve their SUP skills. The online workshops will be held on November 15, 18 and 22, 2020.
The ICF and Starboard have teamed up with 2019 ICF SUP world champions Connor Baxter, Sonni Honscheid and Michael Booth, multiple world title holder Fiona Wylde, and 1984 Olympic gold medalist and SUP master coach, Larry Cain, for a series of free webinars offering participants a rare insight into what it takes to be the best in the world.
The panelists will demonstrate the skills and tricks which can be used by stand up paddlers from any level – from absolute beginners to those who are planning to compete at one of the many ICF SUP events scheduled for 2021, including the world championships in Hungary in June.
“Many of those who have taken up SUP are enjoying it so much, they want to go to the next level. At the ICF we have always been focused on growing the sport around the world, and what better way to achieve this than allow paddlers to tap into the expertise of the best in the world,” ICF SUP Coordinator Hoichan Kwon said.
“Michael, Sonni, Connor, Fiona and Larry are SUP legends. What they don’t know about the sport, isn’t worth knowing. What a fantastic opportunity to watch and learn from these world champions, and to ask them questions.”
Starboard founder and Chief Innovator, Svein Rasmussen, said the webinars will play an important role in the development of SUP around the world.
“For us as paddlers and equipment developers, it’s exciting to see an ICF initiative including the key stake holders, the paddlers,” Mr Rasmussen said.
“Its all about creating a future for the athletes, by the athletes, supported by an inclusive association. My dream is to see loads of local paddle boarding communities nurturing the grassroots of paddleboarding and through that engagement, build a platform for solid future Olympic participation.”
The full whatSUP program details and registration information can be found here. Fiona Wylde and Connor Baxter will present the first webinar on November 15, with Sonni Honscheid and Michael Booth on November 18, and Larry Cain on November 22.