TEAM ROSTER AND BIOS
Who's representing your country?
Japan
DIVISION: SUP Distance Racing, SUP Sprint Racing, SUP Tech Racing
Rika Okuaki
  • Age / 30
  • Born / Zamami Island OKINAWA, JP
  • Resides in / Zamami Island OKINAWA, JP
  • Favorite surf break / Zamami Island OKINAWA, JP
  • Board / SIC RS
  • Sponsors / SIC maui, Black project, NEXUS AGENT, Garmin, TRUMP wetsuit, ZEN nutrition, only choice, moani organics,
  • Biggest Achievement / ISA 2019 Long Distance&Technical 3rd
  • Hobbies / Surfing, Photography
Ever since I was a little girl, Rika has loved the ocean and dreamed of being a lifeguard. When she entered her university, she joined the lifesaver club, fulfilling her dream. After graduating from school, I moved to Zamami Island, where she worked as a SUP, kayak, snorkeling, and yoga instructor. 

I fell in love with paddling after taking a paddleboard class at her home beach, which hosted the Kerama Blue Cup in 2017.

My competition history started in 2018.

After winning the 2019 Japan Championships, I dreamed of playing in the world.

Actuary, I was going to join the world tour starting in 2020, but it was cancelled due to Covid-19.

I will be a SUP racer again starting in 2023, having fun and aiming for the champion!!!
Japan
DIVISION: Junior SUP Tech Racing
Rinka Mizutani
  • Age / 13
  • Born / Iriomote Island, Okinawa
  • Resides in / Iriomote Island, Okinawa
  • Board / SUP race board
  • Hobbies / Reeding books
I live on Iriomote Island in Okinawa, which is registered as a World Hatural Heritage Site. I practice in coral reef seas and mangrove rivers. My favorite part of SUP is going downwind in the open ocean.
Japan
DIVISION: SUP Distance Racing, SUP Sprint Racing, SUP Tech Racing
Shuri Araki
  • Age / 17
  • Born / Nago-shi, Okinawa
  • Resides in / Nago-shi, Okinawa
  • Favorite surf break / AA
  • Board / AA
  • Sponsors / AA
  • Biggest Achievement / AA
  • Hobbies / Reading Books
AA

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AA
Japan
DIVISION: SUP Surfing
So Nomura
  • Age / 21
  • Born / Chigasaki
  • Resides in / Chigasaki
  • Favorite surf break / Shirakaba
  • Board / lightning bolt surf boards
  • Sponsors / Lightning Bolt surfboards Japan
  • Biggest Achievement / 2019 isa El Salvador participation
  • Hobbies / surfing,river sup,prone paddring,skate boarding
For this year's ISA France, I shaped my own surfboard and laminated it with natural materials based on the SDGs.

I am learning about surfboards at university and am constantly making and testing them.
Japan
DIVISION: SUP Surfing, SUP Tech Racing
Takayo Yokoyama
  • Age / 47
  • Born / Shonan Japan
  • Resides in / Shonan Japan
  • Favorite surf break / Kugenuma
  • Board / 404,JP Australia,KAZUMA
  • Sponsors / Maneuverline,FCSjapan,PWRproject,ZEN,KODA,AggressiveDesigh,DOVEwetsuits
  • Biggest Achievement / 2019 ICF SUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MASTERS40 DISTANCE&TECHNICAL&SPRINT 1st Place
  • Hobbies / Leather craft
I have competed in the ISA WORLD SUP & PADDLEBOARD CHAMPIONSHIP 6times.I have SUP surf 3 times and SUP race 5 times.I will do my best this experience.
Japan
DIVISION: Prone Distance Racing, Prone Tech Racing
Takehiro Horibe
  • Age / 40
  • Born / Kugenuma beach, kanagawa
  • Resides in / Kugenuma beach, kanagawa
  • Favorite surf break / Kugenuma beach
  • Board / bark
  • Sponsors / N/A
  • Biggest Achievement / *2022 ISA prone paddle board technical 7th *2022 ISA prone paddle board long distance 8th
  • Hobbies / Trip and Fishing
I am very honored to be able to participate in the historic ISA.
I would like to represent Japan and fight on a paddleboard.
And by participating, I would like to further spread paddle sports in Japan.
Japan
DIVISION: Prone Distance Racing, Prone Tech Racing
Yurika Horibe
  • Age / 31
  • Born / Kugenuma-kaigan, kanagawa
  • Resides in / Kugenuma-kaigan, kanagawa
  • Favorite surf break / Kugenuma beach
  • Board / BARK
  • Sponsors / HOKUMA Conditioning Center / Raion Experience / L-SHIP Co., Ltd/ VENEX / phiten Co., Ltd.
  • Biggest Achievement / 2022 prone paddle board long distance 1st
  • Hobbies / Surfing, SUP and playing piano
Thank you for holding this competition in the midst of difficult times. I am extremely happy to have this opportunity where I can demonstrate all of my efforts on achieving goals. Looking forward to praise each other and taking on the challenges with our friends from all over the world.
Japan
DIVISION: Junior SUP Tech Racing
Nariakira Shimazu
  • Age / 16
  • Born / Minamata-shi, Kumamoto
  • Resides in / Minamata-shi, Kumamoto
  • Favorite surf break / AA
  • Board / AA
  • Sponsors / AA
  • Biggest Achievement / AA
  • Hobbies / Reading books and mangas, Watching Animations
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AA
Japan
DIVISION: SUP Distance Racing
Natsumi Baba
  • Age / 29
  • Born / Hayama , Kanagawa Pref
  • Resides in / Hayama , Kanagawa Pref
  • Favorite surf break / Ohama
  • Board / SUP
  • Sponsors / KOKUA, PADDLER, Paleo Life Academy, Mermaid & Guys, RASH Wetsuit,
  • Biggest Achievement / Japanese national champion
  • Hobbies / Watching movie
Started racing SUP at the age of 23. Since then, competed in races in Japan. This year is  first time to compete in the World competition. Currently, KOKUA team rider.
Japan
DIVISION: SUP Distance Racing, SUP Tech Racing
Rai Taguchi
  • Age / 19
  • Born / Nakijin
  • Resides in / Nakijin
  • Favorite surf break / Yanbaru
  • Board / Race board
  • Sponsors / STARBOARD. ALDIES. TRUMPWETSUIT. VERTRA JAPAN.
  • Biggest Achievement / 2022 APP WORLD TOUR BUSAN. OVERALL VICTORY
  • Hobbies / Fishing
Currently working as a professional SUP racer and fisherman in Okinawa.
Japan
DIVISION: SUP Surfing
Aya Yurikusa
  • Age / 46
  • Born / Miyazaki
  • Resides in / Miyazaki
  • Favorite surf break / Kisakihama
  • Board / shortboard
  • Sponsors / Hotline wetsuit
  • Hobbies / Yoga
I surf on various boards every day.
Japan
DIVISION: SUP Surfing
Kapono Fukuda
  • Age / 17
  • Born / Amami Island
  • Resides in / Amami Island
  • Favorite surf break / Amami Bira Beach
  • Board / Sunova
  • Sponsors / Sunova, GoPro Japan, BlackProject, Kazbo
  • Biggest Achievement / 2022 APP world Tour Gran Canaria Spain, Under 18 1st place and Pro Trial 1st place.
  • Hobbies / Ski & Snowboard
My name is Kapono Sasuke Fukuda.  I  was born in Hawaii and grow up in Amami Island. I , Kagoshima Japan. I am 17years old and High School Student. I've been SUPing since I was 4 years old, and started surfing and SUP Surfing when I was 6years old.  My dream and Goal is to be Top Water Man who does all kinds of water Sports and helping and leading new generation riders in the future. I do: SUP Surfing Surfing:  Long, Short, Big wave Gun Foil: Prone, SUP, Down Wind Wing foil I will try Kite and Wind Surfing in near future. This ISA SUP World Championship is one of my dreams since I was a little. So grad and honor to participate this competition. I will try my best and exciting to meet many world SUP riders from all over the world.
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