TEAM ROSTER AND BIOS
Who's representing your country?
England
DIVISION:
William Fairey
  • Age / 38
  • Born / Cornwall, UK
  • Resides in / Cornwall, UK
  • Favorite surf break / Porthleven. Cornwall
  • Board / GONG Alley 8'1"
  • Sponsors / Anns Pasties / RW Freight
  • Biggest Achievement / 4th @ Surfing England GB Stand-Up Paddle Surfing Championships
  • Hobbies / Cycling, Surfing, Making things
William grew up in Cornwall, surfing a variety of surf craft over the years on the south coast's reefs and beach breaks. While you can often find William amongst the better known line-ups in Cornwall, he predominantly enjoys adventuring to find waves away from the crowds, which is what enticed him into SUP surfing originally. From bellyboards through SUP and most surf craft in between, William's surfing pedigree screams variety, which has significantly influenced his approach to SUP surfing.
England
DIVISION: SUP Surfing
Sarah Perkins
  • Age / 50
  • Born / Barry
  • Resides in / Barry
  • Favorite surf break / Crantock
  • Board / Sunova
  • Sponsors / Ocean Specific
  • Biggest Achievement / 2nd in British Nationals 2023
  • Hobbies / Surfing and Science
When I'm not surfing I'm doing science. I'm a Prof at a British Uni, where I do research into wildlife conservation and coral reef ecology.

Yep, I am *very* lucky :)
England
DIVISION: Prone Distance Racing
Jess Georgelin
  • Age / 21
  • Born / Perranporth
  • Resides in / Perranporth
  • Favorite surf break / Port Louis, Guadeloupe
  • Board / 10’6 Hurricane
  • Biggest Achievement / Vice champion du France Planche
  • Hobbies / Surf/ surf life saving
Jess has been surfing and competing in surf life saving for her home club in Perranporth since she was 7. This is her first major international competition, despite competing in both french and english compétitions.
England
DIVISION: SUP Surfing
Marcio Dias
  • Age / 46
  • Born / Constantine Bay
  • Resides in / Constantine Bay
  • Favorite surf break / Constantine Bay
  • Board / Diplock Shapes
  • Sponsors / MFD_INC
  • Biggest Achievement / World Tour Qualifying Series
  • Hobbies / SUP Surfing/ Surfing / Wingfoiling / Hydrofoiling / Tow In Surfing / Outrigger canoeing / bodysurfing / Vortex Bodysurfing / Kitesurf / Windsurfing / bodyboarding / Lifeguarding
Waterman craved in to Big Wave Surfing and Extreme Water Sports associated with Risk management group BWRAG in Hawaii.  MFD Surfschool and Wave riding academy Owner Entrepreneur. MFD Big Wave Compound Nazaré Portugal Owner. Elite Professional Surf Coach and Adaptive Surfing Supporter. Blue Soup Co Inflatable vest and PFD Ambassador.
England
DIVISION: SUP Distance Racing, SUP Tech Racing
Marie Buchanan
  • Age / 50
  • Born / Salcombe
  • Resides in / Salcombe
  • Favorite surf break / Bantham
  • Board / Starboard Gen -R
  • Sponsors / Starboard UK, Freewing World.
  • Biggest Achievement / Vice Champion, 2019 King of the Cut (24km downwinder) WA
  • Hobbies / Wing-foiling, SUP foiling, windsurfing, running, photography.
I was introduced to Stand up paddle-boarding in 2007 and immediately fell in love with the simplicity of the sport, giving me even more excuses to spend time on the water - initially as a way to explore the beautiful coast we have at home in South Devon, UK and then developing into a special love for ocean down-winding and SUP surfing.

Coming from a competative windsurfing backgroud, later in 2007 I entered my very first SUP competition (a SUP beach race and surfing competition rolled into one) It was so much fun competing in the waves and from that moment on I was hooked! 

Since my debut in 2007 I have remained as one of the top female SUP racers and surfers in the UK and have successfully represented my county at 6 consecutive ISA World Chamionships between 2013 (Lima, Peru) to 2018 (Hainan Island, China)

Having had a few years gap from ISA competitions I am extremely excited and honoured to represent my Country once again in both Distance and Technical disciplines in Sable d'Olonne France and having turned 50 this year, I may well be one of the more mature (experienced ;) athletes on the startline!  





 
England
DIVISION: Prone Tech Racing
Molly Roodhouse
  • Age / 23
  • Born / Manchester
  • Resides in / Manchester
  • Favorite surf break / Gwithian
  • Board / 10'6
  • Biggest Achievement / 2nd Open Water Swim England
  • Hobbies / Swimming, Surf lifesaving, Paddleboarding
Hey there! I'm from Manchester and I've been a competitive pool swimmer since 2011, acquiring numerous national podium positions and racing around the world. My recent foray into surf lifesaving began in 2020 upon moving to Falmouth for my University studies. I now devote much of my time to the ocean, honing my skills and exploring new opportunities in this exciting field.
England
DIVISION: SUP Tech Racing
Benjamin Moreham
  • Age / 22
  • Born / Stevenage
  • Resides in / Stevenage
  • Board / Starboard All Star
  • Biggest Achievement / 7th European Sprints 2022
  • Hobbies / Surfing, running and free diving
Really excited to be representing Team ENG in the ISA ths year! Seeing as I couldn't make it to Puerto Rico last year! 
England
DIVISION: Prone Distance Racing,Prone Tech Racing
Andrew Byatt
  • Age / 42
  • Born / Perranporth, Cornwall
  • Board / Bark
  • Biggest Achievement / World Quadrathlon Champion
  • Hobbies / Paddleboarding, Surfing, Swimming, Running
Father of two. Including a 7 year old son Luke and Georgia 4 who both love paddleboarding and swimming, too. From a town that loves it surf sports in the southwest of England called Perranporth. The same town as amazing surfers such as Ben and Lukas Skinner, Pegleg Bennet all medallists in the ISA surfing divisions for Longboarding, Junior Shortboarding and Para categories, respectively. I have been lucky enough to enjoy participating in International level sports for many years, challenging myself, making great friends, keeping fit and seeing some incredible spots around the world. Hopefully, others will be inspired to enjoy the experiences the lifestyle can offer. A summary of some of the many enjoyable ones, which also had good results have inlcuded: World Quadrathlon Champion 2008 (swim, kayak, bike, run) World Life Saving Champs, 2002 7th, 8th (board, ironman) ISA World paddleboard Champs, 2019 Technical, 4th World Vitual paddleboard champs Molokai, 2020, 3rd Otillo Run swim World series race 2nd 2022
England
DIVISION: SUP Surfing
Wiliam Farey
England
DIVISION: SUP Distance Racing, SUP Sprint Racing, SUP Tech Racing
Blue Ewer
  • Age / 21
  • Born / Plymouth, south Devon
  • Resides in / Plymouth, south Devon
  • Favorite surf break / my local reef break/ secret spot
  • Board / NSP Carolina 20.5”
  • Sponsors / NSP, Black Project, Xcel, ocean and earth, reactive watersports
  • Biggest Achievement / 6x British Champion/ 4th on Eurotour 2023
  • Hobbies / outside of paddling i enjoy surfing, wingfoiling and spearfishing
i am from south devon in the southwest of england and have been on the water doing different watersports my whole life, brought into it by my parents who own a watersports store (reactive watersports) i love being in the ocean and wolud go crazy within a few days without it!
England
DIVISION: SUP Distance Racing, SUP Tech Racing
Ginnie Betts
  • Age / 49
  • Born / Penzance, Cornwall
  • Resides in / Penzance, Cornwall
  • Favorite surf break / Hayle Rivermouth
  • Board / SIC RS
  • Sponsors / Black Project
  • Biggest Achievement / GBSUP Overall winner 2023
  • Hobbies / I'm a member of Hayle Surf Life Saving club, I enjoy reading and travel when time allows.
I'm a full time working mum of three boys (17, 14, 11yrs) and didn't start paddling until I was 41 years old - better late than never!  In that time I've won the masters category at the PPG (2018), Carolina Cup (2019) aand The Gorge Challenge (2019), EuroTour (2019).  I raced for team GB at the ISA Worlds China in 2018 coming 9th in the Distance race.  During Covid, I trained for and raced the 'Virtual Molokai' enjoying long Ocean paddles around the beautiful coastline of Cornwall with a crew of Cornish paddlers including team mate Andrew Byatt.  I raced a little in 2022 then came back to win the GBSUP series once more in 2023 and qualify for Team England.  I also enjoy paddling Prone paddling and Surf Ski and I'm competing at the European Surf Life Saving Championships in Belgium, the weekend before travelling to Sable's D'Olonne for the ISA World Champs.  
England
DIVISION: Junior SUP Tech Racing, SUP Distance Racing
Hector Jessel
  • Age / 18
  • Born / Truro
  • Resides in / Truro
  • Favorite surf break / Hayle river mouth
  • Board / Starboard Allstar
  • Sponsors / Starboard, Black Project
  • Biggest Achievement / 2nd in men’s GB sup National distance series
  • Hobbies / Sup, surf, cycling, gym
Paddler from Cornwall, UK teaches surf/sup at Newquay through the summer doesnt like the heat
England
DIVISION: SUP Surfing
Holly Bassett
  • Age / 25
  • Born / Chichester
  • Resides in / Chichester
  • Favorite surf break / Putsborough
  • Board / Fanatic Pro Wave 7’5
  • Sponsors / Fanatic, ION, 2XS and K66UK
  • Biggest Achievement / 3 X British SUP Surf Women's Champion
  • Hobbies / Personal trainer who loves functional training in the gym, running, and waking my dogs!
Holly Bassett born and raised in West Wittering.

Home spots = west wittering beach, east wittering and joliffe road.

Brought up on the beach and around watersports thanks to my parents, Jane and Simon Bassett, owning a watersports centre called 2XS. I wingfoil, windsurf and SUP surf thanks to them! (Please give them and 2XS a shout out for me if you can).

Been training in Portugal with big wave surfer, Glyn Ovens, spending a week or so in the water in breaks such as Baleal, Peniche to prepare for the comp.

I work as a personal trainer, implementing sports science based practices to improve performance, which has helped me train for this event.

Thanks to my sponsors, in particular Nik Baker at K66UK for supplying me with great kit. 

Thanks to the ISA for hosting a great event - as a surfer from the UK it is great to be in the mix with so many talented athletes from all around the world. 
England
DIVISION: SUP Sprint Racing
Holly Pye
  • Age / 26
  • Born / Plymouth
  • Resides in / Plymouth
  • Favorite surf break / Bantham
  • Board / Starboard All Star
  • Sponsors / SUP North Devon, Starboard SUP UK, Paddle Logger, Ocean Sports Centre
  • Biggest Achievement / 2022 GB National Champion
  • Hobbies / SUP racing, Wing Foiling, Surfing
Hi, my name's Holly!

I'm 26 years old from Devon, UK. I started stand up paddling in 2016 and was instantly hooked on racing and SUP surfing. I now compete internationally and nationally in SUP racing.

When I'm not racing or training, I work in a hospital as a Respiratory and Sleep Physiologist which can be full on, but enjoyable.

2021 was my first international season but unfortunately I had a major back injury around a year ago so was unable to compete at the start of this year. I was really glad to qualify for the ISA Worlds after taking the first half of the year easy but now I'm healed up, feeling the fire and can't wait to race!!
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