4 Men’s SUP Racing qualifiers confirmed for Santiago 2023 Pan American Games
Women’s field evenly stacked with veterans and fresh faces
San Juan, Puerto Rico – October 30th 2022
Day two of the 2022 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship was defined by intense battles, with both individual medals and 2023 Pan American Games qualification on the line in the SUP Technical Racing discipline.
An increase in swell added the element of surfing the athletes were hoping for, with great conditions creating an exciting Round 1 and Semifinals in both men’s and women’s divisions.
Connor Baxter (USA), David Leāo (BRA), Itzel Delgado (PER) each qualified themselves for the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games by making the Final out of the second men’s Semifinal. Santino Basaldela (ARG) had to wait for the completion of the second Semifinal heat to hear that his 7th position in Semifinal 1 was enough to grant him a qualification slot. Basaldela’s 7th place finish in the Semifinal classified him 13th in the overall rankings, making him the 4th highest ranked racer from the Americas.
Leão was extremely happy to make the men’s final, but he was also ecstatic to qualify for the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games with his teammates carrying off the beach after his finish in the Semifinal.
“I’m so happy for my result today. That’s my big goal this year, to qualify for the Pan American Games 2023,” Leão said. “I’m looking so hard for the next year to represent Brazil.”
The fastest time of the day (26 minutes, 51 seconds) went to an unlikely candidate, Michael Booth (AUS). Competing for the first time in the SUP Technical Race, the two-time SUP Distance Race gold medalist won both of his heats today, despite coming from far behind in both.
“The longer the race goes on, the better I’m going to feel, so I make sure I don’t work too hard trying to keep up with those fast guys early on,” Booth said. “Hopefully tomorrow I can do my best race and come out with a good result.”
In the women’s division qualification for the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games will be decided in tomorrow’s 12-woman Final, with seven women from the Americas competing for just four slots.