Riviera Nayarit, Mexico - Mexico's Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Team is hard at work preparing for the 2016 ISA (International Surfing Association) Fiji Stand UpPaddle and Paddleboard World Championship, set to take place this upcoming month of November - and they need all the help they can get to make it there.
"Last year the StandUp Paddle World Championship was held here in Sayulita where we had the opportunity to once again take home some medals," said Fernando Stalla, captain of the National Team. "That inspired us to keep going for our next world competition to bring home even more medals for Mexico. We need your support to help us get to the 2016 Fiji World Championship."
"We want everyone to know that SUP in Mexico is already an established sport, that we're recognized as a powerhouse on an international level and we want to continue to grow. We want the next generations to come take our place and we're only going to make it if we can count on the support of our country's families, its citizens and its communities," added Stalla.
Among the top draws for this year is Fernando Stalla, team captain and SUP pioneer in Mexico; Javier "Bicho" Jiménez, silver medalist in the 2015 Long Distance Race; Felipe "Bodoque Hernández," bronze medalist in the 2015 SUP Surfing competition; and Felipe "Pipe" Rodríguez, another finalist in last year's SUP Surfing heats. Alejandra Brito and promising young surfer, Erika Benítez, were among the top women on the team.
Nearly all of Team Mexico is made up of athletes from or who lived in the different towns of the Riviera Nayarit, including Sayulita, Lo de Marcos and Punta de Mita, among others.
If you'd like to help Team Mexico on their way to Fiji 2016 you can donate to account 4766-8403-0355-1795 at the OXXO convenience store in your neighborhood, or online through the TeamMex Go Fund Me account.Original article