Tarryn King – Long Distance, Technical & Sprint
Tarryn has been surfing and enjoying the ocean with all it has to offer for 15 years and she’s been stand up paddle boarding for the last 8 years. The sport of SUP is what she is most passionate about – it brings her great joy on a daily basis. It has opened up so many doors for Tarryn, and as she continues to move forward and keep achieving her goals there will surely be many more.
She is a South African Champion many times over, as well as being title-holder of the South African Downwind record. To date, Tarryn has represented South Africa multiple times at World Championships where she achieved great results, including the following placings:
- 2014: 7th in the ISA Worlds SUP Surfing and Prone.
- 2015: 5th position in the ISA World Championships for SUP Surfing.
- 2016: 4th place in the ISA Worlds Sprints and 7th in the Technical Race.
- 2017: Tarryn took a year off to give birth to her first child.
- 2018: A gold medal in the sprints for South Africa at the ISA World Champs in China.
- 2019: A bronze medal in the ICF World Champs in China for the 200m Sprints.
Chelsea van Rooyen – Long Distance, Technical & Sprint
Chelsea was raised next to the ocean; paddling, surfing and racing. The Surfer’s Challenge in Kommetjie is where she experienced the excitement of running, surfing, and racing, paddling past one of South Africa’s biggest wave breaks. In 2019, she partook in the SA Championships Downwind racing and has been an eager competitor in wave events since 2017.
As a member of the SA Squad, Chelsea is ready and excited to give it her all to build towards the Hungary World Championships 2021.
Evette Terblanche – Long Distance, Technical & Sprint
Evette’s Stand Up Paddling journey started four years ago. She got hooked on this new sport when she noticed a great change in her fitness and endurance. Stand up paddling made her feel alive again, after suffering from Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome for 5 years. She soon got her entire family “on board”, with her husband and son also joining in on races.
Evette completed the Virtual Molokai2Oahu race in 2020 by completing a 26 km race from Clifton to Melkbosstrand. Her favourite races are the Pili Pili in Witsand as well as downwind races from Miller’s Point to Fish Hoek. Evette is ranked as third overall in Women’s paddling in South Africa – this being a ranking on her surfing and racing performance.
Elmari Renecle – Long Distance, Technical & Sprint
Elmari started Stand Up Paddle boarding in 2017. Once she had started to compete, she developed a great passion for the sport and couldn’t get enough of it. She took part in the SA Mistral SUP Championships 2017 and walked away with a 1st place in the Combined Technical and Long Distance race. In the Battle of the Bay 2019, she secured a 1st place in the Technical race and a 2nd place in the 12km long-distance race. In July 2020, she completed the Virtual Molokai2Oahu 26 km, and in October 2020, she won her first long distance race at the SA Champs in St Francis. She also finished off the 15 km Freedom Paddle 2021 race with a 2nd place.
She feels honoured to be selected for the training squad and will deliver her very best efforts to participating in the World Championships in Hungary, September 2021.
Tom King – Long Distance, Technical & Sprint
Surfing and the ocean have been a part of his life since he was 5 years old. He has been the national shortboard and longboard champion and Placed 4th at ISA World Longboard Championships in 2013.
His SUPing career started 5.5 years ago and he has not looked back. Since he started SUPing, he has won every major contest in South Africa and continues to work hard at achieving new goals as he helps to shape and develop Stand Up Paddle boarding within South Africa.
2015 was his first year competing in the International arena where he jumped straight into making a name for himself in Tahiti at the Waterman League SUP world tour event. 2016 he placed 4th in the World at ISA World SUP Champs.
Tom is also currently leading in the innovative field of Wingfoil SUPing in South Africa and has completed many distance races and downwinds on this craft, further showing his incredible talent as a waterman.
Sinda Thakathani – Long Distance, Technical & Sprint
Sinda started Stand Up Paddling in 2016 but has been surfing for the last 11 years. He started as a SUP surfer, teaching himself his way on the wave and started with SUP racing in 2017 with the Summer Series in Muizenberg.
Sinda won his first race in 2019, in the South African Downwind challenge. He also participated in the Freedom Paddle, in March 2021, as his first ocean race. It has been a great dream of his to train with the SA Squad and is excited to give his all at more events in 2021.
Kimon dos Santos – Long Distance, Technical & Sprint
Kimon has been Stand Up Paddling for the last 9 years. His biggest achievement was at the age of 15 when he completed the Maui 2 Molokai (43km) and the Molokai 2 Oahu (53km). He was the youngest to have done it and received a 3rd place in the 14ft class. Kimon also received a 3rd place in the Maui Paddle Board Championship (16 km). Kimon had the privilege to be selected and partake at the ISA World SUP Championships 2018 in China, where he competed in the Technical, Long Distance, Sprinting and Surfing divisions.
To date, Kimon has participated in various races in Durban, Cape Town and Witsand and has repeatedly proven, with hard work and great skill, to be a worthy SA SUP Team member.
Guy Mottram – Long Distance, Technical & Sprint
His love for water sports started at a young age, growing up in Durban, and representing the South African Men’s water polo team in many matches and at the World Championships in 1994. Over the years, he has won 7 gold medals at the South African Surf Lifesaving Championships and made the South African squad in 1992. More recently, he won two gold medals at the South African Masters’ Swimming Championships.
He began Stand Up Paddling about five years ago and originally focused on flatwater events, winning several races in the Highveld. He was the 2018 Stand Up Paddler-of-the-year in Gauteng. His recent move to Cape Town has sparked a new passion for ocean racing and he has been privileged to compete in two iconic races so far, including King of the Bay and The Freedom Paddle Challenge.
Guy looks forward to training as part of the team for the ICF World Championships that will be taking place in Hungary in September 2021.
Chiara Vorster – Long Distance, Technical & Sprint
Chiara has been competing in SUP events at a national level for the last three years, and has placed in every event that she has taken part in. She is dedicated to her sport and enjoys anything to do with paddling and water. She is driven and focused to achieving what she sets out to do, and loves the process just as much as the end result.
Chiara has set herself goals for SUP for the next three years, and ICF Stand Up Paddling World Championships 2021 is just the beginning of that ambitious drive!
Cameron Tripney – Long Distance, Technical & Sprint
Ranking as the youngest paddler to complete both the Milnerton downwind to Big Bay in Cape Town, and the Langebaan downwind from Kraal Bay to Mykonos, it is no wonder that Cameron Tripney has been the top-ranked junior in South Africa for the last three years! He has also recently ranked as joint number one in the open men’s division for SUP racing in South Africa.
Unfortunately, adverse circumstances including a serious knee injury have prevented Cameron from partaking in any international events for the last three years, despite being chosen for the National team. Cameron is not giving up, but is still training under supervision, with determination and great willpower, whilst recovering from his knee operation. He aims to join the team and participate in the ICF SUP World Championships in Hungary, September 2021.
Team Leadership – Coach Gary van Rooyen
Gary van Rooyen is a sporting and watersports legend and has represented South Africa on many occasions in windsurfing, triathlon and stand up paddle boarding. He has coached the SA SUP team for the ISA World Championships in Peru and Mexico and was a team member in 2018 for SUP Surfing. He has won the Legends category at SA Championships five times, up to 2019.
He continues daily to coach and inspire many folk in the sport, and is always contributing to the latest developments, including the newer sport of wing-foiling as it grows in South Africa.
Team Leadership – Team Manager Anja Burger
Anja was appointed as the Team Manager for the 2019 ISA World Championships in El Salvador and has been chosen as manager yet again in 2021 for the ICF SUP World Championships that will be taking place in Hungary, September 2021.
As SUPSA President, she puts in countless hours to help the sport grow and develop in South Africa. Anja has held various leadership roles in different areas of her life and truly enjoys the service she can be to the people and teams around her.
Anja’s Stand Up Paddling journey started in 2013, falling in love with the sport on the Emmarentia dam in Gauteng. In the last 6 years, she has continued growing her skills and the skills of others on the water.