Loading... Please wait...


SIC Team Battles Top Talents In 2017 Pacific Paddle Games

Posted by SIC Maui on

DANA POINT, California - It was an awesome outing for the SIC Maui team at the 2017 Pacific Paddle Games in Dana Point, California. SIC team members from around the globe all united in Doheny State Beach, ready to take on the SUP world’s top talents. To Kody Kerbox, the competition has never been tougher.

“Every year we have seen the level of performances rise and the competitive field grow. This year was no exception, it was one of the most competitive field of paddlers I have ever seen assembled anywhere in the world.”

The SIC athletes flew in from all over the world to stay at the beautiful team beach house on the coast, just south of the event’s location. As everyone began arriving days before the event, they prepared with some final training and a performance nutrition clinic from Vitargo founder, Anthony Almada. The group environment gave many of the SIC teammates, including Seychelle Hatingh, a comfortable place to relax and ease their nerves.

“We had an amazing house on the water. Everyone gets along super well. We all make our meals together and laugh and joke which helped alleviate my nerves and stress about the race a lot.”

When Saturday rolled around, the SIC team was eager to compete. The day kicked off with the initial Men’s Technical heats, followed by the Youth races. Jaidynn Watson took third place in the Girl’s Youth Technical 11&U race. Brazilian Junior Athlete Guilherme Cunha took first in the Boy’s 12-14 Distance race, followed by teammate Zeke Rose in third. In the Boy’s 12-14 Technical race, Cunha took second while Zeke Rose took fourth. Cunha also landed fifth place in the Men’s Junior Pro Technical.

Fellow Brazilian SIC Athlete Yann Lauletta took first place in the Men’s 12’6” Open Technical.

California native Jade Howson dominated in the Women’s Junior Pro division, taking first in the Technical and Overall categories and picking up a silver medal in Distance. She continued on to compete in the Women’s Pro Technical final to finish off her PPG outing. Howson says that her favorite part of the PPGs was her finish in the Junior Pro Technical race.

“You learn a lot when you lose, but winning feels great too. I was so hyped to get the lead and come in first!”

In an epic photo finish with Australian pro paddler Terrene Black, Seychelle Hattingh beat her opponent in the final sprint to the finish line to take fourth place in the Women’s Pro Technical final. Hattingh also finished in ninth place in the Women’s Pro Distance, landing her sixth place overall.

Canadian SIC team athlete Tommy Buday took home silver in the Men’s 40+ Pro Distance and bronze in the Men’s 40+ Pro Technical. Frenchman Greg Closier trailed right behind Buday in both races, taking third place in the Men’s 40+ Pro Distance and fourth in the Men’s 40+ Pro Technical. Portuguese teammate Jose Cirilo finished in 8th in the Men’s 40+ Pro Distance.

SIC athletes Seychelle Hatingh, Niuhiti Buillard, Guilherme Cunha, and Yann Lauletta took to the water for the final event of the PPGs, the Relay Race, and wrapped up the weekend with a second place finish.

From competing at the highest levels, to bonding with their fellow teammates, the SIC team had a blast at this year’s PPGs. One of the best parts of the weekend for Jade Howson was just hanging out with the SIC team.

“I am so happy to be surrounded by such great people and paddlers. Had a blast laughing, paddling, and cheering on the rest of the SIC squad with them!”

The unique SIC team bond resonated with Kerbox as well.

“It was one of the most fun races because I was having such a great time hanging out with the SIC team and really got to enjoy the whole experience. Although I have only been on the team for a short time, I already see them as some of my closest friends. It really is a family vibe and I am so happy to be a part of it.”

Congratulations to the SIC team on their impressive PPG performances! Check out photos from the event below.

View Comments

SIC Athlete Update: Caio Vaz 3rd at SUP 11 City Tour & PPG

FRIESLAND, Netherlands - SIC Global Team Athlete Caio Vaz took home 3rd place in the Men's Open Class of the SUP 11 City Tour: The Ultimate Challenge 2017 in Holland. Vaz's overall total time for 3rd place overall was 19:44:38 over the 4 days race."It was an amazing experience," said Vaz. "I never thought I [...]

Read More »

SIC Team in Hood River For Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge 2017

HOOD RIVER, Oregon - The SIC Team was in full force at the Hood River Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge earlier this month. SIC Global Team Athletes Tommy Buday, Kody Kerbox, Andrea Moller and Seychelle along with Ambassadors Miguel Beltran, Ben Gareiss, Marie Carmen Rivera and Rhys Staples were all in the Pacific Northwest for racing, [...]

Read More »

SIC Wins Two Supconnect Gear of the Year Awards

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - SIC received two 2017 Supconnect Gear of the Year Awards with their SIC Bullet and Feelgood Series paddleboards. The Bullet Series was awarded the Best All Around Gear of the Year Award and the Feelgood Series won the Creative Gear of the Year Award. The 8th annual Supconnect Gear of [...]

Read More »

Connor Baxter Wins Maui 2 Molokai on the New 2018 SIC Bayonet 17.0 with FAST

Photo Credit: Karen BaxterMAUI, Hawaii - The race board that Connor Baxter rode to victory in last week's Maui 2 Molokai may have been painted like another brand, but the shape and performance was distinctly the work of Mark Raaphorst of SIC. There is a reason why the world's best SUP racers opt to have a [...]

Read More »

Vote SIC Maui in the SUPConnect Editor's Choice Awards 2017

SAN DIEGO, California - SIC is honored to be nominated in multiple categories for the 2017 SUPConnect Editor's Choice Awards. SIC is up for awards for the Brand of the Year. along with the Bullet Series, inflatable Air-Glide Bullet and Feelgood Surf Series being nominated for Gear of the Year awards in their respective categories. [...]

Read More »

Molokai Holokai Celebrates 15th Annual Maui 2 Molokai Challenge

MAUI, Hawaii - The 2017 Molokai Holokai Weekend Presented by Maui Jim is coming up on July 8-9 is the 2nd oldest Pailolo Channel crossing event next to the sailing canoes. The Maui 2 Molokai Challenge will be celebrating its 15th year since Youth in Motion started this event. The Molokai Holokai has continued to grow since [...]

Read More »

Seychelle Moves Up To 3rd in The Euro Tour Rankings

SIC Global Team Athlete Seychelle moves up to 3rd place in The Euro Tour rankings after scoring her second podium in two weeks at the Iberdrola Bilbao World SUP Challenge in Bilbao, Spain and the Thonon Race in Thonon les Bains, France."I feel so grateful to be here in Europe representing SIC Maui and the [...]

Read More »

Bluesmiths Paddle Imua: Kerbox & Moller 1st Place and Helping Maui's Keiki

Photos by 808photo & Bryan Berkowitz and Lyle KrannichfeldMAUI, Hawaii - Last weekend's Bluesmiths Paddle Imua event was a great success helping raise awareness and funds for the children of Camp Imua on Maui. SIC Maui Global Team Athletes Kody Kerbox and Andrea Moller came home with the Men and Women's titles in the SUP [...]

Read More »

Augaitis, Seychelle, Westbrook & Yang: Monster & Sea 24 Hour Paddle for Cancer

Monster & Sea 24 Hour Paddle Vancouver - Photo: Mike Darbyshire This past Easter weekend Monster & Sea had 22 teams paddling in cities across the United States and Canada, with SIC Team Athletes Lina Augaitis, Seychelle, Sarah Westbrook and Joel & Coli Yang paddling to help raise funds in Vancouver, North Carolina, Florida and Oregon respectively. Where [...]

Read More »