2023 SOUTH AFRICAN
NATIONAL SUP TEAM
Open Women Competitors
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Tarryn King – SUP Surf, 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.
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Evette Terblanche – Long Distance & Technical
Evette lives and breathes for being in the ocean. Coming from a distance running background, she started surfing about 10 years ago and ventured onto a Stand Up Paddleboard more or less 6 years ago. The surfing has taken a backseat to ocean racing especially Downwind Paddling on the iconic Millers run from Millers Point to Fish Hoek, a route she can watch from her home in Glencairn where she has been living with her husband for 20 years. She is mother to a 14 year old daughter and a 15 year old son. The family all share an affinity for the ocean.
Her proudest moment was representing South Africa at the ICF World Stand Up Paddling competition in Poland in 2022 where both her and her son put on the Green Blazer together to represent the country.
She represented South Africa the year before in Federation Colours in Hungary.
Evette loves competitive racing and enters most races as an athlete in the Open Category, always aiming at being faster with every race.
She has been training under the watchful eye of her coach and mentor, Tarryn King and also Tom King, who will be her team mates going to France. Evette will be 48 at the end of this year, but she loves showing that through dedication and fitness, age is just a number.
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Open Men Competitors
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Tom King – SUP Surf, 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.
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Gareth Mountain – Long Distance & Technical
Gareth Mountain grew up in the oceans and on the beaches of Cape Town, following in his father’s footsteps and doing surf lifesaving from a young age. He then lived in London, followed by Johannesburg, where he started stand up paddleboarding in 2013 before his second back surgery, to strengthen his body and prepare for the operation.
Hooked on the sport, he then continued to paddle seriously after his surgery, and in 2015 after moving back to Cape Town he took up downwind paddling too. He also competes as a member of the Clifton Surf Lifesaving Masters team, having won a medal at SA Nationals. After a recent move to live in The Netherlands, he continues to train and race with members of the Dutch SUP team.
He is proud to represent South Africa at the upcoming World Championships in Hungary and excited to compete as part of the squad.
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Jethro Johnson – SUP Surf
Jethro grew up on the beaches of East London, originally surfing a short board and making the border team for many years. After his back injury he was not able to surf anymore.. This was a devastating blow as the ocean was his playground for many years. He turned to supping for fitness and core strength, and hasn’t looked back!
Jethro started completing in 2019 before Covid hit where he made the finals in the XOTB SA WAVE RIDING SUP CHAMPS and came 4th. He came back into the competing world in 2022 where he competed in the SUP WINTER FESTIVAL where he was placed 3rd. In 2023 he competed in King of the Bay in Durban and came first! He is currently ranked 2nd in South Africa.
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MEET THE TEAM – PRONE COMPETITORS
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Cailin Vincent - Prone Long Distance & Technical
I have always had a love for sport and have participated in numerous sporting activities both socially and competitively. Water sports are my first love and I am passionate about spending time in the ocean – diving, swimming, surfing and paddling.
I started lifesaving in 2018 where I was introduced to board paddling and discovered a love for long distance prone boarding at the beginning of 2022. I have represented Fish Hoek Lifesaving Club competitively since 2018.
I am appreciative of the selection for the SA team and opportunity to compete internationally.
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