WHAT’S THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED FROM TRAVELING TO SUP?
1. ANNABEL ANDERSON HOMETOWN: LAKE WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND KNOWN FOR: FASTEST FEMALE IN SUP, ELITE MULTISPORT ATHLETE
After two weeks, two hospitals and an emergency surgery for a serious staph infection in France, I’d say: Travel without travel insurance at your own peril.
2. CONNOR BAXTER HOMETOWN: HAIKU, MAUI, USA KNOWN FOR: FASTEST SUP RACER ON EARTH
Committing to one airline. Status helps out a lot because I can check in extra bags and have less hassle when bringing oversized raceboards. I also love the “Rome to Rio” app, which gets you around anywhere in the world using public transportation.
3. FIONA WYLDE HOMETOWN: HOOD RIVER, OREGON, USA KNOWN FOR: DOWNWIND POWERHOUSE, 2017 APP WORLD TOUR OVERALL CHAMP
Don’t mess around with the people at the airline ticketing counter! Nothing ever good comes from not being nice, so put a smile on your face, be patient and get to the airport early!
4. MO FREITAS HOMETOWN: HALEIWA, OAHU, USA KNOWN FOR: PROGRESSIVE SUP SURFING, TECHNICAL RACING
As a surfer, I never thought I’d go to places like Switzerland, Italy or Dubai. SUP lets me take my adventures to a whole different (level), and not only on the (ocean) coastline.
5. SONNI HÖNSCHEID HOMETOWN: SYLT, GERMANY KNOWN FOR: 3X M2O CHAMPION, ARTIST
My first Molokai 2 Oahu I learned that before a race it’s important to sleep in a good bed (even if you can’t really sleep the night before), travel light and catch the plane or ferry to Molokai early.
6. TRAVIS GRANT HOMETOWN: PALOLO VALLEY, OAHU, USA (VIA AUSTRALIA) KNOWN FOR: 3X M2O CHAMPION, CURRENT RECORD HOLDER
I try to plan my entire trip so it’s just like a routine so there are zero stresses and I can enjoy the experience. Nothing lasts forever—take it in, learn, open your eyes and make the most of every trip, event, race and experience.