WHAT’S THE BIG­GEST LES­SON YOU’VE LEARNED FROM TRAV­EL­ING TO SUP?

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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.

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