Hungary’s Daniel Hasulyo and the United States' Candice Appleby won the men’s and women’s senior stand-up paddle (SUP) technical races respectively today at the International Surfing Association World SUP and Paddleboard Championships in China.
In the junior races both under-18 gold medals went to America through Jade Howson and Ryan Funk, while Australia won both technical paddleboard races in Wanning.
Lachie Lansdown and Grace Rosato claimed those titles.
Claiming a medal silver medal in the men's technical SUP event, Connor Baxter from the US earned a spot in next year's Pan American Games in Lima as the highest finishing athlete from the America.
Appleby’s win in the women’s race gave her a spot at Lima 2019 as well.
After the races, Hasulyo said the win gave him "the best feeling ever".
“I got sixth in the technical race and fourth in the distance last year,” he said.
Hasulyo added: "This year I put all my dedication into it.
"Hard work paid off and today I did it.
"I can’t describe it."
New Zealand’s Trevor Tunnington won the bronze medal in that race and Australia’s Shakira Westdorp came third in the women’s event.
"It feels awesome to win the gold," said Appleby.
"I never imagined that I would be stand up paddleboarding all the way in China."