Local athlete, Karen Jacobson, has received significant media attention internationally after CBS announced it will broadcast the SUP (stand up paddleboard) Ultimate Showdown tournament to be held on Waikiki, Hawaii.
The Puerto Vallarta Tourisim Board sponsored the professional surfer during the tournament circuit in Hawaii and California. The young athlete represents Puerto Vallarta and Mexico in the series of international competitions to rank the world’s top paddleboarders.
Karen, born in Puerto Vallarta, began her career at the age of 13 years old and soon conquered the highest role in SUP in Mexico and is among the top ten paddle surfers worldwide.
The Ultimate Showdown is the first ever internationally televised SUP competition and will bring media attention to Puerto Vallarta as being the home of one of the world’s top SUP, and hopefully soon to be crowned with top honors.
Stand up paddle surfing and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) are sports originating in Hawaii as an off-shoot of surfing. They enable surfers to paddle farther into the ocean than is typical or to paddle standing up as a sport unto itself. A 2013 report called it the outdoor sporting activity with the most first-time participants of any in the United States that year. Paddlers race on lakes, large rivers and canals, ride breaking waves, and glide over long distances along sea coasts, often using tail winds to aid the trip.
Several SUP instructors and tour companies offer lessons in SUP around Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Good luck Karen, Puerto Vallarta is cheering for you!