La Torche Pro France
Presented by Naish and Twenty-Nine
Stand Up World Tour
La Torche, France
26 October, 2013
Nicole Pacelli becomes the first Women's World Champion
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 November, 2013 - Nicole Pacelli becomes the sports first ever women's World Stand Up Paddle Surfing Champion after 4 dramatic events that traversed the globe and pitted the World's best Women Surfers against each other in Hawaii, Brazil, California and France.
Nicole won the first event at Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Oahu and then went onto finish in 2nd place behind Kate Brandi in Brazil.
In California, she missed out on the woman on woman semi finals giving her a 5th place there, and while she had a disappointing finish here in France, with this as her discard and a 1st, a 2nd and a 5th to count, Nicole Pacelli is your 2013 World Champion.
A big congratulations goes out the young Champion from Brazil, as we have watched Women's professional stand up paddlesurfing go to a whole new level in 2013.
After an incredible win in Huntington Beach, California back in September, Izzy Gomez (Starboard) has shown that it was not a one off result for her at home in the US, but that she is a real threat on the Stand up World Tour, as she takes the win at this all important and climactic Final event of the year in France.
From the early rounds, it was clear she was one of the on form surfers of the event, and as we progressed towards the final rounds, her and Caroline Angibaud looked destined to meet in a dramatic final.
Held in challenging conditions, with strong onshore winds and challenging surf, Izzy once again showed that she has what it takes to come up against the very best in the world......and win! Izzy Gomez is your 2013 La Torche Pro France Champion.
Caroline Angibaud from France proves herself to be a major contender on the Stand Up World Tour making it all the way to the Finals here in France, finishing second only to the on form Izzy Gomez (Starboard) from the Florida.
This follows on from a strong result for Caroline in California, where she finished 3rd, and her win at the Abu Dhabi All Stars earlier this year in the UAE.
Her overall result for the year doesn't reflect her consistency and leading edge performance, (as she only made it to 2 out of 4 events so was only able to discard one result and had to keep the other 17th).
Caroline has made a statement on the World Tour this year and will be a real threat on next year's Tour as she prepares once again to take on the World.
A great performance from Caroline and we look forward to seeing her across both the World Tour and Series next year.
Another incredible young talent, Vanina Walsh (Starboard) finishes in an impressive 3rd place at the La Torche Pro France, presented by Naish and Twenty-Nine, but perhaps of even more note, in 2nd place overall in the world for the year, with 3rd place finishes at every event she competed in through 2013, having missed the Brazil stop on the Tour.
Vanina has clearly shown she is key contender here on the Stand Up World Tour and we look forward to seeing her through 2014 on both the Stand Up World Tour & Series.
Aline Adisaka from Brazil put on an extremely consistent and impressive series of performances across the whole Tour in 2013, finishing in a worthy 4th place in France this year, to add to her 3rd place in Brazil and 5th in California.
As one of the most consistent Contenders on Tour, Aline was in Title Contention coming into the dying minutes of the La Torche Pro France, but it was not to be this year, as Izzy secured the win moving her into 3rd, and Vanina was able to finish in 3rd, moving her into second.
However, it is clear that Aline is a force to be reckoned with, as the Brazilians will start the year with a Title in hand and it all to play for.
Candice Appleby looked to be one of the on form surfers all year on the Stand Up World Tour, but in a really tough quarterfinals, was not able to connect with the waves she needed to stay in contention for the 2013 World Title.
After a 2nd place in Hawaii and a 2nd in California, Candice needed a strong finish to take the World Title here in France, having missed the event in Brazil, something she unfortunately wasn't able to do.
This meant that she had to settle for 4th = overall with Aline Adisaka for 2013.
One thing is for sure, Candice is one of the most determined athletes on the World Tour and is certainly one of its leading talents, so watch out as the 2014 season gets underway in February out at Turtle Bay, on Oahu's Fabled North Shore.