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Sayulita’s Jr. SUP Team Encourages New Champions In Mexico


Have you heard about Sayulita’s Jr. SUP Team? No? Well, you better start paying attention to this amazing group of kids that promise to be “SUPstars“ in a very near future.

National SUP “pick” Javier “Bicho” Jiménez and professional paddler and surfer Shelby de la Rosa Taylor founded the Sayulita Jr. SUP Team, a program for children and youths in the Riviera Nayarit’s Capital of Surf in order to encourage new champions in Mexico.

“We began this program because we saw a need to help active, healthy, productive youngsters,” said US trainer Shelby del Rosa Taylor. “SUP changed our lives and we decided to teach them everything we learned as professional athletes so they can become champions.”

The program includes physical training in the water and on the beach, plus lessons in technique, yoga, nutrition and everyday values such as respect, dedication, perseverance, fellowship, sacrifice and love, among others. The kids must maintain high academic grades in order to be part of the team.

“We also teach them how to read the ocean, to swim, and surf so they can be smart and sure of themselves, as well as help others when they’re in the water,” said Javier “Bicho” Jiménez, Mexico’s SUP sub-champion of the world, who will be training the kids and youths as he prepares for the 2017 World SUP Championship, where he has already secured his place.

And even though the Sayulita Jr. SUP Team is very new, they have already been invited to participate in the 2017 World Junior SUP Championship.

Shelby and “Bicho” are training around 50 kids between the ages of 6 and 16. The co-pay for each child is one thousand pesos per month and they train three times a week. There’s a sponsorship fund created by local businesses and companies in order to help talented kids with limited resources.

Learn more about this amazing team visiting their Facebook page and support these promising SUP athletes in Mexico donating on their Internet fund