Conrad Stoltz - Hall of Fame

Stoltz Inducted to XTERRA Hall of Fame

The most decorated XTERRA triathlete of all-time, Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz from South Africa, became the 10th inductee into the XTERRA Hall of Fame at the Night of Champions dinner in Maui last night.

The reception he received was goose-bump worthy … a well-deserved standing ovation from an adoring crowd. His acceptance speech was equally memorable.

“XTERRA has been an integral part of my life,” said Stoltz, holding back tears. “We always talk about XTERRA being family, and it is. It really is. What Tom and Dave and Julie created is simply amazing, and I’m beyond grateful.”

Stoltz collected an unprecedented 53 career championship wins and seven world titles (4 from XTERRA and 3 from ITU) in his illustrious 15-year career.

As impressive as his credentials are, he is more beloved worldwide for his warm smile and welcoming demeanor than his fearless downhill skills.

Watch his Hall of Fame tribute video.

“Last Call for the Caveman” Tribute:

Retirement Video:



Overend competed in the first-ever XTERRA in 1996, finishing third.  In ‘97 he was second, and in ‘98 and ‘99 he won consecutive World Championships at the ripe young age of 42 & 43.


Tinley competed in XTERRA’s inaugural event and was one of the early ambassadors for the sport, helping to get high level pro’s and big media attention for the first-ever XTERRA World Championship.


In the early years of the sport Weule won more XTERRA races than anyone, compiling 19 XTERRA titles, two US. Pro Series crowns (1999 and 2000), and the 2000 World Championship.


Riccitello won the inaugural XTERRA World title over triathlon great Mike Pigg. Afterwards, he said “Man this race is a bitch, but it’s the true spirit of triathlon – athlete vs. the course”.


Tobin dominated XTERRA for years, with 16 wins and the 2000 World Championship to his credit. He’s the last American man to win off-road triathlon’s greatest race.


Kain had an epic duel with Michellie Jones in the inaugural XTERRA of 1996 but came up 12 seconds short. In 1999 “Sharoo” won it all in style by doing the hula across the finish line in a grass skirt.


Schumaker is perhaps THE pioneer of XTERRA racing. In the early years he was a factor in just about every race, and he also introduced the sport to the triathlon world by writing about his experiences.


Whitmore won 37 championships in a dozen different countries, including the XTERRA World Championship in 2004. She is still today the most successful female pro the sport has ever known.


Nicolas “The Professor” Lebrun from France was a major and consistent force in XTERRA racing in Europe and in America with 90 top five finishes in 13 years including 32 wins and four European Tour Championships. The crowning moment in his XTERRA career was in Maui in 2005 when he won the XTERRA World Championship.

Dave Desantis - XTERRA Warrior

XTERRA Warrior Dave Desantis

Since 2003 XTERRA has honored a member of its Tribe that has shown exemplary courage in the face of adversity, gone above and beyond to help the greater community, or personified the “Live More” spirit.

This year, at the Night of Champions dinner on Friday night at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua the honor went to Dave Desantis (No. 743) from Milton, Massachusetts.

In the summer of 2013, Desantis was diagnosed with stage 3C melanoma. He was told he had at most, a year to live.  He tried every available remedy and medication over the next year, and finally his grapefruit sized tumors shrank – and miraculously, were gone just a few months short of the 2014 World Championship.

He raced at XTERRA Worlds in Maui last year with his niece Rachel, who was instrumental in his care and getting him ready to race.

“My favorite XTERRA memory was laying in the medical tent, receiving an IV, at last year’s Worlds and hearing the announcer say:  Rachael Desantis is sprinting to the finish in her first XTERRA Worlds!”

In February this year, he traveled to the Philippines where he qualified to race in Maui.  Then, in March, he found out the tumors were back and growing. He cancelled his trip to XTERRA Costa Rica and started chemotherapy. He lost 30lbs (13.6kilos) and the tumors were removed this summer – he now boasts over 300 stitches from various surgeries.

With no progression in the cancer since then, he has been building his strength and trying to gain weight. Sunday he’ll be with you all on the start line at D T Fleming beach celebrating life and his passion for the XTERRA family.

“Just trying to gain weight, get stronger and be INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL to be able to stick my toes in the surf at D.T. Fleming beach on morning of November 1st,” he said.

D.T. Fleming

20th XTERRA Worlds Tomorrow

Maui No Ka Oi!  Tomorrow, Sunday – November 1, the island where it all started in 1996 will host the 20th edition of the XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon.

A sold-out field of more than 800 triathletes from 43 countries will take part in the challenge that combines a one-mile rough water swim at D.T. Fleming Beach with a 20-mile mountain bike that climbs 3,500-feet to the ridges high above Kapalua, Maui and follows with a grueling 6.5-mile trail run.

Fans at home can watch the race online with “The Caveman” Conrad Stoltz, and his sidekick XTERRA Pro Suzie Snyder.  We’ll have one camera with Conrad and Suzie streaming live as they chase the leaders around the course.

We will also post top five updates for both the pro and amateur races on our twitter feed @xterraoffroad, and ultimately will have a finish line camera fixed so everyone crossing the line can be seen.

Find all the coverage at starting at 9am Hawaii time (11am PST, 2pm EST, 8pm in Europe, South Africa, 5am in Sydney, 7am in New Zealand, 3pm in Brazil).

For those lucky enough to be in Maui The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is the place to be to watch the swim, the swim-to-bike and bike-to-run transitions, and the finish line. Announcers will be on-site providing live race updates, plus there’s great food, the Paul Mitchell cut-a-thon, XTERRA Souvenirs, Kona Brewing Liquid Aloha Lounge, Outrigger Hospitality tent, and a front row seat to one of the greatest spectacles in all of sport – the spontaneous, ecstatic, and sometimes tear-jerking displays of emotion at the finish line.


Stories from the XTERRA Tribe

Stroll along the sandy shores of D.T. Fleming Beach on Sunday, November 1, 2015, and you’ll see hundreds upon hundreds of the fittest people on the planet, each with their own unique number tattooed on their arm.

For the pros, the number represents where they finished at last year’s race.  The reigning XTERRA World Champion Ruben Ruzafa will don No. 1; and last year’s women’s winner Flora Duffy will wear No. 61.  For the amateurs, their race number is indicative of what age division they’re in.  For example, No. 103 is Heather Horton, the youngest woman in the field at 15-years-old, and No. 896 is Ron Hill, the senior statesman of XTERRA at 78.

For timing purposes, the numbers are identifiers, a way to track how fast No. 218 can swim, bike, and run.  Of course, there’s more to No. 218 than her bike split.  No. 218 is Alissa Magrum, and here is her story, in her words…

No. 218 – Alissa Magrum, 40-44, Austin, Texas

Why do I race XTERRA?  There is a laundry list of reasons that range from a sheer love of competition to an equal love for all three sports; open water swimming, mountain biking and trail running, to a desire to show my 10-year-old    daughter, Ella how strong her Mom is, to a reason that makes my motivation a little different than most XTERRA athletes…their names are Colin, Zachary, Averie, Connor, Joshua, Christian, Stewie, Ken and the list could go on and on. Each one of those names is a child or a friend who drowned. My motivation is bigger than me and more powerful than me. I race as an Athlete Ambassador to Prevent Drowning. I race to raise water safety awareness and to tell people that drowning is the NUMBER 1 CAUSE of accidental death for children under 5, yet it is preventable. I race to have conversations in the transition area and at the waters edge and on the bike and on the run. I share the stories of those who have lost their lives to a fatal drowning and those who survived a non-fatal drowning. I raise funds ($1200 so far this year) for Colin’s Hope–the drowning prevention non-profit organization I run. I race to help race directors elevate the water safety standards on the swim portion of the tri. Learn more about Coin’s Hope at

I also race XTERRA because I love the people and the camaraderie and the genuine caring of the XTERRA community. I am motivated to combine my passion to make a difference in the world with my athletic talents.  I carry a positive attitude with me into every event, even when things do not go my way. I am a competitor but I am rooted in kindness and an authentic desire to share the XTERRA course with fellow competitors from around the globe–each of us speaking different languages and motivated by different reasons yet coming together to kill it on the swim, bike and run.  Being part of the XTERRA family is truly a special gift.

We were privileged to read the stories of dozens upon dozens of XTERRA Warriors and are inspired by their dedication, perspective, and strength.  We gathered 40 of those stories together and created a special PDF “Stories from the XTERRA Tribe” … in these pages you’ll read first person accounts from each of the athletes on why the race XTERRA:

Bib # – Name, Division, Hometown (Page #)
No. 218 – Alissa Magrum, 40-44, Austin, Texas (1)
No. 684 – Roy McBeth, 45-49, B.C., Canada (1)
No. 220 – Deanna McCurdy, 40-44, Littleton, CO (2)
No. 643 – Scott Bierman, 45-49, Frisco, CO (3)
No. 178 – Kristy Jennings, 35-39, Wanaka, NZL (4)
No. 390 – Thomas Kerner, 25-29, Bayer, Germany (5)
No. 139 – Gabrielle Chaizy, 30-34, Royat, France (5)
No. 328 – Tate Haugen, 15-19, Fort St. John, B.C., CAN (6)
No. 233 – Christena Ward, 40-44, Dillon, CO (6)
No. 883 – Craig Schilling, 65-69, Northbrook, IL (7)
No. 745 – Andy Deunow, 50-54, Anchorage, AK (8)
No. 188 – Allison Moore, 35-39, Boise, Idaho (8)
No. 484 – Marcus Dudoit, 35-39, Lafayette, LA (9)
No. 174 – Sara Gorges, 35-39, Heidelberg/Germany (9)
No. 437 – Tom Morwood, 30-34, Sydney, Australia (10)
No. 697 – Douglas Piil, 45-49, San Clemente, CA (10)
No. 316 – Libby Harrow, 65-69, Fruita, CO (11)
No. 124 – Maria Espinosa, 25-29, Morelia, Mexico (12)
No. 546 – Anton Bergs, 40-44, Atiamuri, New Zealand (12)
No. 201 – Alexandra Borrelly-Lebrun, 40-44, France (12)
No. 617 – Fred Schuth, 40-44, Littleton, CO (13)
No. 514 – Philip Myers, 35-39, Paia, Maui (13)
No. 544 – Doug Barkema, 40-44, Littleton, CO (14)
No. 360 – Charles Pietzman, 20-24, Troy, Missouri (14)
No. 277 – Martha Hanright, 50-54, Templeton, MA (14)
No. 232 – Erin VanTuyl, 40-44, Westminster, MA (14)
No. 601 – Samuel Peroni, 40-44, Brisighella, Italy (15)
No. 68 – Carina Wasle, PRO, Kundl, Austria (15)
No. 836 – Tom Monica, 55-59, Thousand Oaks, CA (16)
No. 123 – Christy Drever, 25-29, Hardisty, Alberta, CAN (16)
No. 891 – GL Brown, 70-74, Ada, MI (17)
No. 284 – Anne-Mette Mortensen, 50-54, Denmark (17)
No. 577 – Dale Hemley, 40-44, Torquay, Australia (17)
No. 235 – Beata Wronska, 40-44, Boynton Beach, FL (18)
No. 795 – Mark Waaijenberg, 50-54, Netherlands (19)
No. 872 – Doug Usher, 60-64, Upton, MA (19)
No. 317 – Linda Usher, 65-69, Upton, MA (20)
No. 517 – Paralisi Lefteris, 35-39, Athens, Greece (20)
No. 602 – Francis Perry, 40-44, Vosges, France (21)
No. 422 – Christos Geitonas, 30-34, Athens, Greece (22)
No. 743 – Dave DeSantis, 50-54, Milton, MA (23)
No. 224 – Nadja Mueller Schmid, 40-44, Switzerland (23)


Middaugh, Paterson in It to Win It

There are contenders, and then there are THE CONTENDERS.

While Ruben Ruzafa and Flora Duffy stand alone atop the XTERRA World, impeccable credentials and crowns in hand, Josiah Middaugh and Lesley Paterson patiently wait for their chance.

“Strength does not come from winning.  Your struggles develop your strengths.  When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Middaugh and Paterson know this truth, they are living proof of it.

We caught up with both this week as they prepare for the greatest challenge of their respective careers … next Sunday’s XTERRA World Championship in Maui.

XTERRA: Josiah, you always say ‘you never need to get ready if you’re always ready’ so, we know you’re ready, but what are you doing to really be ready for this one?
Josiah Middaugh: The way my training is organized is to allow for multiple peak performances in a calendar year, so I like that saying “If you’re always ready, you never have to get ready.”  That said, there is one race on the calendar that is a higher priority than all the rest, that race being the XTERRA World Championship. For this race, I train the most specifically and reserve the most potent forms of training for my final training block between Nationals and Worlds. For me the two biggest issues for prepping for this race is that the race is at sea level, and the heat/humidity.  Both factors are very different from my training environment, but there are ways to be prepared, and I have always tended to race well in the heat.  I pull out all the stops for this race such as VO2 max interval workouts with supplemental oxygen on the CompuTrainer, allowing me to push watts that I will be capable of on race day.  I also follow a specific heat training protocol that I have used and refined over the past 10 years.

XT: Do you think the tight racing you had this year with Rom Akerson, Braden Currie, and Francisco Serrano is going to help you (maybe mentally) heading into this one?
JM:  Yes, I think I have had some good tests this year and I have learned the most from the races that I did not win.  That was really the best scenario for me, to start the season with three second place finishes.  I always say that you don’t learn much from winning.  In each of those cases I was able to have a rematch in the second half of the season and systematically defeat each of those who bested me earlier in the season, winning in Richmond, Beaver Creek, Mexico, and Utah.  I feel like I have been tested and learned a lot about myself in every race.

XT: Anything different about this year and your lead up to it?
JM: Every year is different, but I have been following a very similar training philosophy for the past 3-4 years.  One big difference is that I have been injury free for about 2 years which is huge for me.  After 5 knee surgeries I know how well I can race when I have a stretch like this.  I have been a little more disciplined since May with my key workouts, avoiding excessively long training days, challenging myself in mountain bike races with world cup level competition, and putting in the really challenging work that I know works very well for me.  Additionally I have been consistent with my a-lactic drills and strides that can make a big difference for a sea level competition.  With a little more time between Nationals and Wolds I have been able to top off my training, really polarize my hard and easy days, and have time for a proper taper.  I have been consulting weekly with my brother Yaro to make sure that I am adapting to the training load and keeping training stress in balance.  We have had the best fall weather I have ever seen in Colorado which has allowed me to stay on the mountain bike and find Maui-specific climbs on both the bike and run.  The keys to a good taper are to keep two major concepts in mind, cumulative training effect and residual training effect.  These concepts dictate my final 4 weeks of training to arrive me rested, but ready to perform.

XT: Do you have any traditions on Maui, you’ve been coming every year since, what, 2002, 2001?
JM: This will be my 15th XTERRA World Championship so I feel very comfortable in Maui.  As a family we look forward to it every year and since our third child we have been trying to travel the whole family every other year.  This is an odd year so our big family of 5 will be there.

XT: Are we fearing the beard this year?
JM: No beard this year.  It was fun for a while, but no sense trying to look any older than I am at this point.

XT: How are you simulating ocean swells in your swim prep?
JM: I think ocean swells are overrated.  I love swimming in the ocean, especially in Hawaii.  The water is warm and clear which makes it very comfortable to me.  Swimming is the most unnatural sport for me as an adult learner so I have no delusions of leading out the swim, but I do feel very prepared this year and I have very high swim fitness right now.  I have tried to approach every single swim workout with more purpose and have also been very consistent with the Vasa ergometer and stretch cords that can help with the open water stroke.

Lesley Paterson


Lesley Paterson is a real-life Braveheart. She’s been broken, yet overcome and through it all has stayed outrageously positive.

This year she crushed it on the XTERRA scene with wins at Costa Rica, Vegas, Cali, ‘Bama, and England.

XTERRA: Lesley, tell us the story of 2015. You did a little XTERRA, a lot of mountain biking, and went through a whole lot of adversity. What’s the take-away and how are you feeling today, you’re first day in Maui?
Lesley Paterson: First of all, I am feeling great. Fit and ready to roll. Just beyond grateful that I’m here and healthy – I simply cannot put it in to words. This island has so many amazing memories for me and to be back at “home” with my XTERRA family is like a dream come true. This is where I feel the love. This is where the magic happens.

It’s been an incredible but challenging year so far. I have seriously had highs I’ve never experienced before but then I’ve had absolute soul crushing lows as well. I’m a woman of extremes so this suits me well! I spent November and December of 2014 getting treating for Lyme’s disease in Florida and that brought with it many challenges but also many ‘ah ha’ moments. I started off the new year with the lowest fitness I think I’ve ever had but the highest spirit I’ve ever had too! I did a combination of XTERRA races and US cup mountain bike races and almost the first one out of the gate, I managed to break my shoulder! This led to me competing in XTERRA Costa Rica with 1 arm! 1500m is a long way with a single arm but I kept positive and ended up biking and running through the field to win. I guess the Braveheart brand is very much alive and kicking!

I then spent a month sweating it out on my trainer in the garage, swimming masters with 1 arm and running with a sling. I came out and won XTERRA West and East champs, plus won the overall (beat the boys too) at the Laguna Beach XTERRA….that was pretty cool! My focus was then set on mountain biking and picking up valuable UCI points for Olympic qualification. I went on to win my first US Pro MTB race and the week later, days before heading out to Europe for my world cup debut, I crashed out and broke my left wrist and right hand. Devastation again! After surgery I spent the month up in the mountains, back on the trainer, learning how to brush my teeth and wipe my own arse with no hands! Only 11 days after surgery I won the June Lake triathlon in Mammoth and another week later, came 3rd overall in the Leadville qualifier 100k MB race in Tahoe. Crazy, I know, but hey, that’s me!

I then did my first world cup MTB race in Windham. I seriously got my ass whooped and struggled to find any form. Determined to give it a good go, I then headed out to Italy for my second world cup. I managed to go from 65th to 38th and had a blast doing it! This world cup shit is a helluva journey and one that will take a good few years to master!

Finally I finished off the summer with a glorious win at the XTERRA European Champs in England. Joy of all joys!

After a great block of training in SD, my sights have been laser focused on being in the best shape possible for Maui. Flora has been simply unbeatable this year so I hope to at least give her a run for her money. She is an incredible athlete and has motivated me to train harder and stay committed this last few months.

More importantly though, I’ve realized with all that I have been through, that all I can control is my attitude. I can’t control how anyone else will go on the day, I can’t control what anyone else thinks, but I can control my attitude towards this race. It will be one of joy and celebration. XTERRA is my soul and that will never change.


Bib # (place at last year’s WC) – Name – Age, Hometown
1 (1) – Ruben Ruzafa – 31, Malaga, Spain
2 (2) – Josiah Middaugh – 37, Eagle-Vail, Colorado
3 (3) – Ben Allen – 30, North Wollongong, NSW, Australia
4 (5) – Mauricio Mendez – 20, Mexico City, Mexico
5 (9) – Rom Akerson – 31, Tambor, Costa Rica
8 (13) – Jim Thijs – 35, Huldenberg, Belgium
9 (14) – Ryan Ignatz – 37, Boulder, Colorado
10 (15) – Albert Soley – 27, Barcelona, Spain
11 (19) – Jan Pyott – 33, Stechelberg, Switzerland
12 (23) – Chris Ganter – 37, Boise, Idaho
14 (32) – Arthur Forissier – 21, Saint Etienne, France
15 (34) – Yeray Luxem – 29, Merksem, Belgium
16 (35) – Branden Rakita – 34, Colorado Springs, Colorado
17 (37) – Rory Downie – 26, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
18 (39) – Olly Shaw – 23, Rotorua, New Zealand
19 – Rodrigo Altafini – 41, Sao Paulo, Brazil
20 – Fabien Combaluzier – 38, Ardeche, France
21 – Braden Currie – 29, Wanaka, New Zealand
22 – Pierre-Yves Facomprez – 32, Nievre, France
23 – Nicolas Fernandez – 32, Pelissane, France
24 – Damien Guillemet – 29, Normandie, France
25 – Ben Hoffman – 32, Boulder, Colorado
28 – Juan Carlos Gracia – 33, Cordoba, Spain
29 – Sam Osborne – 24, Rotorua, New Zealand
30 – Cameron Paul – 25, Taupo, New Zealand
31 – Will Ross – 26, Anchorage, Alaska
32 – Jens Roth – 27, Trier, Germany
33 – Francisco Serrano – 35, Monterrey, Mexico
34 – Noah Wright – 41, Austin, Texas
35 – Courtney Atkinson – 36, Mermaid Waters, QLD, Australia
36 – Brodie Gardner – 29, Marcoola, QLD, Australia

Bib # (place at last year’s WC) – Name – Age, Hometown
61 (1) Flora Duffy – 28, Devonshire, Bermuda
63 (4) Emma Garrard – 34, Park City, Utah
64 (5) Helena Erbenová – 36, Jablonec, Czech Republic
67 (9) Jacqui Slack – 32, Stoke-On-Trent, United Kingdom
68 (10) Carina Wasle – 31, Kundl, Austria
69 (15) Lizzie Orchard – 29, Epsom, New Zealand
70 (18) Susan Sloan – 34, Benoni, South Africa
71 (19) Maia Ignatz – 35, Boulder, Colorado
72 (20) Kara LaPoint – 28, Truckee, California
73 (21) Sara Schuler – 34, Boulder, Colorado
74 (30) Debby Sullivan – 34, Rocklin, California
76 – Renata Bucher – 38, Lucerne, Switzerland
77 – Fabiola Corona – 35, Mexico City, Mexico
78 – Myriam Guillot-Boisset – 36, Brindas, France
79 – Christine Jeffrey – 42, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
80 – Lesley Paterson – 35, Sterling, Scotland
81 – Jess Simson – 31, Wanaka, New Zealand
82 – Alena Stevens – 33, Tatranska, Slovakia
83 – Elisabetta Curridori – 24, Sardegna, Italy
84 – Verena Eisenbarth – 30, Passau, Germany
85 – Laurel Dudley – 34, Honolulu, Hawaii

Steve Fisher

The Local Favorites – Hawaii’s XTERRA Tribe


Maui triathletes Gerry Clark – who won the 30-34 division in 1997 – Joe Alueta, and Steve Fisher are the only three racers remaining to have done all 19 XTERRA World Championship races since the inaugural 1996 event.

“1996 seems so far away in time,” said Fisher, who is famous for training with his parrot Hi’ilani. “I am very proud to have been there from the beginning and really respect all the work Team Unlimited has down to make XTERRA so awesome. I plan to race again this year, making it 20 years in a row {my goal is another 30 races}.”

Scott Brand, 47, a biomedical engineer at Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children will be racing the XTERRA World Championship for the 17th straight year. More than just the joy of “shredding volcanic downhills,” Scott says XTERRA is what keeps him in check health-wise each year.

“Every year I lose about 20lbs preparing for the race. In 2013 I lost 60lbs. Everyone at work asked me what I did, and I tell them XTERRA Training. I love the spirit of XTERRA. The staff, volunteers and athletes are always   giving, supportive, and really cool. I will be an XTERRA age group World Champion one day, even if I have to race till I’m 150 years young.”

There are all kinds of inspiring local athletes racing XTERRA, like Kim Mufalli from Makawao who is a single mother of five – ages 18, 20, 22, 26, and 27.

Lorenn Walker has done 15 XTERRA Worlds, and won her division five times during a six-year stretch between 1999-2004. There are only two Hawaii racers who have won more than five, Wendy Minor and Ed Fattoumy.

Minor won her seventh title in 2013 and this year will break in a new age group category for XTERRA, the 70-74 women’s division.

Then there is Fouad “Ed” Fattoumy who has won the physically challenged division XTERRA World Title nine times in 10 years since 2005. Ed emigrated from Morocco more than a decade ago, and was in a hit-and-run accident with a car while riding his bike.  The accident left him with spinal cord damage and chronic fatigue. The effects, similar to that of Spinal Stenosis – a condition due to narrowing of the spinal cord causing nerve pinching which leads to persistent pain in the buttocks, limping, lack of   feeling in the lower extremities, and decreased physical activity, hasn’t stopped him from winning and flashing that brilliant smile of his.

Other local racers of note include Janet Higa-Miller, who told J.R. De Groote of the West Hawaii Today that she’ll be “racing against a ghost” in Maui this year.  Higa-Miller was one of the original 123 that competed in 1996, and this year she wants to beat her time from 20 years ago (4:35:44).

“They are totally different courses now, but it is a form of motivation for me. I don’t know if it is even comparable, but it’s definitely more psychological than anything,” said Higa-Miller.

Noel Mackisoc, who was the only Hawaii racer to finish the “Double” last year, is back for XTERRA but with fresher legs this year. The “Outrigger Resorts Double” competition is reserved for those who compete the Ironman World Championship on the Big Island then XTERRA Worlds in Maui.

“Amy Bennett Eck got me started with all this. First as a   volunteer, then she insisted I race it,” said Mackisoc. “Now I’ve done it mostly every year since 2009, and XTERRA Worlds every year since 2010. Even though these races test you to your fullest extent, I enjoy the fun and laid-back atmosphere of XTERRA the most.”

Of note, Amy Eck won’t be racing this year as she gave birth to her second child today (October 23, 2015).

Now the fastest othe Hawaii bunch are Sergio Florian and Laurel Dudley.

Florian, 35, won the XTERRA Freedom Fest off-road triathlon (Hawaii’s qualifier) for the second straight year in July and was the top Hawaii finisher at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui last year, placing 13th in the highly competitive 35-39 division.

“My goal for this year is to better my result from last year and shoot for a podium spot in my age group,” said Florian, who earned a doctorate in physical therapy from Loma Linda University and is the owner/operator of Wellness Physical Therapy specializing in spinal cord and brain injuries.

“I will give it my all and trust in the training that I’ve done. Every year I have a better understanding of what it takes to do well in Maui. Racing against athletes from all over the world is intense.  This race attracts the best off-road triathletes in the world so you better be ready to put on a world class performance of your own.”

Florian, who was born in Argentina, moved to Southern California at the age of 12 and has been living in Kaaawa since 2007, says XTERRA is his passion.

“I choose to race XTERRA because I love being out in the open ocean, on the trails and on a mountain bike … and, a little dirt never hurt!  XTERRA also adds an adrenaline factor to triathlon which is something I’m drawn to.”

Dudley feels the same way, adding that “XTERRA is more than just a race. It is a culture and a lifestyle that transcends the race course and that I personally carry with me in life:  Passion, love for the outdoors, love for dirt, gratitude, and friendly fun competition!”

Friendly, Fun…and also Fierce!  Dudley will be making her XTERRA pro racing debut in Maui this year.  She qualified to race as an elite after finishing as the 3rd amateur (9th overall) at the XTERRA USA Championship in Utah this September.

“The coming together of people from all over the world with a similar passion creates a fantastic buzz of energy,” said Dudley, who is expertly trained by her endurance sports guru of a husband, John Henderson. “On race day the excitement is invigorating, and it pushes you.  It also instills a sense of gratitude, that regardless of your time or place that day, simply the opportunity to be there and race amongst such a diverse crew bonded by the XTERRA culture is awesome.”

Last year Dudley was just 30-seconds shy of winning the XTERRA World Championship in the competitive 35-39    division.  This year, in the pro ranks, she says expectations really won’t change.  “All I hope for is a good solid race.”

Here’s a look at this year’s roster of Hawaii’s triathletes competing this year:  Paulo Araujo, Patrick Black, Courtney Bollman, Scott Brand, Yvette Burdett, Tina Burgos, Roger Casey, Gerry Clark, Jarad Cliver, Nicholas Corbet, David Dalzell, Sean Dowling, Laurel Dudley, Elizabeth Edmonds, Robert Egbert, Sergio Florian, Josh Gruber, Kamuela Guth, Janet Higa-Miller, Patrick James, Becca Johnston, Michael Kedzie, Eric Kollai, Stacy Kunkel, Noel Mackisoc, Jeff MacNair, Scott McGill, William McMahon, Todd Meadows, Grant Miller, Wendy Minor, Julius Montehermoso, Bruce Moore, Kim Mufalli, Philip Myers, Craig Neher, Jefferson Oishi, Johannes Olind, Jacob Pembrook, Fred Rice, Shawn Rogers, Brandee Schiller, Paul Sibley, Daryl Smith, Janel Takasaki, Amy Vasquez, Dan Vasquez, Bruce Wacker, Lorenn Walker, David Weikel, Brent Wong.


Aquaterra Flashback

By Scott Schumaker

I’ll tell you one of the reasons I loved racing XTERRAs back when it all began, the late race starts and sleeping in until the luxurious time of 7am!

November 3, 1996, 9 AM


The cannon fires.  I charge down Wailea beach and into the tranquil Pacific with 122 athletes. It’s the first Aquaterra, now XTERRA. Well-known multi-sport names like Newby-Fraser, Pigg, Jones, Hobson, Tinley, Smyers and Riccitello are in the scantily-clad mob. There are a few notable    mountain bikers too. Overend. Kain. Kloser. It’s not the first off road triathlon*, but with its Maui location, end-of-the-season date, big name athletes, TV coverage and prize money, it has definitely garnered the most buzz. I dive into the water and think, “If this thing takes off it could change the face of triathlons!”

It’s one big triangle of a swim and I need to stay on Brent Imonen’s feet. He’s a damn fine ocean swimmer. With the likes of Overend and Kloser back there I need as much of a lead as possible. Shit, Riccitello is back there too. I know he can ride a mountain bike. Most triathletes can’t. Most triathletes seem to prefer glass-smooth pavement. Yawn. Boring. Not me. I’m excited to get on the dirt. I’m excited to get dirty! Swim faster, Brent.

Did Dave “Kahuna” Nicholas have his mini-cannon that first year? Was the Pacific tranquil? Did I really think Aquaterra could change triathlons as I dove into the water? Was the swim one big triangle? I have no idea. It was 20 years ago. Memory fogs. Let me check the tape. Stand by.

OK, I just checked the tape. Was there a mini-cannon? Nope. It was a conch shell being blown. Was the Pacific tranquil? Yes. Was the swim a triangle? No. It was a point-to-point swim from Ulua Beach to Wailea Beach. Was I thinking about Aquaterra possibly bringing a whole new dimension in multi-sport? I hope not. I hope I was focused on the race.

I’m right on Brent’s feet. Perfect. Look! There’s a giant turtle swimming underneath us**. That is sooo cool. Scott, stay focused on the race, man! Swim faster, Brent. Should I try to go around him? No, I need to conserve my energy. I   probably can’t get around him anyway. He’s fast.

The tape shows that I tried to go around him. I think I      wanted the swim prime. We exit the water side by side, but he’s on his feet a half stride before I am.

Sprint! I can get this.

A wave breaks. It’s tangles up my legs. Brent is already charging up the beach.

Looking back, I suppose could blame that wave for not     getting the prime. Or I could blame the extra drag of the bike shorts I chose to wear. But, really, Brent was just a damn fine ocean swimmer. I’m sure he still is. Hobson came out of the water close behind me. Pigg came out close behind him. Riccitello was a minute back. Tinley, 1:20. Overend nearly 3 minutes. I recall the run to the transition area feeling long.

OK, there’s my transition space. Finally. C’mon, bike jersey! Get on my wet body. I’m glad I cut the sleeves off! GU    packets…stay stuffed in those back pockets. OK, shoes are on. Grab the mountain bike. It’s a Scott hardtail. Aluminum frame. 26-inch wheels. V-brakes. Handlebar that round into bar ends. It’s a mere 30 pounds of XC awesomeness!

I’m sprinting out across the bike mount line and launch myself cyclocross-style onto my bike. I’m first out of         transition. I am the No Fear Bike Leader!

There’s a section of paved road before the dirt begins. I’m riding hands free putting on the bike gloves that had been dangling from my bar ends. There goes Hobson. Shit!…and Pigg! So much for being the bike leader. That didn’t last long. I’m a better technical rider than Hobson. Not sure about Pigg. But there is 3000 feet of climbing before the big descent.

That big descent would become known as The Plunge and I wouldn’t see Hobson or Pigg on it. In fact, I wouldn’t see either of them again until after the finish line. A half-dozen others would pass me on the climb to The Plunge, including Riccitello and, eventually, Overend. Those two were moving incredibly fast. If Phil Liggett had been commenting he would have said they were dancing on their pedals.

Whew. That was tough. Here we go the big descent! It’s double track and fast. It’s not all that technical, but the lava rocks are bouncing my bike around like a pinball and rattling my brain! Just don’t crash. Just don’t crash. Just don’t crash.

I didn’t crash but it wasn’t the best bike ride of my life either. It was, however, a hell of a lot more exciting and challenging—mentally and physically—than road triathlons.  Plus drafting, which was a heated debate in road triathlons at the time, was impossible. It was pure. It was bliss. By the time I hit the bike-to-run transition I was in love.

OK, I’m off the bike in one piece and in eighth place. Or is it ninth? I don’t know. There’s sweat in my eyes; I’m sweating like a whore in church***. I’m covered in a fine film of red dust. It’s f’ing hot! Why did they start this race so f’ing late in the morning? I might still be able to pull out a top ten finish though. C’mon, swimmer legs, work for me.

I’m weaving down through a forest of stunted growth. There’s very little shade. There’s a fallen tree marked with yellow hazard tape. Duck! And another one. Jump!

I’m on Big Beach. Plod. Plod. Ugh, this is a long beach. Plod. Plod. Plod. Damn you swimmer legs!

There’s a rocky ledge. More sand. Pavement. More trail. A “beach” made of baby-head sized rocks. Sweating. Sunbathers are looking at me like I’m nuts. My legs are really failing now. There’s the finish line. Hallelujah!

2:49:12. 12th place.

It wasn’t my best race speed-wise. I had really been hoping to finish in the top 10, and if all pistons were firing, top 5. Still, compared to my current 2015 speed, I was kind of, sort of fast. I didn’t appreciate it then. I appreciate it now. Perspective matters.

I’m in the post-finish line tent dropping another cupful of ice water over my head. This really could take off, I think. This whole mountain bike, Aquaterra triathlon thing. How     amazing would that be?! I would totally do these all the time over road triathlons. It was way more fun. And crazy challenging. And those Team Unlimited people seem really nice. They’ve treated us all like kings and queens. And they know how to put on a well-organized race. It’s too bad they are based in Hawaii though. There’s no way they’ll make      anything big happen stuck out here in the middle of the Pacific.

*The Kirkwood Enduro-X went down in August 6, 1994.
– Scott Tinley’s Dirty Adventures followed in the fall of 1995.
**I’m relatively sure a turtle actually did swim underneath us.
***Credit for the line “sweating like a whore in church” : Jimmy Riccitello.

Scott Schumaker (pictured above interviewing Michellie Jones after that first race) would go on to race almost every XTERRA Triathlon held over the next five years, writing about each one for multisport magazines and XTERRA, and he is a member of the XTERRA Hall of Fame. While he never won the big one, or even any of the smaller ones—Kahuna calls him the Dan Marino of XTERRA—he was a consistent top finisher and his articles helped grow the sport. Currently Scott is the managing partner at Bright Antenna Records and recently put out a children’s book called Henry’s Big Star Adventure. instagram: @scottschumaker

Hawaii Mountain Tour

We Just Didn’t Know Any Better

By “Kahuna Dave” Nicholas

“Hey Boss” said Jerry Pupillo.  “Look at those guys down on the beach washing the mud off.  Why don’t we do one of those Ironman things but on mountain bikes”?  It sounded like a good idea to me and here we are 20 years later.  This all happened at the 1995 Hawaiian Mountain Tour bike race at Kualoa Ranch when a bunch of pro men rode their bikes down to the ocean after a very muddy cross country race.

Every swim we had done for Ocean Challenge or the King’s Race was point-to-point.  So not knowing any better we did the first swim from Ulua Beach to Wailea Beach.  It was 1500m or so and I recall we started the race – picked up the signs and quickly carried them to swim out and transition.

I did a ton of homework to find out about triathlon.  Tinley and The Grip (Mark Allen) all agreed it was the best runner that usually won Ironman or the shorter distances.  We were bike guys and when I designed our race (AquaTerra now XTERRA) I made sure the bike took up a lot more of the total time than a road triathlon.  I figured the triathlete would win the swim, the mountainbiker would get the lead on the bike and the triathlete would catch up on the run and they would cross the line together.  Damn if it did not work first time out.  Shari Kain and Michellie Jones did exactly as I predicted with Michellie passing Shari about 200m from the finish.  Notorious cyclist Jimmy Riccitello won but mountainbiker Ned Overend came in 3rd and won it all a few years later and he was a rock in the water.

Kiely planned parties, we gave away some comp rooms, we had really nice meals and even cocktail parties. The   atmosphere was completely different from triathlon. The biggest comment we heard was “why are you treating us so nice?”  The answer was we didn’t know any better.  We figured the athlete was the reason for the event and we had best treat them well.

After the race old John Cobb who had a big online bike shop told me we had to take this to the mainland and he knew the perfect place. There was a new park in Ruston, Louisiana that had a world class trail builder who had created that    perfect place. Cobb put up $5,000 and the America Tour was created.  We had mtb friends in Big Bear & I convinced them to help organize one. Tinley knew somebody at Kirkwood resort and that became our 3rd race for 1997.

The park manager was James Ramsaur and he truly did create an amazing set of trails.  He had 250 acres and somehow made a 9 mile loop.  We later named him Kimo as that’s Hawaiian for James.  That first year we took some white trellis Kimo used for weddings and made the finish arch.  That race was called GatorTerra.  We bought a few kids blowup pool alligators and put them out on the trails on race morning.  Definitely scared a few athletes.

XTERRA would have never started if TK had not found out that Maui was looking for a TV event.  He came back and told me our crazy idea of a triathlon on mountainbikes was going to happen on Maui.  It had to be in Wailea-Makena so go over there and make it work.

We knew it was a made for TV event and we had to fit it in a one hour show.  Ironman distances were way too long and frankly, their TV show was pretty boring.  I figured we had to have the winners take about 2 ½ hours.  Given that total time for the race we could easily edit the footage to make an interesting one hour show.  We had done a lot of mountain bike races, lots of ocean swims and even 10K runs that went around Diamond Head so we knew how to figure total time for each leg.  That’s how the distances for XTERRA were determined.

We went over to Maui a lot of times but could not find any trails. We had worked with a Maui windsurf organizer named Paul Ehman for years on our ocean and cycling events and Paul had a great connection with Ulupalakua ranch.  We went onto the ranch and found miles and miles of dirt roads.  Some wide open but many gnarly, lava rock hard smaller roads as well.  From our experience creating mountain bike races I knew this would be one tough race.  Not one foot of single track but unrelenting tough riding.

There was about a mile of road we had to use to get from the Aston resort (later Outrigger) to the dirt road leading to the ranch. This road was as wide as a 4 lane highway.  We found out later this was made to handle huge trucks bringing cinders down from the volcano to fill in the area that became Wailea.  There was too much traveled dirt road so we started looking for cow trails or smaller, older routes to follow.  We found one and it worked well and led to what would become Heartbreak Hill.  The problem was that when we came back to mark it we couldn’t figure out which small trail it was.  Then one of us remembered an old abandoned car was on the trail we used.  We found the car, an old Plymouth Valiant, and that is how Valiant Park got its name and that cool, twisty bit came to be.

Another problem cropped up when we couldn’t bring the bike back to the hotel in the distance we wanted .  Going back would make the bike too long.   Plus, there was no good run route around the hotel.  The solution was a small horse stable business out past Makena.  We could tie the bike route to come down to the stables for T2 and then     create a run back to the hotel.  The stable owner was a great guy and helped a lot.

The only problem was not enough space at T2 to put bike racks.  I took a chapter out of the original Ironman T2 and we put up tents, built big bag racks and hired a couple flatbed trucks to take the bikes back to the start.  Riders would come screaming down Cactus Alley into T2.  We posted a marshal just up the road and he would call the bike number on a 2-way radio.  Another vollie would yell out the number at T2 and a volunteer would grab that bag and have it waiting.  At the dismount line another volunteer would take the bike and the athlete would grab their transition bag and go into a tent with benches to change. Like I said, we just didn’t know any better & it seemed like the right thing to do.

There was no real route from the ranch to the stables.  We found remnants of an old road but it was totally overgrown.  I had a bunch of Marines that worked with us on the NFL Pro Bowl and we took a dozen or so to Maui with us to work on the course and marshal points.  Those guys are workers.  We blasted through the bush cutting trees, pulling crap out of the way and uncovering the old route.  About half way down we ran into hundreds of huge cactus. Some had been growing there for years & were 10-12 feet high. It was christened “Cactus Alley” and was part of the course for years.

The run was harder to make than it seemed as most of it would have to be on the road.  Not what we wanted.  So we scouted woods and beaches and although we had to cross a couple roads, Ted Kozlo got the Maui police to approve it and help.  Scary forest was created with a rake.  It was nothing but scrub kiawe trees and other woody weeds.  We wanted to go over the pu’u past little beach but it was too dangerous.  I remember doing it and sliding and tumbling down that damn thing to black sand beach.  What we did was leave Makena Beach (Big Beach) through the parking lot and then started walking into the woods.  We eventually found our way back to black sand beach and Scary Forest was created.  How did we mark it?  With a rake making a path through the leaves and hundreds of arrows.

Ulupalakua allowed us one day on their ranch for the race.  This is how the no advance look or practice on the trails happened.  They are a full, working ranch and I did not blame them in the least. They did allow us access to mark the course and I recall wondering why our stakes and marks kept being knocked down.  What we found is the cattle saw the arrows and thought they were food !  That’s why in those first years before the ranch started moving the cattle for the race week we had to hang arrows from tree branches or screw them into fence posts.

XTERRA racing has been the work-life passion of Dave Nicholas for two decades now.  He’s been the race director at every XTERRA World Championship race since 1996, and is the driving force behind the ever-expanding XTERRA World Tour. He’s also one heck of a race-car driver, and at the young age of 73 drove his 1960 MG A to several class victories this year.

Dave MG


T-2 Weeks to 20th XTERRA Worlds

The excitement is building for the 20th edition of XTERRA Worlds, which is now just two weeks away on November 1 in Kapalua, Maui.

The 2014 XTERRA World Champions Ruben Ruzafa and Flora Duffy are back to defend their titles and are clear-cut favorites to win again, but not in the 19-year history of XTERRA have both the men’s and women’s winners repeated. Could this be the year?

Ruzafa has won an unprecedented 15 straight XTERRA majors since winning Worlds in October of 2013.  The Spanish sensation also won his second-straight ITU Cross Tri World title this year, and if someone doesn’t work some magic in Maui he’ll wrap up another perfect season and his fourth XTERRA World Championship.

“I don´t see this race like I’m a three-time XTERRA World Champion, all that is in the past now,” said Ruzafa. “I’m going to Maui like if I had never won a title before. I feel good now. I’ve tried to arrive to this part of the season as fresh as possible. The first week after the ITU Triathlon Cross Worlds I rested a little to recover. Since then I have trained hard and specifically for Maui. My favorite part of the Maui course is the first and final kilometers of the bike. It´s inside a forest, with infinite turns, sometimes with mud, sometimes with sand, with steep climbs and fast downhills. You must keep your concentration there.”

Ruzafa said he also looks forward to the week surrounding XTERRA Worlds.

“I love Maui. I like the beaches, with different colors in each part of the Island. I love the Haleakala Volcano, to go to the top and enjoy the sunset. The waterfalls and the jungle road to Hana. I like the peace of the Island. Really, Maui is magic.”

As for the competition Ruzafa said, “In Maui you never know. There are always surprises. I try to not focus my mind on anybody, because each triathlete goes to Maui to get the XTERRA World Title, and each of them has been best preparing for it.”

Ruzafa will face an impressive collection of title-chasers that includes 11 men who collectively captured 22 of the 26 championship titles on the XTERRA World Tour this year, plus four of the top five in Maui from last year.

Leading the charge is Josiah Middaugh. He won the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series three straight seasons, has been the top American at XTERRA Worlds seven times, and finished 2nd to Ruzafa last year and 2nd to Javier Gomez in 2012.

Braden Currie, the adventure racing king of New Zealand, promises to put up a good fight and has had impressive wins over Middaugh and fellow Kiwis Sam Osborne and Olly Shaw this year. The Aussies are in good standing too with Ben Allen, who has finished 3rd in Maui each of the last two years, and two-time Olympian Courtney Atkinson who has as good a finishing kick as anyone in the field.

“Can’t get enough of XTERRA,” said Atkinson earlier this week. “It’s exciting to match up against the guys who race off-road and ride their mountain bikes week in/week out. We had a great time in Maui a few years back and it was always something I wanted to have another crack at while still at a professionally fit level. Last time I was there I learned how important the bike leg is in this race. 90mins out there on the challenging bike is really the make and break of this race compared to 20 mins swimming and 40 mins running there isn’t enough distance in the swim and run to make up for such a long ride in comparison. Plus hills! Even if you can run well it doesn’t guarantee that you will run off the bike well after that MTB course.”

Atkinson has an ITU race in South Korea the weekend before Maui, his final road tri of the year.

“Upside is I will be fit…downside is that I am not preparing as much as I would like on the mountain bike or specific to Maui’s sharp hills on the bike. But I will be race fit. Normally the cross over between ITU and XTERRA is a better fit than Ironman to XTERRA as the mountain biking and trail running require power spikes a lot which is similar to ITU racing. Plus, it’s 32c at my home on the Gold Coast today. Hot already for this time of year but still nothing like the humidity of Maui. I don’t mind the heat and I’d say going uphill should suit me better than a technical course but it’s still a different skill riding the steep hills well on the MTB. Let’s just say I need to limit the time I loose on the bike to my best as these guys all run very fast as well!”

Specifically guys like Middaugh and Mauricio Mendez, who posted the top two run splits last year.  Mendez, who placed 5th last year in his pro debut in Maui, will be joined by countryman Francisco Serrano, an Olympian who was 2nd behind Ruzafa at ITU Cross Tri Worlds this year.

Other men worthy of note are Rom Akerson of Costa Rica, Nicolas Fernandez and Arthur Forissier from France, Bradley Weiss from South Africa, and American IM great Ben Hoffman.

Flora Duffy

In the women’s race it’s all about Duffy. Since the start of 2014 she has been near perfect, winning 11 of 12 XTERRA majors and this year’s ITU Cross Tri World Championship. Duffy also had her best year ever on the ITU World Triathlon Series, ending the season ranked 7th which has all but assured her spot on Bermuda’s Olympic triathlon team for the third time.

To keep her Maui crown she’ll have to hold-off a lot of really fast women, including two-time XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson who won every XTERRA she entered this year including the European Championship race.

Last year’s runner-up Barbara Riveros from Chile is also back with her blazing run split (fastest of the day last year) and poses a huge threat. For Riveros, XTERRA is her favorite way to combine her love of triathlon with her love for Mother Nature.

“I love nature and XTERRA brings my soul to it,” said Riveros. “Plus, Hawaii is where my sport was born a long time ago so the Islands have a special meaning for me, a special vibe. I love the constant challenging course, mentally, physically, and spiritually. The atmosphere you feel here, it is just unique.”

America’s best Emma Garrard, who first did XTERRA Worlds in 2006 as an amateur, has improved steadily through the years, from 31st to 21st to 13th to 11th to 10th to 8th to 5th to 4th last year.

“I’ve had a good improvement streak and I don’t want it to end,” said Garrard. “Obviously being in the top three is really hard but so is being in the top 5 and I’ve managed to pull that off two years in a row. I don’t think any moms have won this race so I would like to be the first to do that. I don’t have the same level of triathlon experience as a lot of these girls but I did survive natural childbirth!”

Garrard said the climbing, both on the bike and the run, suit her strengths plus “the race in Maui is a little longer and more can happen on the run which I like.”

As for her competition, she knows who the favorites are.

“I have raced against a lot of top triathletes from ITU, Ironman, XTERRA and Flora, Barb, and Lesley have certainly been the hardest to race against.  They haven’t won World Championships by chance and the fact they can do well at multiple disciplines of triathlon and mountain biking says something about how good they are. That being said, everyone is beatable.  Lesley raised the bar a few years ago, and the bar was already high because of racers like Melanie, Julie, Shonny and Renata who were so strong on the bike. Lesley basically had to learn how to ride as fast as a world cup mountain biker to start winning and that took time but now it is her strength. I think Flora had to do the same but she figured things out a bit quicker. I think it will be a closer and exciting race in the women’s field this year with hopefully a lot of head to head racing regardless of who crosses the finish line first. I know there will be a lot of hype about Flora and Lesley racing each other but I think Barbara is due for a win and if she is close enough on the bike she can take it on the run.”

Other elites not to be overlooked include European Tour Champion Helena Erbenova, who finished fifth last year, Olympian Fabiola Corona from Mexico, 4x Euro Tour Champ Renata Bucher of Switzerland, British great Jacqui Slack, U.S. speedster Sara Schuler, and perennial contender Carina Wasle of Austria.

Emma Garrard


Bib # (place at last year’s WC) – Name – Age, Hometown
1 (1) – Ruben Ruzafa – 31, Malaga, Spain
2 (2) – Josiah Middaugh – 37, Eagle-Vail, Colorado
3 (3) – Ben Allen – 30, North Wollongong, NSW, Australia
4 (5) – Mauricio Mendez – 20, Mexico City, Mexico
5 (9) – Rom Akerson – 31, Tambor, Costa Rica
6 (10) – Bradley Weiss – 26, Stellenbosch, South Africa
8 (13) – Jim Thijs – 35, Huldenberg, Belgium
9 (14) – Ryan Ignatz – 37, Boulder, Colorado
10 (15) – Albert Soley – 27, Barcelona, Spain
11 (19) – Jan Pyott – 33, Stechelberg, Switzerland
12 (23) – Chris Ganter – 37, Boise, Idaho
14 (32) – Arthur Forissier – 21, Saint Etienne, France
15 (34) – Yeray Luxem – 29, Merksem, Belgium
16 (35) – Branden Rakita – 34, Colorado Springs, Colorado
17 (37) – Rory Downie – 26, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
18 (39) – Olly Shaw – 23, Rotorua, New Zealand
19 – Rodrigo Altafini – 41, Sao Paulo, Brazil
20 – Fabien Combaluzier – 38, Ardeche, France
21 – Braden Currie – 29, Wanaka, New Zealand
22 – Pierre-Yves Facomprez – 32, Nievre, France
23 – Nicolas Fernandez – 32, Pelissane, France
24 – Damien Guillemet – 29, Normandie, France
25 – Ben Hoffman – 32, Boulder, Colorado
26 – Chris Legh – 42, Melbourne, Australia
28 – Juan Carlos Gracia – 33, Cordoba, Spain
29 – Sam Osborne – 24, Rotorua, New Zealand
30 – Cameron Paul – 25, Taupo, New Zealand
31 – Will Ross – 26, Anchorage, Alaska
32 – Jens Roth – 27, Trier, Germany
33 – Francisco Serrano – 35, Monterrey, Mexico
34 – Noah Wright – 41, Austin, Texas
35 – Courtney Atkinson – 36, Mermaid Waters, QLD, Australia
36 – Brodie Gardner – 29, Marcoola, QLD, Australia

By Nationality

AUSTRALIA: Ben Allen, Courtney Atkinson, Brodie Gardner, Chris Legh
BELGIUM: Yeray Luxem, Jim Thijs
BRAZIL: Rodrigo Altafini
COSTA RICA: Rom Akerson
FRANCE: Fabien Combaluzier, Pierre-Yvez Facomprez, Damien Guillemet, Nicolas Fernandez, Arthur Forissier
GERMANY: Jens Roth
MEXICO: Mauricio Mendez, Francisco Serrano
NEW ZEALAND: Braden Currie, Sam Osborne, Cameron Paul, Olly Shaw
SPAIN: Juan Carlos Garcia, Ruben Ruzafa, Albert Soley
USA: Chris Ganter, Ben Hoffman, Ryan Ignatz, Josiah Middaugh, Branden Rakita, Will Ross, Noah Wright

Bib # (place at last year’s WC) – Name – Age, Hometown
61 (1) Flora Duffy – 28, Devonshire, Bermuda
62 (2) Barbara Riveros – 28, La Pintana, Chile
63 (4) Emma Garrard – 34, Park City, Utah
64 (5) Helena Erbenová – 36, Jablonec, Czech Republic
67 (9) Jacqui Slack – 32, Stoke-On-Trent, United Kingdom
68 (10) Carina Wasle – 31, Kundl, Austria
69 (15) Lizzie Orchard – 29, Epsom, New Zealand
70 (18) Susan Sloan – 34, Benoni, South Africa
71 (19) Maia Ignatz – 35, Boulder, Colorado
72 (20) Kara LaPoint – 28, Truckee, California
73 (21) Sara Schuler – 34, Boulder, Colorado
74 (30) Debby Sullivan – 34, Rocklin, California
76 – Renata Bucher – 38, Lucerne, Switzerland
77 – Fabiola Corona – 35, Mexico City, Mexico
78 – Myriam Guillot-Boisset – 36, Brindas, France
79 – Christine Jeffrey – 42, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
80 – Lesley Paterson – 35, Sterling, Scotland
81 – Jess Simson – 31, Wanaka, New Zealand
82 – Alena Stevens – 33, Tatranska, Slovakia
83 – Elisabetta Curridori – 24, Sardegna, Italy
84 – Verena Eisenbarth – 30, Passau, Germany

By Nationality

AUSTRIA: Carina Wasle
BERMUDA: Flora Duffy
CANADA: Christine Jeffrey
CHILE: Barbara Riveros
CZECH: Helena Erbenova
FRANCE: Myriam Guillot-Boisset
GERMANY: Verena Eisenbarth
GREAT BRITAIN: Lesley Paterson, Jacqui Slack
ITALY: Elisabetta Curridori
MEXICO: Fabiola Corona
NEW ZEALAND: Lizzie Orchard, Jess Simson
SLOVAKIA: Alena Stevens
SWITZERLAND: Renata Bucher
USA: Emma Garrard, Maia Ignatz, Kara LaPoint, Sara Schuler, Debby Sullivan