Fernando Stalla was crowned the WPA Champion in 2012 and 2013. His win in Mexico in 2012 came just two years after Fernando began Stand Up Paddling in 2010. However, he’s been surfing since he was just 8 years old. Fernando was born in the Fiji Islands and spent his early years in Brazil and Costa Rica. When he was 12, Fernando moved to the coastal village of Sayulita, Mexico where he currently resides. Some of his hobbies include surfing, free diving, and spear fishing. Fernando is an accomplished waterman and a member of the Mexican national surf team.
We caught up with the busy Fernando to ask him a few of our favorite Questions! See what he had to say:
Q: When did you first start paddling and on what type of board (or craft) before you started SUP?
Paddling with my hands, when I started surfing at 8 years old on a short board.
Q: How did you get started in SUP?
The Punta Sayulita Classic event got me hooked on the sport. The rest is history!
Q: What is a average training day like for you?
Paddle. Eat. Rest. Paddle. Eat. Rest. (editor’s note: I love this answer. I love rest!)
Q: What goals do you have for yourself in the sport of SUP?
I would like to continue my training and become the #1 racer.
Q: What one tip would you give to someone aspiring to become a better paddler?
Enjoy the nature when you paddle and push through the pain and fatigue.
Q: What do enjoy most about the sport of SUP?
That no matter where you are you will find a place to practice it.
Q: What are goals for the future, they don’t have to be SUP related?
I would like to continue to push the growth of the sport in Mexico, and also to get new generations to take up the sport and make a career out of it.
Q: What makes your motor run and what turns it off?
The competitive nature and to make a good example for the new generations makes it run.
Injuries turn it off.
Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
Q: What would you most like to be remembered for?
An Elite athlete and a role model .
Q: If you could lobby for one thing in the sport of SUP, what would it be?
Make it an Olympic sport
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
¿¿What?? None. Very easy going guy.
Q: What are your favorite tunes while training?
I train without music