Aloha, my name is Candice Renee Appleby. I am 26 years old and moved to Hawaii from San Clemente, California eight years ago.  I began surfing at age nine and competing at age ten.  While in High school I was the captain of the National Champion San Clemente High surf team.  Upon graduation from high school I was asked to participate in the world games in South Africa as a member of the US amateur team, however I declined the offer as I already had prior plans of moving to Hawaii to further my education and athletic career.

I graduated from the University of Hawaii in 2008, with a Bachelors of Science degree in Tropical Plants & Soil Science and currently reside in and San Clemente, California.  I have been competing in professional Stand Up Paddle competitions and Open ocean SUP races for almost six years. In the summer of 2008, I became the first woman to beat the men in a professional SUP surfing event at the Duke Kahanamoku Oceanfest. In October of this year I won my fourth consecutive Battle of the Paddle which is essentially the World Championship of SUP racing.

Beyond SUP, I also compete in ocean triathlons, various Pro Longboard events, body surfing, canoe surfing, prone paddleboarding, lifeguard competitions and other ASP sanction events. In 2010, Stand Up Journal featured me as the “Woman of the Year” in their worldwide publication. This year I launched an Anti-Bullying campaign called “Stand Up for the Children” and I am also the Host of the “Wake Up Sup Show” on, as well as, the CFO/Co-Founder of Performance Paddling LLC.  It is in the balance of fitness, competition, travel, family and faith that I am able to fully appreciate all the things I am capable of accomplishing, as well as inviting new opportunities into my life.

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