Itzel Delgado racing the Infinity Blackfish and Whiplash

See what one of the best paddle racers in the world has to say about the Infinity Whiplash and Blackfish

Who is Itzel Delgado

I started SUP in 2012, when a friend of my father, brought one to Lima and left it at our house.   Dad started using the board and after a few months he got invited to a race in the trials for the Peruvian team for the 2013 ISA SUP Games in Lima. With a lot of training and effort, he made the team and ended up competing in the distance race.

I was still only 14, but seeing my dad competing in the World Championships, right near our house, meant I was totally hooked on this amazing new sport, and had to try it for myself.

My dad had been waiting for this moment, and had a board and paddle ready for me to use.   The waves were big, and I was definitely scared, but this was something special and life changing, that I had to do.

Since that day, I have never looked back and have been so lucky to travel and paddle with the very best in the world.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

I have a dream, to become World Champion on the Professional World Tour, and that is my ultimate goal.

I’d love to be part of the Infinity SUP Team, and help with designing new boards, especially the Infinity Blackfish and Infinity Whiplash, which I’ve been racing the past few years.

You’ve probably all seen us racing in some amazing places, and to be honest, those venues really offer up some classic conditions, sometimes glassy flat and other times big waves.

How did you cope during lockdown?

I never stopped training, but it was really hard to keep motivated and driven. A lot of the time we couldn’t go on the water, so I had to invent new ways of training and working out to keep fit.

Luckily I had the support from my Personal Trainer and found the way to do the workouts at home until I was able to start training in the water again.