JP-Australia welcomes Paul Ganse, from Germany to our international team. Paul has been paddle boarding since 2015, after a long career in kayaking and canoeing. “I’m happy to start the new season as an international team rider for JP-Australia. Many thanks for your support. So let’s go paddle and have fun!”, Paul declared.
Paul has been paddling since he was 8 years old. He started as a kayaker, and he went to the elite school of sport in Potsdam when he was 13, where he trained to become a professional. After 4 years of intensive training, Paul changed the kayak to the canoe. The two years as a professional canoer were successful, with a 6th place at the European Championships Marathon and a 5th place at the World Championships Marathon.
Paul in Scharbeutz – Photo: Emely Siewert
He decided to change to SUP in February 2015, even though this sport was absolutely new for him. “This was great because I found something I’m good at, where I didn’t always just have to paddle straight on. I have fun with it. SUP is much more then only paddling and that makes the sport so special for me”. His motivation increased rapidly since then, and he quickly collected his first successes. In his first year on SUP, he finished 26th at Lost Mills and reached the podium at the long distance race at the German championship of the DKV in Berlin, coming in 3rd.
With hard work came the improved performance in 2016. The results at important national German races speak for themselves:
Paul Ganse in Rostock – Photo: Dan Petermann
Paul is now focused on international competitions and on becoming a constant name in the professional international SUP scene. For this reason, he decided to go to Cape Town for the next 6 months to focus on his training and to have the best conditions to improve his skills.
Welcome to our international team, Paul!