Aloha, my name is Candice Renee Appleby. I am 25 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 both Honolulu, Hawaii 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 September 2011 I won my 4th consecutive Battle of the Paddle which is essentially the World Championship of SUP racing.
Beyond SUP, I also compete in triathlons, various Pro Longboard events, body surfing, canoe surfing , prone paddleboard races, lifeguard competitions and other ASP sanctioned events. In 2010, the Stand Up Journal featured me as the “Woman of the Year”. In 2011 I launched an Anti·Bullying campaign called “Stand Up for the Children” and I am the co-host of the “Wake Up Sup Show” on supoonnect.com. In my free time I volunteer at Na Kama Kai, a non-profit organization that teaches ocean resources to Hawaii’s disadvantaged children. It is in the balance of fitness, competition, travel, family and faith that l am able to fully appreciate all the things I am capable of accomplishing, as well as inviting new opportunities into my life.