This isn’t the first time that talented Holly has competed internationally. She placed 11th in last year’s competition at La Boquita, Nicaragua, an amazing achievement considering that she was the youngest competitor in her discipline.
Holly is now in the Lower Sixth, and she said of the experience: ‘Most [competitors] were professionals from countries like America and Australia, and they have access to great waves all of the time. It was really good to meet them and I learned and improved so much.’
Holly became Britain’s youngest paddle surfing champion in October 2013. The West Wittering native started paddle surfing at a very young age, inspired by her father Simon Bassett to take up the sport.
Paddle surfing is thought to have originated in Hawaii, but it was in California that it gained most of its popularity. Its popularity increased internationally when it was recognised as an official sport in 2005.
This year’s ISA World Standup and Paddleboard Championship in Sayulita takes place from the 10th to the 17th May. Holly will be balancing the competition with her forthcoming external exams, so we wish her best of luck for both events.