She has been called “the quintessential water-woman,” and on May 6, PLNU junior nursing major Emmy Merrill proved her dominance once again.
On the final day of the StandUp Paddle (SUP) surfing portion of the 2014 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) in Nicaragua, Emmy took home the gold in the women’s SUP Surfing event.
With 27 countries representing five continents, the 2014 ISA Championship events in Nicaragua kicked off on Sunday, May 4. The 2014 Men’s and Women’s SUP Surfing gold medalists were decided on Tuesday with excellent performances from the best men and women SUP surfers in very contestable waves in La Boquita, Nicaragua.
Emmy, the 2012 ISA WSUPPC gold medalist, came out of qualifying rounds with a strong performance, posting the highest total heat score of the round. She took the gold on Tuesday with a score of 13.50. The 2014 ISA WSUPPC victory is the latest achievement for the talented Merrill who has been a fierce competitor since her days at San Clemente High School.
We had a chance to sit down with Emmy after her 2012 gold – read the Q&A.