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CJ Perez

CJ Perez

Height158 cm/ 5’4”Home CountryUSA
Weight49.5 kg/110 lbsHometownHonolulu, Hawaii

Career Highlights

  • 2021 USA Champion Gold – WASZP
  • 2019 World Champion Gold - Open Bic
  • 2018 North American Gold - Open Bic
  • 2017 World Champion Gold - Team Open Bic

Perez joins the United States SailGP Team as a highly-skilled foiling competitor from Hawaii’s burgeoning WASZP sailing circuit. In preparation for joining the team at events later in Season 2, she will be participating in a remote development program supported by team coaches and athletes.

A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Perez did not grow up in a sailing family but became interested in the sport after watching community sailing programs on the island. Through local instruction, she immediately began ascending the ranks of the Open Bic class most notably becoming the first female athlete to win the 2018 North American Championship and ultimately, win the World Championship the following year.

Perez joins the team with an impressive amount of foiling ability, most recently displaying a dominant performance winning the 2021 WASZP USA Championship. She has also led programming within the class to optimize foil shape and design — a process that includes collaboration with modelling and fluid dynamics experts in the Hawaiian science community. In 2017, she was selected to compete and be part of the foiling exhibition at the 35th America’s Cup Endeavour Finals in Bermuda.

In addition to her time on the water in the WASZP, Perez enjoys foil surfing in her free time.