2013 ISA WORLD STANDUP PADDLE AND PADDLEBOARD CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINS SUNDAY

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The Opening Ceremony Marks the Start of the World Championship at La Pampilla, Lima, Peru

Miraflores, Lima, Peru, February 23, 2013- The International Surfing Association (ISA) is pleased to announce the 2013 ISA World Standup Paddle and Paddleboard Championship begins on Sunday.

The Opening Ceremony will officially mark the start of the second annual World Championship in the beautiful coastal city of Miraflores, and will feature the ISA’s traditional Parade of Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony. This ceremony allows each participating nation to come to the stage waving their national flag while pouring sand from their local beach into a glass container symbolizing the peaceful gathering of nations through the love of surfing.

2012 ISA World SUP Long Distance Race Gold Medalist, Jamie Mitchel will face tough competition in the SUP Distance and Technical races this year. Photo: ISA/Marotta

2012 ISA World SUP Long Distance Race Gold Medalist, Jamie Mitchel will face tough competition in the SUP Distance and Technical races this year. Photo: ISA/Marotta

“I’m very excited that all 23 National Teams have arrived and settled in the beautiful city of Miraflores in Lima, Peru, the cradle of Latin American surfing” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “With the Opening Ceremony on Sunday morning, followed by the first day of competition on Monday, all the athletes are excited and ready to compete for the Individual and Team Gold Medals.”

“The surf forecast is looking promising for the entire week with the swell peaking at 6-8ft,” added Aguerre. “Adjacent to the surf area is a calm bay where the SUP and Paddleboard racers will enjoy great conditions as well. Our hosts will be delivering an amazing Opening Ceremony to welcome all the National Delegations from around the world. I wish all the surfers the best of luck.”

ISA President Fernando Aguerre with the Sands of the World during the Opening Ceremony of the ISA’s inaugural World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in 2012.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre with the Sands of the World during the Opening Ceremony of the ISA’s inaugural World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in 2012.

As part of the Opening Ceremony, a unique presentation of the local and traditional Peruvian culture will be showcased.

The 2013 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will be available to view on the live webcast at www.isawsuppc.com

Here is the schedule for the 2013 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Opening Ceremony live webcast:

Sunday, 11:30am Peru
Sunday, 8:30am West Coast USA
Sunday, 5:30pm Western Europe
Monday, 3:30am Sydney, Australia
Calculate the time for all other areas