2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship Set to Mark First-Ever ISA Event in Fiji

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26 nations have confirmed their participation for the week of competition to come

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The 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship is set to kick off on Saturday, November 12, in the tropical paradise of Fiji when the Opening Ceremony inaugurates the competition in Port Denarau.

DSC00261Cloudbreak has been providing solid swell for the competitors to warm up for the competition. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

All 26 National SUP and Paddleboard Teams featuring 244 athletes have announced their rosters to compete in the SUP Surfing, SUP Racing and Paddleboard Racing disciplines for the week of competition to come.

The National Teams that are confirmed to compete are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Denmark, Fiji, France, Great Britain, Hawaii, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Puerto Rico, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tahiti and USA.

For a full list of team rosters, visit: http://isaworlds.com/sup/2016/en/teams/

fijiFiji has fielded a team for the first time in the history of the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship and will apply their local knowledge to the competition.

On Saturday, November 12 at 4:30pm local time, the Opening Ceremony will kick off the festivities featuring the Parade of Nations and Flags of the World in Port Denarau. All 26 nations will parade through the marina of Port Denarau to the Opening Ceremony stage, where they will participate in the Flags of the World Ceremony.

A tradition that usually features sand from each nation, the Flags of the World Ceremony will unite the flags of every nation in a container to respect the restrictions of bringing foreign sand into Fiji. This ceremony symbolizes the peaceful gathering of nations of the world through SUP.

Representing the global growth of the sport of SUP in non-traditional nations, India has fielded a team in an ISA World Championship for the first time in history. Two Indian athletes, Sekar Patchai and Tanvi Jagadish, are confirmed to compete.

Tanvi Jagadish, 16-year-old SUP racer from India, said:

“I feel really good to represent my nation of India. This is my first international and ISA SUP competition.

“SUP is growing in India, especially with the girls. Every year the number of girls competing is increasing along with the number of competitions in our national championship tour. With this opportunity provided by the ISA, more girls will be inspired to practice SUP and Surfing.”

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:

“As the globally recognized World Governing Body for SUP in all its variations, the ISA is proud to bring the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship to Fiji for the first time, a great step forward for the sports of SUP and Paddleboard. The crystal clear waters of Fiji and the powerful waves of Cloudbreak will provide the perfect platform for the world’s best SUP surfers, SUP racers and Paddleboard athletes to push the limits of these sports.

“This event features true Olympic spirit with athletes from all five continents representing their nations.  It’s another stepping stone in our vision and push for SUP’s Olympic inclusion.”

The 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will be a Deep Blue Surfing Event, which means that it has set a clear path for reducing environmental impacts.

The event will focus on diverting waste primarily from the boats, Opening Ceremony and the island of Tavarua into recycling and compost. Additionally, the event will be carbon neutral through a partnership with Starboard and the Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park in Myanmar, which will offset the carbon footprint of the flights, lodging and food through the CO2 that is absorbed by planting Mangroves.

The schedule for the week of competition will be the following*:

November 12: Press Conference, second floor of Rhum Ba restaurant, Port Denarau at 2:30pm; Opening Ceremony at 4:30pm, Port Denarau
November 13-15: SUP Surfing, Cloudbreak
November 16: Technical SUP and Paddleboard Races, Cloudbreak
November 17-18: Distance SUP and Paddleboard Races, Cloudbreak to Musket Cove
November 19: Lay day
November 20: Relay Races and Closing Ceremony, Port Denarau

*Local time in Fiji. Schedule is subject to changes.

Tune into the live webcast November 12-20 here: http://isaworlds.com/sup/2016/en/

About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men’s and Women’s World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; and World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 100 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL).