ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship
February 24 to March 2, 2013
Miraflores, Lima, Peru
The second annual ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship will take place February 24 to March 2, 2013 on the beaches of Miraflores, Lima, Peru – home of the famous Club Waikiki and the cradle of Peruvian surfing.
In this second edition of the World Championship, the best men and women from all over the globe will gather in Miraflores to determine the Gold Medalists in SUP Surfing, SUP Racing and Prone Paddleboarding.
Mexico’s Fernando Stalla, who will be back to compete this year, boosts during the inaugural World SUP and Paddleboard Championship last year in Peru. Photo: ISA/Tweddle
The ten things you need to know about the 2013 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship are:
1. The Event
The ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will gather the world’s best SUP Racers and Surfers, and Paddleboarders to compete in a National Teams competition.
It is an “Olympic Style” event – teams compete for medals and the honor of representing their countries. The excellence of competitive paddling reaches its highest level as each participant defends his or her flag.
2. The Competition
The ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship is an annual event that returns to Peru for its second edition in the beautiful waves at La Pampilla, Miraflores, in the surfing city of Lima, Peru, and will feature defending Gold Medalists and up-and-coming athletes from around the world.
3. The History
The ISA is Surfing’s World Governing Authority as recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The ISA first held the World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in January 2012 due to the increasing popularity and growing talent level participating in these disciplines on a global level.
During the inaugural World Championship last year at the same location, the Australian team won six out of the eleven possible Individual Gold Medals plus the Team Relay Race, giving the Aussies the overall Team Gold Medal and the Club Waikiki-Peru Trophy, establishing them as the world leader in SUP and Paddleboard.
South Africa’s Anna Notten earned a Silver Medal in both the Paddleboard Short Race and Distance Race and will be back representing her country aspiring to take the Gold Medal this year. Photo: ISA/Marrotta
4. The Mission
With the goal of developing all wave riding sports around the world, the ISA has returned to Peru for the fifth time and second year in a row for the World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.
Produced by Latin Pro and the Peruvian Surfing Federation, FENTA, Peru hosted the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in 2011, the ISA World Surfing Games in 2010, both taking place in Punta Hermosa, and the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship in 2008 at Punta Rocas.
5. The Support
Thanks to the continued support from legendary Club Waikiki, IPD (Peruvian Institute of Sports), ADO (Peruvian Association of Olympic Athletes), and COP (Peruvian Olympic Committee), the ISA is looking forward to improving upon the success of the inaugural 2012 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.
6. The Numbers
Over 120 SUPers and Paddleboarders from more than 20 countries will fill over 200 slots competing in the event. It will feature the following divisions with the maximum number of competitors per country in parenthesis:
SUP Surfing Men (2) and Women (1)
SUP Racing Men (2) and Women (1)
-Technical SUP Racing Men and Women
-Distance SUP Racing Men and Women
Paddleboard Racing Men (2) and Women (1)
– Distance Paddleboard Racing Men and Women
-Technical Racing Men and Women
Paddle Team Relay (4 athletes per team)
-Sup Racing Men (1) and Women (1)
-Paddleboard Men (1) and Women (1)
7. The Schedule
The ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship Opening Ceremony will officially take place on February 24, 2013 at Lima’s Parque Kennedy with the Parade of the Nations and the Sands of the World Ceremony.
During the Sands of the World Ceremony, the participating countries will carry sand from their local beach and pour it into a glass container on stage symbolizing the peaceful gathering of nations through the love of surfing.
Full schedule below:
Thursday, 21 February
11:00 am Press Conference, Municipalidad de Miraflores
Sun, 24 February:
11:30 am Parade of Nations, Parque Kennedy, Miraflores
12:00 pm Opening Ceremony, Parque Kennedy, Miraflores
Monday, February 25:
8:00am – 4:40pm Competition: SUP Surf, La Pampilla
Tuesday, February 26:
9:00 am – 12:00pm Competition Final: Distance Race, La Pamilla
1:00pm – 3:40pm Competition: Surf
Wednesday, February 27:
8:00am – 12:00pm Competition: Surf
12:40pm – 3:20pm Competition Preliminaries: Paddle Tech Race
Thursday, February 28:
8:00am – 11:20am Competition: Surf
12:20pm – 3:00pm Competiton Preliminaries: SUP Tech Race
Friday, March 1:
8:00am – 12:00pm Competition: Surf
12:40pm – 1:20pm Competition Final: Paddle Tech Race Women
1:20pm – 2:00pm Competition Final: Paddle Tech Race Men
2:40pm – 4:00pm Competition Preliminaries: Relay Race
Saturday, March 2:
8:00am – 8:25am Competition: Repechage Final: Surf Women
8:25am – 8:50am Competition: Repechage Final Surf Men
9:20am – 10:00am Competition Final: SUP Tech Race Women
10:00am – 10:40am Competition Final: SUP Tech Race Men
10:40am – 11:05am Competition Final: Surf Women
11:05am – 11:30am Competition Final: Surf Men
12:00pm – 1:20pm Competition Final: Relay Race
1:40pm Closing Ceremony
8. The Expectation
Traditional SUP and Paddleboarding powerhouses like Australia and Brazil have confirmed their participation in the event. Ten-time Molokai-to-Oahu Paddleboarding Champion and world-renowned waterman, Jamie Mitchell (AUS) will be a strong contender in the SUP Distance race.
In addition, new countries will have a presence in the Championship including India, Denmark, and Sweden.
9. The Venue
The SUP Surfing World Champions will be determined at the perfect rights at La Pampilla with its long, rock-bottom waves. The Men’s and Women’s winners will each hoist the Hector Velarde Trophy, named in honor of Peru’s first surfing champion.
The Distance Race, which is the same for both SUP and Prone events, will run from La Pampilla to Playa Barrancos and back and a length of approximately 18-20Km.
The Technical Races will run through a course that is approximately 5-6km set by buoys in the ocean and will start and finish in the surf at La Pampilla.
The Team Relay Race is approximately a 500m-course set by 2 buoys in the water and will start and finish in the surf at La Pampilla.
10. The Facts
Club Waikiki was founded in 1942 by the father of Peruvian surfing, Carlos Dogny. It’s one of the oldest surfing clubs in the world.
Eduardo Arena, founder of the International Surfing Federation (ISF), was raised in Lima and began his surfing life in front of Club Waikiki. The ISF became the International Surfing Association (ISA) in 1976.
The boards used for SUP racing competitions must have a maximum length no longer than 12’6” (over 3.5 meters) and for Paddleboard a limit of 12’. There is no size limit for the SUP surfing equipment.
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, 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) 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).