2016 Fiji ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship
November 12-20 – Fiji
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The ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) is an ISA World Championship that features four disciplines—SUP Surfing, SUP Racing Technical, SUP Racing Distance and Paddleboard Racing Technical and Distance. Within the SUP Racing and Paddleboard disciplines, athletes will be competing in up to three (3) events including the Technical and Distance Races and the Paddle Relay. There will be one Gold Medal National Team.
Sanctioned by the International Surfing Association
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If you are an individual athlete interested in participating in the 2016 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship, please contact your National Governing Body here.
The Mamanuca islands in western Fiji are your typical South-Sea island dream of palm-fringed, alabaster beaches, technicolor reefs and pastel-hued sunsets.
At this year’s World SUP and Paddleboard event, competitors will paddle through these stunning islands and ride Fiji’s most iconic wave – Cloudbreak – home of the ISA’s annual ‘Fiji Pro’ surf competition.
As one of Fiji’s most popular tourism hubs, the region is chock-full of exciting things to do. Here’s a few to book on your downtime.
This heavenly two-tier floating bar hovers above dazzling Roro Reef off Malolo island – just a 15min boat ride from Cloudbreak. Wood-fired Italian pizzas, cool cocktails, cold beers and laid-back tunes make this the perfect mid-ocean chill-out spot. Snorkels are handy for when you’re not doing somersaults off the top-deck and groups can pre-arrange more watersports for their visit.
Safari has got to be the most exciting way to see these islands. This Malolo-based adventure takes you on an exhilarating, high-speed jaunt to uninhabited Monuriki island (of ‘Castaway’ movie fame) for a few hours of beach bumming, cave exploring and snorkeling the island’s crystalline waters.
One for the bucketlist. Leap from a dizzying 14,000ft over Nadi or the Mananuca Islands for breathtakingly beautiful bird’s-eye views of the island and reef mosaics. Opt for the video/photo packages to capture your most brag-worthy freefall moments.
Get aerial or drenched on the latest hydro-propelled and motorized water toys (jetboards, hoverboards, and flyboards). Jetskis, wakeboards, tubes and SUPs are also up for hire. This mobile watersports company is based out of Nadi, but can also cater to group bookings from the Coral Coast, Beachcomber, Tavarua, Namotu and Cloud 9. Ask about their combo and group deals.
Quadbike tours let you play dirty on the dusty backroads of Nadi’s pine-covered hinterland. Detour to the Sabeto mudpools, a zip n’ dip at the Sleeping Giant Zipline or cap off an action-packed highland adventure with an epic helicopter ride back to base.
Escape the beach into the heart of Fiji’s big island with Talanoa Treks – Fiji’s only dedicated hiking company. The multi-day (2-3 day) hikes take you off the beaten track over sparkling rivers and dramatic, sun-kissed hills to remote villages – there’s no better way to experience Fiji’s rugged interior.
Fly through the Fijian bush at Momi Bay, a short 35-min drive outside Nadi. This tree-top adventure boasts 16 giant ziplines, panoramic views, a cave tour and a scrumptious lunch. Combine the zips with cave abseils and you’ve got yourself an adrenalin-fuelled day out.
Visit www.fiji.travel for more activity ideas.
The schedule is subject to change at any time by the ISA
Wednesday, Nov 9
- On-site Registration, Day 1
Thursday, Nov 10
- On-site Registration, Day 2
Friday, Nov 11
- On-site Registration, Final Day (closes promptly at 3:00pm!!)
- Managers Meeting
Saturday, Nov 12
- Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremony
Sunday, Nov 13 – November 16
- TBD between SUP Surfing and Technical Races – both at Cloudbreak
November 17 – 18
- SUP and Prone Distance Races – starting at Cloudbreak, ending at Musket Cove
Sunday, Nov 20
- Team Relay Races
- Closing Ceremony
- location soon to be announced
Please take note: the team size has changed from 13 total athletes to 15. All teams are strongly encouraged to read the full event and equipment details in the current ISA Rulebook Team Size:
- 10 Men
- 5 Women
- Alternates, Team Officials and Team Supporters- no limit
Competitors Per Discipline:
- SUP Surfing: Men (2), and Women (1)
- SUP Racing Technical: Men (2), and Women (1)
- SUP Racing Distance: Men (2), and Women (1)
- Paddleboard Racing Technical: Men (2), and Women (1)
- Paddleboard Racing Distance: Men (2), and Women (1)
**The Paddleboard Discipline is now split to mimic the SUP Racing Divisions. This gives teams the opportunity to field 2 specialists in the Paddleboard Technical Race, and 2 different specialists in the Paddleboard Distance Race Competitors for Special Event:
- Team Paddle Relay:
- Sup Racing Men (1) and Women (1)
- Paddleboard Men (1) and Women (1)
REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS Steps to complete pre-event registration:
- Team Roster - Create a list of athletes (with divisions listed), team officials, and email addresses and send to ISA Membership Manager, Megan Burns, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Required Registration Paperwork - Prior to arrival, all team members must complete the *REQUIRED* Registration Paperwork through the following link: http://www.isasurf.org/athlete_registration/
- Complete Payment – To pay online with a credit card, please see below under the “PAYMENT” tab. Contact email@example.com to request an invoice for your National Federation or to pay via wire transfer.
- Event Registration Appointment – On-site registration will take place on November 9, 10, and 11. Email firstname.lastname@example.org today to set up a registration date and time. Appointments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority going to teams that have completed registration payment.
- Travel & Accommodation Information
- Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) forms. These forms may be submitted via email or fax to the ISA HQ and are requested at least 30 days in advance of the contest. For more information on the ISA Anti-Doping policy, see below in the “GENERAL INFORMATION” tab.
Submit to ISA during on-site Registration:
- Passports – All athletes’ nationality and ages must be confirmed. Actual passport and clear copies of passports must be provided at time of registration.
- Sand – 2.5 liters of dry sand from the beaches of your country for the Sands of the World Ceremony. Label the sand container with country and beach name.
- National Flag
- ISA Competitor Stickers and National Flag Stickers – The ISA requires all athletes to place the mandatory ISA Competitor and National Flag stickers on the top 1/3 of their board (front and back) prior to entering the water for their heats. ISA Competitor stickers will be distributed by the Beach Marshalls, and athletes are required to bring their own National Flag stickers to the event.
ATHLETE ATTENDANCE AT REGISTRATION All team athletes must be present at time of registration for personal verification of their identity by ISA officials. It is the Team Manager’s responsibility to ensure athletes are present during registration. Please arrange accordingly, since athletes not present will not be registered and will not be allowed participation in the competition. There shall be no exception to this requirement of physical attendance of competitors during registration of the team.
REGISTRATION FEE SCHEDULE
- USD$225: Early Registration is until October 18 (starting from the day of announcement)
- USD$250: Late Registration is October 19- November 8 (starting exactly three weeks before on-site registration)
- USD$300: On-site Registration is Nov 9, 10, and 11th
The ISA will only accept USD$, or be prepared to pay online in the ISA Store with credit card, during Team Registration and throughout the duration of the contest. Please bring the correct amount. Items to note:
- Registration fees will be charged to each team member, managers, coaches, translators, medical staff, media, supporters and additional parties.
- An athlete competing in more than one discipline is required to pay a Registration Fee for each discipline entered.
- All registrants must complete their online paperwork prior to on-site check-in (November 8): link: http://www.isasurf.org/athlete_registration/
- Alternates must be identified and paid for prior to close of registration to be eligible for participation in the contest.
- Teams must register as a team, and have all the registration requirements collected and ready to hand over before their registration can begin.
The benefits of registration include:
- Access to Official ISA Pre and Post Event Communications
- Invitations to Official Event Functions
- Participation in the Parade of Nations and Official Opening Ceremony
- Official Event T-Shirt
- Official gift bag with Rulebook, Event Program, Sticker, Poster, etc.
- Access to Team Tents at Contest Venue
- Water at Contest Venue
The ISA’s policy is to collect registration fees for all those officially associated with each team, as well as those who desire to obtain any of the registration benefits. This includes all coaches, medical staff, translators, media, family members and friends who want VIP credentials. OUTSTANDING BALANCES
- A nation will not be allowed to compete if it has any outstanding dues payable to the ISA. Contact ISA Finance and Administration Manager, Claudia Alvarez, at email@example.com to verify outstanding account balances.
- SUP Surfing-No weight or length restrictions
- SUP Racing-Technical and Distance: 12’6″ and Under; no weight restrictions
- Paddleboard-Technical and Distance: 12′ and Under; no weight restrictions
- All Boards:
- Single hull
- Stationary/non-correctional fins
- Fin box allowed
- Equipment is the responsibility of the teams and will be officially checked at designated times prior to its use in competition.
- Secure board storage will be supplied by the Event Organizer at both the Beach and Lake venues.
- Athletes must supply their own equipment.
- SEL is a company specializing in logistics and transport for sporting events. If you have not yet secured your board transportation, we recommend reaching out to the following contacts at SEL:
- Elisabetta Gatti firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vladimir Nigro email@example.com
- Alternatively, if an athlete has a board sponsor, we suggest reaching out to your sponsor to see if they are able to assist in your board transportation, as they are most likely familiar with shipping boards to Fiji.
- If your team is flying via Fiji Airways, please contact Jone Ravitu (firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding freight of boards.
More info coming soon….
**The ISA Contest Director reserves the right to make necessary changes to any course or schedule due to conditions related to the safety of competitors. **Exact maps will be provided as soon as course details have been set
- SUP Surfing
- Location: Cloudbreak
- SUP and Prone Distance Racing Course
- Location: Cloudbreak to Musket Cove
- Distance: approximately 18-20km
- SUP and Prone Tech Racing Course
- Location: Cloudbreak
- Technical: approximately 5-6km
- There will be a “mothership” boat departing once daily from Port Denarau. Any athlete competing in the respective event that day will have complimentary boat transportation along with one of their coaches.
- If there is extra room on the ship, our event hosts will open the availability to fellow teammates for a relatively low charge. More information will be announced in the near future.
- The ISA will soon be providing each team with a list of other boat operators that can be hired during the event.
The ISA strongly recommends that each team procures travel insurance (including, but not limited to accident, liability and medical) for all of their participants. We suggest that team insurance cover accidents or injuries sustained while in Fiji, including those treated in Fiji or in the country of their return upon leaving Fiji.
- All finalists and three randoms will be tested throughout the event
- Prescription, non-prescription or even herbal remedies may be on the WADA Prohibited Substance List. If you want to see if your medication is prohibited, please reference this list here: http://www.globaldro.com/Home
- If your medication is listed as a banned substance, you must apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) form to request permission for the use of the prohibited substance.
- Contact Megan Burns (email@example.com) to request a TUE form application.
Representation The ISA will ONLY accept a valid passport from the country the athlete is representing as proof of nationality for participation in World Championship events. The only exception is for National Identification cards issued by the National Government of the team country that clearly shows “Nationality or Citizenship.” Note: Such a card showing place of birth but not Nationality or Citizenship of the athlete will not be accepted as place of birth does not provide automatic citizenship in many countries. The ISA will not accept any other form of government documentation supporting a passport or eligibility of passport to verify nationality. This policy will be implemented immediately and has been updated in the ISA rulebook. Once a competitor has surfed for a country in any ISA event, he/she generally may not surf for another country at future ISA sanctioned International Events. If an athlete is allowed to represent a second nation based on the conditions set forth in Paragraph b of By-Laws to rule outlined below, he/she may not change back to representing his/her original country. Special exemptions may be considered, however, after presentation to the Executive Committee at least three (3) months prior to the start of any ISA sanctioned event. Requests for exemption will only be considered if received in writing through the affiliated NGB to the Executive Committee via the ISA office, with certified copies of all relevant documentation (passport, letters from/to National Sports Organizations or Home Affairs Offices, etc) accompanying representation. *Please see the ISA rulebook for By-Laws. Drug Testing Drug Testing will follow the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) guidelines and will be conducted during the competition. A selected group of finalists plus three (3) random tests will be conducted. To check on the updated list of banned substances, go to the WADA website www.wada-ama.org. If an athlete is required to take medication to treat an illness or condition which happens to fall under the Prohibited List, a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) may give that athlete the authorization to take the needed medicine. Please contact the ISA to submit all TUEs at least 30 days prior to the start of the competition. Passports & Visas Please check with your travel agent or your Foreign Affairs Department for requirements. You can also get additional visa information by clicking HERE . Visitors must provide evidence of return or onward travel in the form of an itinerary or air ticket. Travel Vaccines Please contact your Foreign Affairs Department for further information. Travel Insurance The ISA strongly recommends that each team procures travel insurance (including, but not limited to accident, liability and medical) for all of their participants. We suggest that team insurance cover accidents or injuries sustained while in Fiji, including those treated in Fiji or in the country of their return upon leaving Fiji.
Our Local Hosts have compiled a package of discounted accommodation options for our teams. Please CLICK HERE to take advantage of these discounts.
TAVARUA ISLAND There is still availability!! If interested, please contact the following:
- Tanja Muller – firstname.lastname@example.org – Tavarua Booking Agent at Waterways Travel
- The rate for the 7 night on island package, November 12 – 19, 2016, not including flights areBeach Bure/Sunrise Bure
$2606USD per person surfer/competitor rate
$4606USD couples rate (one competitor one spectator)
$1192USD per person teen rate (12 – 14yrs; in room with parent)
$760USD per person child rate (2-11yrs; in room with parent)Tavarua Villa
$3106USD per person surfer/competitor rate
$5606USD couples rate (one competitor one spectator)
$1192USD per person teen rate (12 – 14yrs; in room with parent)
$760USD per person child rate (2-11yrs; in room with parent)And the packages include:
• 7 nights “Beach Bure” Air Conditioned Accommodation
• 3 meals daily, filtered water, coffee, tea, juice with breakfast
• Unlimited surf transfers by boat to local breaks
• Use of resort facilities (SUP, kayak, snorkeling, fitness facility, skate ramp, etc.)
• Hotel taxes
Not included is:
• Beverages while on island (other than those listed above)
• Round trip airport transfer (to be billed to your room; $82USD per person)
• Travel Insurance
IMPORTANT – A nation will not be allowed to compete if it has any outstanding dues payable to the ISA. For Credit Card payments, pay on the ISA website, www.isasurf.org. For Onsite payment, the ISA will only accept US Dollars. For Wire transfers, please contact the ISA for details (email@example.com).