The International Surfing Association is proud to announce the first edition of the ISA World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship (ISA WSUPPC). The event is confirmed to take place February 6-11, 2012 on the beaches of Miraflores, home of the famous Waikiki Surf Club, the cradle of modern Peruvian Surfing.
The ISA decided to hold its own signature SUP and Paddleboard event in response to the explosive growth of the disciplines all over the world. “We’re thrilled to announce the creation of another World Championship,” said ISA President, Fernando Aguerre. “Standup Paddle Surfing and Racing are truly global sports and the ISA wants to support them with this yearly competition. On the other hand, we have Paddleboarding, a classic discipline practiced by many traditional and non-traditional surfing Nations. The combination of these two in one of the world’s biggest surf cities, Lima, will give us an amazing event that I’m already looking forward to,” ended Aguerre.
Karín Sierralta, Executive Director of the Peruvian Surfing Federation and ISA Vice-President said, “I’m excited because this coming year will be the third in a row that Peru organizes an elite ISA event. We enjoy having the National Teams from surfing Nations all over the world come to visit and surf in Peru. The World Junior Surfing Championship held earlier this year in Peru was a huge success and we hope the next event will be a repeat. Miraflores is a beautiful place with the best hotels, restaurants and points of interests, and it has a rich surfing and paddleboarding history.”
The ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will include the following divisions:
– Men and Women SUP Surfing
– Men and Women SUP Sprint Racing
– Men and Women SUP Long Course Racing
– Men/Women Sprint Relay
– Men and Women Paddleboard Race
Over 100 competitors from over 20 countries are expected to attend the historic event. It will be the first time ever that SUP surfers and racers, and Paddleboarders gather to defend their native colors in an ISA World Championship.
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 104 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).