ISA WORLD STANDUP PADDLE AND PADDLEBOARD CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS TO PERU IN 2013

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The Inaugural World SUP Surfing Men’s Champion and winner of the Hector Velarde Trophy, Antoine Delpero (FRA). Photo: ISA/Tweddle

ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship
February 24- March 2
Miraflores, Lima, Peru

La Jolla, California, December 26, 2012- The International Surfing Association (ISA) is excited to announce the second edition of the ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship in Miraflores, Peru. After a historic inaugural event in January 2012, Peru is getting ready to once again host the world’s top athletes to compete February 24th to March 2nd, 2013.

Peru is anticipating 150 of the world’s greatest watermen from 25 countries who will compete in 11 different events in the Men and Women’s divisions, all in search of taking home the Gold Medals and the Club Waikiki-Peru Team Trophy.

“SUP is one of the fastest growing sports, not just within surfing, but of all sports around the world,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “It is an honor to also have the Paddleboard Championship because prone paddling is an ancient discipline of surfing that dates back to the 1700′s in Hawaii, and it’s also strongly growing right now. 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), we look forward to replicating the success of the inaugural 2012 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. It is with great pleasure that we will once again watch the world’s best competitors showcase their talent at the historic surf beach of La Pampilla, in Lima, Peru.”

In the 2012 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, 17 teams (Argentina, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Chile, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, USA and Venezuela) gathered in Miraflores, to become part of surfing and ISA’s history as the first countries to compete in the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.

2012 ISA competitors from left Colin McPhillips (USA), Jamie Mitchell (AUS) and Antoine Delpero (FRA) have a combined 16 World Titles. The lycras featured the Olympic Rings, as the Peru Olympic Committee sponsored the event.  Photo: ISA/Tweddle
2012 ISA competitors from left Colin McPhillips (USA), Jamie Mitchell (AUS) and Antoine Delpero (FRA) have a combined 16 World Titles. The lycras featured the Olympic Rings, as the Peru Olympic Committee sponsored the event. Photo: ISA/Tweddle

The Australian team won six out of the eleven possible Individual 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.

The 2013 World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will include Men and Women’s SUP Surfing, SUP Technical Race, SUP Distance Race, Paddleboard Distance Race, Team Relay Race, plus a new exciting event, the Paddleboard Technical Race for both Men and Women.

For more information please visit www.isasurf.org.

About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China, and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 72 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1

994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

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