The 2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) is set to gather the world’s best SUP and Paddleboard athletes in Wanning, China from November 23 – December 2.
Here are the 10 things that you need to know about the upcoming competition.
- Four continents in seven years
The 2018 WSUPPC is taking place in Asia for the first time in its seven-year history, after previous editions were held in the Americas (Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico), Europe (Denmark), and Oceania (Fiji).
The event’s diverse range of locations across four continents highlights the global growth trends of SUP around the world.
Demonstrating the growth in Asia, teams from China, Chinese Taipei and Iran will join the competition for the first time in 2018.
The women’s SUP Technical Race hits the water in 2017 in Denmark. Jade Howson (USA), leading the pack, will compete for Team USA in the U-18 Technical Race in 2018. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans
- How to watch live online
The World Championship will be streamed live on www.isasurf.org from November 23 – December 2. Visit the official event website for results, photos, videos and news pertaining to the competition.
Fans will also be able to watch the live webcast on the ISA’s Facebook page, International Surfing Association.
- Pan Am qualification
The 2018 WSUPPC will qualify four athletes directly to compete in SUP’s debut in the 2019 Lima Pan American Games.
The top finishing man and woman from the Americas in SUP Surfing and Technical Race will earn a spot in Lima 2019.
- ISA’s global leadership of SUP
The ISA has been the organizer of the sole World Championship for SUP and Paddleboard since 2012.
Through development programs, scholarships for young SUP athletes, and promoting Championships at the national level, SUP has experienced explosive growth under the ISA’s leadership and governance.
The ISA presented both Surfing and SUP to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee for inclusion in the Olympic Sports Program. Tokyo 2020 elected to include only Surfing in the Games and not SUP, however achievements such as inclusion in the 2019 Pan American Games and 2017 Central American Games, under the ISA’s leadership, have added momentum to the ISA’s push for inclusion in the 2024 Olympics.
- Gender equality
The 2017 edition of the WSUPPC was the first to introduce a gender equal format, a landmark initiative that offered equal slots for men and women.
2018 and all future editions of the event will continue utilize this format, representative of the global increase of women participation in SUP.
- First ISA U-18 SUP World Champions
For the first time in the event’s history, U-18 World Champions will be crowned by the ISA in China. The world’s best junior SUP racers will vie for Gold Medals in the SUP Technical Race.
- The venues
Two venues in Wanning, China will host the event in 2018. The SUP Surfing and Technical Races will take place at the region’s renowned point break of Riyue Bay.
The Distance, Sprint and Relay Racing will take place just up the coast on the pristine beach of Shenzhou Peninsula.
- The disciplines
The WSUPPC will award 14 individual Gold Medals as well as the Team Relay Gold. The disciplines are the following:
- Men and Women SUP Sprints
- Men and Women SUP Surfing
- Men, Women, U-18 boys, and U-18 girls SUP Technical Race
- Men and Women Paddleboard Technical Race
- Men and Women Paddleboard Distance Race
- Men and Women SUP Distance Race
- Team Relay
- Social media
The ISA will be posting live updates, photos, and videos from the competition on social media. Follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and don’t forget use the official hashtag #ISAworlds.
- The schedule*
- November 23 – Opening Ceremony and SUP Surfing
- November 24 – SUP Surfing
- November 25 – SUP Surfing
- November 26 – SUP Surfing
- November 27 – Technical Races
- November 28 – Technical Races
November 29 – Lay day
- November 30 – Sprint Races
- December 1 – Distance Races
- December 2 – Relay Races, Closing Ceremony
*All times in local time (GMT +8). Schedule subject to change.
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, Para 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; World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012; and World Para Surfing Champions in 2015.
ISA membership includes the surfing National Federations of 108 countries on five continents. The ISA is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (ARG). The Executive Committee includes four Vice-Presidents Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL), Athletes’ Commission Chair Justine Dupont (FRA), Regular Members Atsushi Sakai (JPN) and Jean Luc Arassus (FRA) and ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo as Ex-officio Member.
Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California (USA).