First Ever ISA SUP World Championship To Be Held In Mexico
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is proud to announce that the 2015 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) will be held in Sayulita, Mexico from May 10th to the 17th. This event will mark the first ever ISA SUP World Championship to take place in the country.
The ISA WSUPPC has witnessed explosive growth since the inaugural event in 2012. It has nearly tripled in athlete participation from 105 to 277 and grown from 17 to 27 countries in its first three editions in all divisions.
Mexico offers a rich coastline with many incredible destinations for StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, and Sayulita is a perfect location to host the ISA WSUPPC. Sayulita is considered the epicenter of Mexico’s SUP community.
Mexico offers a rich coastline with many incredible destinations for StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, and Sayulita is a perfect location to host the ISA WSUPPC. Sayulita is considered the epicenter of Mexico’s SUP community. Photo: Ed Dorsett/Wicked Fotos
“We are delighted that Mexico will host the 2015 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in Sayulita, which is the first ISA SUP World Championship ever in Mexico,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “Sayulita will be an ideal venue for the best SUP Surfers, SUP Racers, and Paddleboarders in the world to gather and compete for Gold. We are grateful for the dedication and hard work of the President of the Mexican Surfing Federation, Luis Skeen and his Director of SUP, Alfredo Salafranca, for making this event possible. We look forward to a long term relationship between Mexico and the ISA.”
Team Mexico has participated in the first three editions of the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, and in the 2013 edition in Peru, the Mexican Team earned the overall Team Bronze Medal. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle
“We are very excited to bring for the first time an ISA SUP World Championship to Mexico, this is a historic moment for the country,” said Luis Skeen, President of the Mexican Surfing Federation. “In 2015, we will host the world’s best SUP Surfers, SUP Racers, and Paddleboarders in Sayulita, an incredible destination that has the most respected SUP community in the country. We will welcome all the teams from around the world with the traditional Mexican warmth and open arms. Thank you to the ISA and its President Fernando Aguerre for giving Mexico the opportunity to host the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, which we hope will be the first of many ISA competitions in the country.”
More than 300 of the world’s greatest watermen from over 30 countries will compete in 11 different disciplines and compete for the coveted Club Waikiki-Peru ISA World Team Champion Trophy and the individual Gold Medals. The 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will include Men’s and Women’s SUP Surfing, SUP Technical Race, SUP Distance Race, Paddleboard Technical Race, Paddleboard Distance Race, and the Team Relay Race.
Mexico’s Gaby Farias (right) and Javier Jimenez (left) during the Sands of the World Ceremony at the 2014 ISA WSUPPC in Nicaragua. The traditional ceremony will be held in Sayulita during the Opening Ceremony to gather the sands from all the participating countries symbolizing the peaceful gathering of nations through the love of surfing. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
Here are the 2014 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship Results:
Overall Team Champions- Australia
Men’s SUP Surfing- Poenaiki Raioha (TAH)
Women’s SUP Surfing- Emmy Merrill (USA)
Men’s SUP Technical Race- Casper Steinfath (DEN)
Women’s SUP Technical Race- Shakira Westdorp (AUS)
Men’s Paddleboard Technical Race- Rhys Burrows (AUS)
Women’s Paddleboard Technical Race- Jordan Mercer (AUS)
Men’s SUP Long Distance Race- Titouan Puyo (FRA)
Women’s SUP Long Distance Race- Lina Augaitis (CAN)
Men’s Paddleboard Distance Race- Rhys Burrows (AUS)
Women’s Paddleboard Distance Race- Jordan Mercer (AUS)
Team Relay- Australia
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 103 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).