The International Surfing Association (ISA) today celebrates the great success of Surfing and StandUp Paddle’s (SUP) debut appearance in the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.
82 athletes representing 16 countries put on historic performances across the disciplines of Shortboard, Longboard, SUP Racing and SUP Surfing. The waves were constantly overhead every day of the competition, producing great performances.
The 24 available medals were earned by athletes from ten nations. Peru led the ranking with seven medals, three of which were Gold.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“Surfing and SUP showed the world that they can not only integrate seamlessly into a large-scale Olympic Movement multisport event, but they can bring great value, excitement and youthful interest.
“The SUP racing competition was the highest to date in an Olympic Movement competition. Providing ample evidence of how SUP has been thriving in the ten years under ISA governance. As Gold Medalist Conner Baxter told the media upon finishing: “Surfing is where our SUP culture belongs. This is where our people are. This is Surfing. We were catching waves. It might be a 14-foot longboard, but we are still surfing.”
“Surfing proved to be hugely popular in Lima, evidenced by the vibrant capacity crowds day in and out, as well as the presence of Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra to witness Peru earn three historic Gold Medals – more than the host nation earned in any other sport.
“The energy among the fans and surfers was as high as we’ve ever seen for a surfing competition. The qualification slots at Tokyo 2020 inspired impressive levels of passion, competition, and camaraderie.
“With less than a year to go until Olympic Surfing’s debut at Tokyo 2020, the success of Lima 2019 was a small preview of the environment and value that we can expect Surfing to bring to Tokyo next year.”
The Lima 2019 Pan Am Games award qualification slots to the top eligible man and woman for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Peru’s teammates Lucca Mesinas and Daniella Rosas took the respective Gold Medals in Men’s and Women’s Shortboard, making them the overwhelming favorites to take the qualification spots that will be confirmed following the 2020 ISA World Surfing Games.
Mesinas called the feat the “best day of his life,” while Rosas expressed she “has been dreaming of competing in Tokyo 2020.”
The SUP Races awarded the first medals of the event, with USA’s Connor Baxter earning Men’s Gold and Brazil’s Lena Ribeiro taking the Women’s.
“What an opportunity that the ISA has provided us SUP racers,” said Baxter.
“To be a part of an event of this size with thousands of athletes from all over the Americas and win the Gold has changed my life forever.”
Brazil’s Chloe Calmon and Peru’s Benoit Clemente respectively earned the Women’s and Men’s Longboard Gold Medals, while the Colombian siblings of Izzi and Giorgio Gomez earned the SUP Surfing Gold Medals.
The Surfing competition at the Pan Ams took place from July 29 – August 4 at Punta Rocas, just south of Lima.
To review results, click here.
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).