Surfing and StandUp Paddle set to crown champions of the Americas
One man and woman to qualify for historic debut of Surfing at Tokyo 2020
An International Surfing Association (ISA) delegation that was in Lima, Peru last week for the preparation of Surfing and StandUp Paddle’s (SUP) debut in the 2019 Pan American Games in July has commended the excellent progress made towards the event’s realization in four months’ time.
The delegation consisted of ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo, ISA Technical Delegate and SUP Race Director Anthony Vela, Peruvian ISA Vice President and Pan American Surfing Association (PASA) President, Karin Sierralta, and ISA Manager of Event Operations Harrison Robbs. The ISA team welcomed the Local Organizing Committee’s development towards putting on world-class competitions for the second largest multisport event in the world – behind the Olympics.
The Pan Am Games will crown champions from the Americas across four disciplines, including shortboard, longboard, SUP Technical Race, and SUP Surfing. In total 88 athletes will participate across the four surfing disciplines, with the top finishing eligible man and woman in the shortboarding event to earn a slot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The Surfing and SUP events will take place in the world-renowned reef break Punta Rocas, which will also be the future home of the Peruvian Surfing High Performance Center, an important national and regional legacy for the sport from the Games.
To see the list of qualified athletes for the 2019 Pan American Games, click here.
The inclusion of SUP in the Pan Am Games is the most significant milestone to date in a long-time and ongoing campaign by the ISA to push for the sport’s inclusion in the Olympic Games.
ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo said:
“Our site visit here in Lima has been excellent, as the synergy and experience between the ISA and Local Organizing Committee is smoothly advancing the planning process to create a world-class event for the best athletes of the Americas.
“The Pan Am Games will provide the biggest stage to date for the world to see Surfing and StandUp Paddle in a multisport event context, and of course, two athletes will emerge from the competition as Olympians.
“We are also particularly excited to showcase SUP Racing to a global audience. SUP is a youth oriented sport with thrilling displays of action and athleticism, qualities that would making it a perfect fit for the future of the Olympic Games.
“Promoting the global growth and development of SUP has been a key priority of the ISA for nearly a decade and inclusion of this discipline in the Pan American Games has been the biggest milestone yet.”
ISA SUP Race Director Anthony Vela said:
“I am pleased with the SUP race venues that we have visited this week. The best racers in the Americas will step up to the challenge take the course to vie for coveted Gold Medals as they represent their nations.
“Inclusion in one of the world’s largest multisport events, such as the Pan Am Games, has been an extraordinary milestone for the sport of SUP as a whole. SUP has stepped up to a professional level under ISA leadership since the inaugural ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in 2012. With the help of the ISA and the professional tour (Association of Paddlesurf Professionals – APP), SUP has risen to a level that we had never imagined.
“I’m am fully confident in the ISA’s leadership of SUP and am looking forward to what is in store for our future.”