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USA’s Danny Ching Wins SUP Race, Australia’s Lachie Lansdown Wins Paddleboard Race at 2015 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship Presented by Hotel Kupuri

USA_Danny_Ching_ISA_Bielmann469USA’s Danny Ching, crossing the finish line placing first and earning the Gold Medal in his ISA debut in the SUP Long Distance Race. Photo: ISA/Bielmann

Day 3 saw dramatic Men’s SUP and Paddleboard 20Km Long Distance Races at the 2015 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) Presented by Hotel Kupuri.

Over 65 of the world’s best SUP and Paddleboard Racers took on the exciting long distance course, paddling four loops with the colorful, coastal village of Sayulita, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, in the backdrop.

ISA_Reed-3Lachie Lansdown sets the pace en route to a Gold Medal for Team Australia in the Paddleboard Long Distance Race. Photo: ISA/Reed

The races featured the most elite level of competition this event has witnessed. In a world-class field of competitors from every continent, the Gold Medalists and new World Champions are USA’s Danny Ching and Australia’s Lachie Lansdown in the SUP and Paddleboard races respectively.

Mens_Distance_ISA_Reed_361Taking over as the pack leader, Javier Jimenez digs deep for Team Mexico in front of his hometown crowd. Photo: ISA/Ben Reed

The SUP race was extremely close starting with 15 elite racers leading the pack for the first three laps. Sayulita local, Javier “Bicho” Jimenez, put on an incredible performance, as he was able to overtake the leader, Danny Ching (USA). Jimenez gained a lead of about 100m with the help of a wave he caught rounding the last buoy, causing the local Mexican crowd to erupt in cheers.

MEX_Team_ISA_Bielmann457The local spectators cheer on the racers from Mexico, who put on an incredible performance. Photo: ISA/Bielmann

With a heroic effort, Danny Ching, who made his first appearance in the ISA competition, broke away from the pack on the final lap to chase Mexico’s impressive racer. Mid-way through the final lap, Ching caught up to Jimenez and overcame him. With precise technical turns on the final buoys, the American solidified his lead as he made his way to the finish line, earning the Gold Medal for USA.

“For a distance race it’s about as exciting as it gets. It’s just incredible to be here. The ISA puts on an amazing event that I’ve been trying to get down to for years,” said the new Gold Medalist, Danny Ching. “Paddling for someone besides yourself is always special. Paddling to represent your country, your teammates, your friends and family back home is a big deal. You can dig deeper for this than you can for yourself.”

Jimenez raced up the beach to the cheers of the Mexican spectators and the international teams. Jimenez’s Silver Medal is the first for the host country in this ISA World Championship.

“I’d like to thank the support from my town and Mexico,” praised Jimenez. “I am very happy to get second place for my country and we are going to bring it all in the Technical Race. The only thing I was thinking with Danny Ching behind me was that he is one of the strongest racers in the world and to keep on paddling. I am happy to have finished behind him. This is one of the best races of my life to date. I am very happy to compete against all of the best athletes in the world.”

The third and fourth place were also highly contested and decided by less than a second. Teammates from newcomer team, Hawaii, Connor Baxter and Zane Schweitzer, overtook multiple competitors after the final buoy turn to take the Bronze and Copper Medals respectively. Click here to see the full results.

HAW_Baxter_MEX_Stalla_HAW_Schweitzer_Bielmann477Completely exhausted, (left to right) Conner Baxter (HAW), Fernando Stalla (MEX), Zane Schweitzer (HAW) and Javier Jimenez (MEX) sit together to catch their breath showing the true spirit of sportsmanship at an ISA World Championship. Photo: ISA/Brian Bielmann

The Paddleboard Long Distance Race came down to the final stretch. The pack was tight as they fought to catch a wave into the shore. Lachie Lansdown from Australia paddled the hardest and caught a wave the rest of the pack missed, earning him the Gold Medal. The rest of the medals were decided by a sprint up the beach. USA’s Jack Bark sped ahead to win the Silver Medal and New Zealand teammates, Cory Taylor and Sam Shergold ended in a photo finish, resulting in Taylor taking the Bronze and Shergold the Silver. Click here to see the full results.

Lansdown commented, “It’s very cool to be here for the first time, representing my country. I’m super proud to do that. It was a very cool race and venue. I am looking forward to coming back next year. I think it’s good that all the countries are here and everyone is cheering each other on.”

ISA President Fernando Aguerre, impressed by the action, commented, “It is truly amazing to see how far the sport has come in just one year. This year’s level of competition at the ISA World Championship confirms this event as the most elite in the world. Congratulations to the winners and best of luck to all athletes on the rest of the competition.”

On Thursday the competition continues with the Men’s and Women’s SUP Surfing Main Event and Repechage Rounds.

Tune in to the live webcast for the fourth day of the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship Presented by Hotel Kupuri. The Morning Show hosted by Beau Hodge, featuring the two Gold Medalist from the Women’s SUP and Paddleboard Long Distance Races, USA’s Candice Appleby and Australia’s Jordan Mercer.

Thursday, 7:40am Mexico City, Mexico
Thursday, 5:40am Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Thursday, 2:40pm Paris, France
Thursday, 10:40pm Sydney, Australia

Watch the live webcast here – www.ISAWSUPPC.com

About the International Surfing Association:

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).