The Italians, one of the emerging powers of the European scene, have a much stronger stand up paddling scene than you may think. There’s plenty of talent in the racing side and, despite being on the Mediterranean, there’s even a vibrant surfing community. → READ MORE
The ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship is an annual event organised by the International Surfing Association (ISA), in which paddlers compete for their countries to chase both individual and team medals. The ISA World Champs combine stand up paddle races (both short and long distance) with SUP surfing and prone paddleboarding events.
The first ever ISA Worlds were hosted in Peru in 2012 and won by the mighty Team Australia. The Aussies have since gone undefeated, claiming the 2014 title (again hosted in Peru) before making it a three-peat at the 2014 ISA Worlds in Nicaragua. Other strong nations include the United States and France, while the paddling powerhouse of Hawaii (a separate nation from mainland USA in ISA events) has yet to make an appearance.
The 2015 ISA World SUP Championship will be hosted in Sayulita, Mexico.
In the meantime you can get the latest news about the event below…
With just three weeks until the Showdown in Sayulita, the national teams continue to fall into place for the 4th annual ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship. Today we get a look at the Brazilian lineup, which promises to be one of the most passionate and enthusiastic squads.
The Brazilian crew, who fly their flag on the beach more proudly than perhaps any other nation, will be… → READ MORE
The South Africans (who actually announced this team last month) have been a star performer in past editions of the Worlds, famously finishing runner-up to Australia in 2013 after a third place finish in 2012. This year they return with a full squad and in search of former glory… → READ MORE
Continuing the seemingly non-stop news cycle of ISA World Championship team announcements, today I’d like to introduce you to Team Netherlands.
Hailing from one of the lesser-known but still very vibrant paddling nations, the Dutch crew will be small in number but big in heart. Anchoring the squad is everybody’s favourite crazy endurance paddler, Bart de Zwart, Martijn van Deth and Emma Reijmerink. → READ MORE
The SUP racing division is a mix of youth and experience, with Pepe Oltra making a return along with one of the top women’s performers from 2014, Laura Quetglas. They’ll be joined by youngster Jurgi Zulaika, who took out part of the national titles race last week. → READ MORE
France is one of the strongest paddling nations in the world, period. They’ve long been the powerhouse of Europe, while their athletes often mix it with the best on the world stage. A full-strength Team France would probably be the biggest threat to the ruling triumvirate (Australia/US/Hawaii). But despite some big names in the 2015 squad, the French team is lacking in one critical area. And this highlights a wider problem with the ISA World Stand Up Paddle And Paddleboard Championship… → READ MORE
There’s plenty of talent in this lineup, with the Kiwis a serious contender for the overall Team Champions top four podium. → READ MORE
And the pieces continue to fall into place for the ISA World Championship puzzle: The mighty Team Australia has just confirmed its lineup for next month’s showdown in Sayulita, and as usual it’s looking very solid.
After Team USA and Team Hawaii recently revealed stellar lineups, the pressure will be on Team Australia more than ever as they seek to retain the title they’ve never lost. → READ MORE
In what is a major step forward for the event, we can now confirm that Team Hawaii will compete at the ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship for the first time this year. After missing the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Championships, the Hawaiians have assembled a very strong lineup for the 2015 Worlds to be held in Mexico next month.
Led by current world #1 Connor Baxter and fellow superstars Zane Schweitzer and Mo Freitas, Team Hawaii will start one of the instant favourites when the festivities kick off in Sayulita on May 10th. → READ MORE
Check out a rad clip from the recent Punta Sayulita SUP Classic down Mexico way. This great edit, titled Sayulita Fever, shows off Rogue’s dynamic duo Fernando Stalla and Javier “Bicho” Jimenez as they compete in their hometown event.
These guys are looking in fine form ahead of the ISA Worlds in May, which will see the rest of the world descend on their backyard. → READ MORE
Danny Ching and Candice Appleby are set to compete at the ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship for the first time, headlining a very strong Team USA lineup. The duo will be joined in Sayulita, Mexico by 2014 team members Slater Trout and Chuck Glynn.
This is a huge boost for not only Team USA but the ISA Worlds in general.
Click through for the full story… → READ MORE
Some interesting comments about the ISA, the Olympics and unity among the athletes. I believe this last point in particular is hugely critical right now. The sport entering a new phase of growth that could bring a lot of excitement and potential but also the risk of splintering groups taking the sport in differing directions. → READ MORE
As the march towards Sayulita gathers pace, more and more teams are announcing their lineups for the 4th annual ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship.
This week it was Team Canada’s turn in the spotlight, with the Great White North announcing a full squad battle it out in Mexico way from May 10-17. And the lineup looks mighty competitive… → READ MORE
There were a lot of SUP races this year. We had over 400 listings on the Rogue Race Calendar. We sent 137 race results to the Results by Riviera archive. You couldn’t go a week without your Facebook feed being flooded with photos of SUP races here, there and everywhere.
Some of those races were fun, local events. Some were grand, international spectacles. Most fell somewhere in between. And that’s just fine. Most races don’t need to be grand to be successful, they just need to be well organised, encourage a few extra people to give the sport a try and offer everyone a fun day on the water.
But some races push the boundaries a little more than the average. Some races attract, either through deliberate marketing or incidental brilliance, a disproportionately large amount of attention and elite talent. Quite simply: Some races are a lot more competitive than others. Click through to see the full list and read my overly-thorough analysis… → READ MORE
Mexico is of course host for the 2015 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship, which gives extra significance to these results. This is a rare chance for paddlers to represent their nation while playing host to the rest of the paddleboarding world at the same time. → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: Japan is one of the new frontiers in the world of stand up paddling. They have a fast-growing, super stoked paddling community that features some serious talent. I predict 2015 will see a lot of elite international talent heading to the Land of the Rising Sun to compete…
On the weekend it was the locals’ turn to shine, as we saw the national titles and a spot on Team Japan for the 2015 ISA SUP World Championship in Mexico up for grabs. Here’s a recap and photos thanks to the event organisers. → READ MORE
That gives us exactly 181 days to prepare for one of the grandest events on the racing calendar. 181 days to see if any nation can stop Australia from winning a fourth straight title. 181 days to see just how crazy of an after-party the Mexican team can throw on their home turf. → READ MORE
UPDATE: We’ve just wrapped up the second and final day of competition, with Arthur Arutkin making it a clean sweep of the event. The 17-year-old took out both yesterday’s long distance event and today’s course race. Click through for full results/recap/photos… → READ MORE
Dylan Frick and Ethan Koopmans were tied on points, so the winner of this event would be crowned champ whilst Mishka Steyn’s Ladies title was in the bag if she completed the race. The SA Champs winners would also become eligible for selection for the SA Team to the ISA Worlds. Click through to see how it all went down… → READ MORE
The ‘Championnats’ is the first part of the selection process for Team France 2015, the squad that will wear the red berets at next year’s ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. So why am I so excited about this event? Three things… → READ MORE