The ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship is an annual event hosted by the International Surfing Association. Nations compete as teams in SUP racing, SUP surfing and prone paddleboarding, with individual medals and overall team points awarded. Australia won the first three ISA Worlds in Peru (2012, 2013) and Nicaragua (2014), before Team USA swept the 2015 Worlds in Sayulita, Mexico.

The 2016 ISA Stand Up Paddle World Championship will be held November 12th-20th in Fiji.


And the Winner Is… Denmark — ISA Worlds Heading to Europe for the First Time in 2017

ISA Stand Up Paddleboarding World Championship Denmark 2017

After months of speculation and anticipation, it’s official: Denmark is set to become the first European nation to ever host the ISA Worlds, with the land of Vikings confirmed as the location of the 2017 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in a major announcement today.

In a clear nod to its Olympic ambitions, the ISA chose to announce Denmark 2017 during the Rio Games, and even went as far as sending Denmark’s most famous paddling export and ISA Vice President, Casper Steinfath, to Brazil for an Olympic-themed photo opp to coincide with the big news.   → READ MORE

Fiji Update: ISA Says “No” to Gender Equality at 2016 Worlds, Will Reconsider in 2017

Candice Appleby ISA WorldsAfter the debate about women’s participation in stand up paddling reached its zenith last month, and with suggestions that the ISA World Championship event should take a lead on the issue, the International Surfing Association has voted against introducing gender equality at the Worlds in Fiji, and will instead consider adding more women to their showcase event in 2017.

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ISA Worlds in Fiji: Racing Locations Confirmed; Surfing Set for Cloudbreak (Includes Map)

Tavarua Island Fiji aerial photoOne of the most eagerly anticipated SUP events in recent memory got one step closer today, with the ISA confirming key locations for the 2016 World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship, which is happening in Fiji from November 12-20.

While we’ve known the Worlds were heading to Fiji ever since the big announcement in March, nobody knew exactly where the racing was happening. Now we do.   → READ MORE

3.8 Reasons Why the ISA Should Embrace Gender Equality at the World Championships

ISA WorldsThe ISA World Championship has come a long way over the past four years, now ranking as one of the premiere events on the international calendar. But while there are a lot of positives, there are still many issues the ISA needs to address, and one in particular stands out: Women’s participation. Or lack of it.

At the ISA Worlds, men have twice as much opportunity to represent their nation as women, with each team allowed 2 men but only 1 woman per event.   → READ MORE

Surfing Legend Ian Cairns Resigns as Head Coach of Team USA

Team USA wins the ISA World Championship of Stand Up PaddleboardingAfter guiding Team USA to gold at the 2015 ISA Worlds in Mexico, Surfing America head coach Ian “Kanga” Cairns has resigned his position as stand up paddling head coach, effective immediately, to spend more time with his family.

The Australian surfing legend, who was a founder of the ASP (now the World Surf League) in the early 80s and also helped kickstart the NSSA in the late 70s, has been with Surfing America the past seven years.   → READ MORE

Titouan Puyo, Arthur Arutkin and Olivia Piana Qualify for Team France (ISA Worlds)

Team France Stand Up Paddleboarding 2016In brief: Titouan Puyo, Arthur Arutkin and Olivia Piana have qualified for Team France and will represent their nation at both the ISA Worlds in Fiji later in the year, and also at the “Euros” in France later this month.

After an exhaustive selection process, Titou and Arthur triumphed over a deep and very talented field of France’s finest.   → READ MORE

Watch the “Chasing Gold” Movie Trailer: The Story of Team USA’s Victory at the 2015 ISA Worlds

Chasing Gold stand up paddle board movie Team USAThanks to the crew at SUP the Mag, here’s the trailer for the new paddleboard movie “Chasing Gold,” which follows Team USA’s quest to win the 2015 ISA Worlds in Mexico.

Prior to the 2015 World Championship, Team Australia had famously never been beaten at this event. That all changed on the golden sands of Sayulita beach though, with the Americans bringing their A-team and dominating the week to bring home the team trophy.   → READ MORE

The Six Month Countdown to the ISA World Championship in Fiji Begins Today

ISA World Championship Mexico SUPJust a brief public service announcement for you: Today marks exactly six months until the 2016 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship begins in Fiji.

The 2016 Worlds are set to be a very interesting event, not only because of the extraordinary location, but because several nations could be sending stronger teams than they did last time round.    → READ MORE

Fernando Stalla, Bicho Jimenez and Erika Benitez Book Their Tickets to Fiji (ISA Qualifiers)

Paddleboarding in Sayulita MexicoFernando Stalla, Bicho Jimenez and Erika Benitez have tentatively booked their tickets to Fiji following strong performances at Mexico’s National Titles over the weekend.

The “Seleccion Mexicana De SUP” event was held in the paddleboarding mecca of Sayulita, a rather appropriate venue for an ISA World Championship national qualifier given that the town hosted the previous ISA Worlds exactly 12 months ago this week.   → READ MORE

Heads Up: Slight Change in Dates for the 2016 ISA Worlds in Fiji

stand up paddle surfing Cloudbreak FijiJust a quick heads up: The International Surfing Association has made a slight change to the 2016 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in Fiji.

The original dates for the 2016 ISA Worlds, which was announced two weeks ago, were set for November 5th-13th, however it’s now been locked in for November 12th-20th. All national teams were notified of the change this week.   → READ MORE

And the Winner Is…. Fiji

ISA World Championship Sets Sail for the South Pacific in November

ISA Stand Up Paddle World Championship Fiji
It’s official. After months of speculation, the International Surfing Association has secured Fiji as host of the 2016 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship, an announcement that will no doubt be met with rapturous applause from the paddling community.

The 5th annual ISA Worlds are set for November 5th to 13th, and will feature roughly 200 athletes from two dozen nations competing in SUP racing, SUP surfing and traditional prone paddleboarding events that offer both individual gold medals and an overall team championship trophy.   → READ MORE

Dear ISA, We Really Need to Know What’s Happening with the Worlds…

ISA Stand Up Paddle World ChampionshipI woke up to a familiar sight this morning: A Facebook message from a top paddler asking me when/where the 2016 ISA World Championship is going to be held. It was from an athlete who has already qualified and is trying to plan their entire season around the Worlds.

Unfortunately I couldn’t really help them or the other 87 paddlers that have messaged me in the past two months, because it seems nobody really knows when/where the ISA Worlds will be held in 2016. And that’s a problem…   → READ MORE

COPENCOLD HAWAII: Denmark Launches Bid to Host 2017 ISA Worlds, Bring Championships to Europe for the First Time

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Denmark has just launched its bid for the 2017 ISA Worlds, aiming to become the first European nation to host the world championship event.

With the country’s most famous SUP export, Casper Steinfath, leading the charge, Denmark announced the “COPENCOLD HAWAII” project today, promising to deliver a unique mix of urban and country locations for the international paddling community.   → READ MORE

Champions of France: Titouan Puyo, Céline Guesdon Sweep National Titles, Look Ahead to 2016 Worlds

France SUP raceTitouan Puyo and Céline Guesdon are the undisputed champions of France, making a clean sweep of the national titles in St. Maxime this weekend. Titou and Celine both pulled off the double, winning Saturday’s course race before backing up a day later in the distance event.

France is one of the strongest paddling nations on the planet and the talent pool runs deep, which made the 2015 French Championships an extremely competitive affair. The 2015 Championnats de France de SUP Race act as the main selection event for the French team that will compete at next year’s ISA Worlds. The winners today go a long way towards securing a spot, with the final lineup decided next month during France’s traditional ‘Selection Week’ event.   → READ MORE

Where Will the 2016 ISA Worlds Be Held? Meet the 4x Potential Host Nations

ISA SUP World Championship
With the international SUP racing season all but over for another year, attention now starts turning to 2016. And one of the biggest events on the 2016 calendar will surely be the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.

Next year will mark the 5th annual edition of the ISA Worlds, and after a shaky start back in 2012 the event has quickly grown to become a fundamental pillar of the sport. But where exactly will the 2016 event be held? While the host nation hasn’t been locked in yet, here are the four possibilities…   → READ MORE

Team Spain Set for 2016 Worlds as Roman Frejo, Susak Molinero Win the National Titles

Stand Up Paddling national titles in Spain (3)One of the ISA regulars, Team Spain, has selected its squad in anticipation of the 2016 Worlds. Starboard’s Roman Frejo and Jimmy Lewis’ Susak Molinero were the big winners at the 2015 Campeonato de España de Sup y Paddleboard, aka the Spanish National Titles for SUP and Paddleboard, which were held in the picture postcard town of Baiona recently.

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Australian Champions Crowned as Team Green & Gold Looks to the 2016 ISA Worlds

Michael Booth stand up paddlingAustralia’s quest to regain the ISA Worlds team trophy it lost in Mexico has officially begun. This week, Surfing Australia hosted the Australian SUP Titles on Queensland’s Gold Coast, with the short course and distance races going down at the mecca of paddling known as Currumbin.

There’s probably a higher concentration of paddling talent in Australia than any other nation, so the country’s national titles generally attract a more competitive field than many international events around the world. And while a few of the big names were missing this week, the start line still looked pretty solid.   → READ MORE

History! Sort Of… Surfing Recommended for 2020 Olympic Games but No Room for SUP (at Least Not Yet)

Surfing in the Olympic GamesHistory has been made today, with surfing one of five sports officially recommended for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games. However the news is bittersweet for the stand up paddling community: Only shortboarding has been approved for inclusion, with no room for SUP racing on the program.

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