The ISA SUP World Championship is an annual stand up paddling 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 up for grabs. Australia won the first three Worlds, in Peru (2012, 2013) and Nicaragua (2014), before Team USA swept the event in Mexico this year.

An announcement on the 2016 ISA World SUP Championship is expected shortly.


Bad Date: Australia’s Campaign For The 2016 ISA Worlds Is Already In Trouble

Team Australia ISA World Stand Up Paddle ChampionshipThe 2016 ISA World Championship is still a good 8-10 months away, however some of the medals may have already been decided. That’s because Australia, the winningest nation in ISA history, just changed the dates of its National Titles to a weekend where virtually all its best paddlers will be overseas.

The Aussie Titles, the event solely responsible for deciding Australia’s team for the Worlds, was originally set for mid-November. However a few weeks ago the national governing body, Surfing Australia, brought the event forward to October 11th-15th. The same weekend as the big Pacific Paddle Games…   → READ MORE

Rogue Recap: Relive Every Day Of The ISA Worlds In Just 17 Minutes

Video of the 2015 ISA Stand Up Paddling World Championship in MexicoThe ISA Worlds have come and gone for another year, but the memories will linger long.

The heightened level of competition has been well covered already, but what can’t be put into words is the atmosphere we all felt this week. The vibe, the energy, the spirit of sportsmanship, unity and having a good time on (and off) the water. That’s what makes this event so unique and special, and this year it reached a whole new level.   → READ MORE

And That’s A Wrap

The 2015 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship has concluded. Congratulations to Team USA for claiming the Team Champions Trophy. What an amazing week…   → READ MORE

Candice Appleby Claims Distance Race Gold, Team USA Draws First Blood

ISA SUP World Champion Candice Appleby
Candice Appleby has claimed the first gold medal of the 2015 ISA Worlds for Team USA, winning today’s Long Distance Race ahead of defending champ Lina Augaitis (Canada), Terrene Black (Australia) and Celine Guesdon (France).

Click through for results, recap, photos and video…   → READ MORE

ISA World Championship Predictions: Is This The End Of Australia’s Dominance?

ISA World Championship Mexico SUPAfter yesterday’s very colourful opening ceremony, the 2015 ISA Worlds have well and truly started here in Sayulita. We’ve got 27 nations assembled in Mexico for the 4th annual edition of this event, but some are looking stronger than others. With the highest level of competition we’ve ever seen at this event (by far), who will step up, stand out and walk away with the gold and glory when festivities conclude next Sunday?

While we’ve still got seven full days of competition ahead of us, let’s look at the form guide and try to make a few bold predictions…    → READ MORE

With Colour, Flair, And Plenty Of Noise, The ISA Worlds Officially Begin

ISA Stand Up Paddle World Championship opening ceremony Sayulita Mexico
Flanked by flag-waving paddlers from 26 proud nations, ISA President Fernando Aguerre proclaimed the 2015 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship officially open here in Sayulita, Mexico this afternoon.

The paddling world has gathered in Mexico for a week-long festival of SUP racing, surfing and prone paddleboarding, and the vibe, the buzz, the atmosphere during today’s colourful opening ceremony was amazing. The competition hasn’t even started but already the Worlds have shown why they’ve become such a significant event on the calendar. This is a unique spectacle, where paddlers compete not only for individual glory but, more importantly, for the national teams.    → READ MORE

ISA Worlds: Team Mexico’s Full Lineup Revealed (It’s Sayulita vs The World)

ISA stand up paddle world championships team MexicoWith the ISA Worlds just four days away, here’s the first look at the home team. As hosts of the 4th annual ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship, Team Mexico will have more incentive than ever to perform well, and will have the local crowd 100% on their side as they do battle with over two dozen other nations.

Though interestingly, Team Mexico could just as accurately be named Team Sayulita…   → READ MORE

ISA Worlds: Team Italy Looking To Punch Above Their Weight In Mexico

stand up paddling italyAnother day, another ISA Worlds team announcement. With just 20 days to go, let’s see who’ll be representing Italy at the Showdown in Sayulita.

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

ISA Worlds: First Look At Brazil’s Squad For The Showdown In Sayulita

ISA World SUP Championship - Nicole PacelliWith 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

ISA Worlds: Can Team South Africa Reclaim Their Former Glory In Mexico?

South Africa stand up paddling teamWe’ve got more ISA team news for you today, with South Africa introducing a solid all round lineup.

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

2015 ISA Worlds: Meet Team Netherlands

Stand Up Paddling Netherlands HollandContinuing 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 Train To Sayulita Picks Up Another Passenger: Team Spain

2014 ISA Worlds Nicaragua Final Day (39)The long train to Sayulita made yet another stop today, with Team Spain jumping on board carrying a full squad that may just give a few of the more famous paddling nations a run for their money.

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

ISA Worlds: Team France Selects An All-Star SUP Lineup (But Something’s Still Missing…)

ISA Worlds Men's Distance (11 b)When it rains, it pours. On the back of recent announcements from the USA/Hawaii/Australia/New Zealand, we’ve now got the final lineup for another major contender at the ISA Worlds: Team France.

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

Australia Reveals Team Lineup For The Worlds – Can They Go Four In A Row?

Team Australia ISA World Stand Up Paddle ChampionshipAnd 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

Confirmed: Team Hawaii Set To Compete At The ISA Worlds For The First Time

Hawaii Stand Up Paddleboard TeamIn 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

WATCH: Rogue’s Bicho And Stalla Prepare To Take On The World In “Sayulita Fever”

Stand Up Paddling video Rogue SayulitaCheck 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, Candice Appleby Set To Headline Team USA At The Worlds In May

Danny Ching ISA World ChampionshipsDanny 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.

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