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.

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.

Click through for recap and results…   → READ MORE

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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The ISA Lands Stand up Paddling on the Doorstep of the Olympic Games

Olympics stand up paddling
Will stand up paddling ever become an Olympic sport? The answer is, potentially, much closer than you think.

The long, slow crawl up the Olympic mountain has become a steady walk in recent months, with a flurry of activity turning the prospect, which only a year ago seemed like a fanciful dream, into a genuine possibility. While there are still many obstacles to overcome, the International Surfing Association (ISA) is a lot further along the mountain path than most paddlers realise.

So with that in mind, I thought it well past time for SUP Racer to post an update on the ISA’s bold quest for Olympic acceptance, and their support for the development of stand up paddling in general.   → READ MORE

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