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.
An announcement on the 2016 ISA World SUP Championship is expected shortly.
I 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 this year. And that’s a problem, because it already is this year. → READ MORE
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
Titouan 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
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
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
Australia’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 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.
Click through for the full story… → READ MORE
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
The 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
The 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
Team USA has won the 2015 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship here in Mexico, claiming two more gold medals on the final day to run away with the Team Champions Trophy.
Click through for full results, photos and video from this amazing event… → READ MORE
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
Danny Ching has just won gold in the Men’s Distance Race here at the 2015 ISA Worlds, giving Team USA a critical lead in the team standings against arch-rivals Team Australia and Team Hawaii. After two of the most entertaining hours of racing we’ve seen in a long time, Danny claimed the win just ahead of local hero Bicho Jimenez. → READ MORE
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
After 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
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
With 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
Another 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
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
We’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