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We get used to always seeing the best bits of events and competitions through video highlights and post event write ups. But the truth is, racing is hard both mentally and physically, and sometimes things just don’t go to plan! If both parts aren’t working in sync with each other on the day, it can be much harder to achieve those winning results. So much can happen when you leave the start line. And sometimes, however hard you’ve trained and however fast you can paddle, you just have to accept that its just not your day or your race to win. In Casper’s latest Vblog he takes us though his races at the ISA Worlds in China and how things unfolded for him this year.

“I try to be honest and openly share my feelings everytime I win and things go well. But part of losing for me is to remain honest in the same way and not hide from the frustrations and negative feelings. This was my first World Championship in 6 years where I did not win a personal medal.
Check out the VLOG and feel free to reach out if you feel the same or have any questions!”

 

Team Australia continued their reign atop the sports of Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard to earn their sixth Gold Medal in seven years at the 2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Wanning, China.

Overall Team Ranking
Gold – Australia
Silver – USA
Bronze – France
Copper – Spain
5 – New Zealand
6 – Japan
7 – Italy
8 – Denmark
9 – South Africa
10 – Great Britain
Team Relay
Gold – Australia
Silver – USA
Bronze – New Zealand
Copper – Denmark

Men’s SUP Distance
Gold – Michael Booth (AUS)
Silver – Bruno Hasulyo (HUN)
Bronze – Vinnicius Martins (BRA)
Copper – Daniel Hasulyo (HUN)

Women’s SUP Distance
Gold – Olivia Piana (FRA)
Silver – Terrene Black (AUS)
Bronze – Shakira Westdorp (AUS)
Copper – Yuka Sato (JPN)

Men’s SUP Sprint
Gold – Arthur Santacreu (BRA)
Silver – Trevor Tunnington (NZL)
Bronze – Connor Baxter (USA)
Copper – Noic Gariou (FRA)

Women’s SUP Sprint
Gold – Tarryn King (RSA)
Silver – Caterina Stenta (ITA)
Bronze – Jade Howson (USA)
Copper – Terrene Black (AUS)

The Gold Medal for Australia extends their win streak to three in a row and represents a historic first Gold in the event’s history to be awarded in Asia.

Six Golds in seven years for Australia – true SUP and Paddleboard dominance. Photo: ISA / Pablo Jímenez

“We really wanted to win the relay and we came out today and put the nail in the coffin,” said Australia’s Team Captain Shakira Westdorp.

“We have a lot of fun and put the hard work in the water. We are great friends and you can’t manufacture that. I think that is why we keep on winning the overall team points.”

USA earned the overall Silver Medal, their best finish since earning the Gold in 2015, Team France earned the Bronze, and Team Spain earned the Copper.

Team Australia put the icing on the cake with a Relay Race Gold Medal on Sunday, followed by USA with the Silver, New Zealand with the Bronze, and Denmark with the Copper.

In a great display of the ISA’s push for the global growth of SUP, ten nations from all five continents – the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania – earned individual medals throughout the week of competition.

Australia’s dominant performance was buoyed by five individual Gold Medals from Westdorp(SUP Surfing), Grace Rosato(Paddleboard Technical and Distance Races), Lachie Lansdown(Paddleboard Technical Race) and Michael Booth(SUP Distance Race). To go along with the five Golds, Australia earned eight other individual medals from star athletes such as Terrene Black, Sam McCullough, and Harry Maskell.

Rosato shined as the only athlete to take two Golds and Westdorp showed her versatility by winning medals across two disciplines (SUP Surfing Gold and SUP Distance Race Bronze).

Team USA, the only nation to ever dethrone Australia (2015 in Mexico), was the only competitor to threaten Australia for the pole position.

USA came up short with the Silver, but their young contingent of medalists 18 years and under shows a promising future and a changing of the guard for Team USA.

18-year-old Ryan Funkand 16-year-old Jade Howsonswept the Gold Medals for USA in the SUP Technical Race Junior Divisions, while 15-year-old Kailyn Wintersearned the Bronze in the Women’s Paddleboard Distance Race.

The final day of competition at Shenzhou Peninsula featured the Relay Race, where 14 nations competed in a four-lap course that features a man and woman each from the SUP and Paddleboard disciplines to comprise a team of four.

Each athlete took a turn in the relay, navigating around the buoys before sprinting up the beach to tag their teammate into the race.

Team Australia emerged victorious, followed by USA with the Silver.

Bronze came down to a final, thrilling sprint between New Zealand’s Trevor Tunningtonand Denmark’s Casper Steinfath. Tunnington edged out Steinfath by fractions of a second to take the Bronze for his nation, leaving the Copper for Denmark.

Wanning, China, November 28, 2018 – Hungary’s Daniel Hasulyo and USA’s Candice Appleby claimed the SUP Technical Race Gold Medals in exciting fashion on the sixth day of competition at the 2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Wanning, China.

SUP Junior Boys
Gold – Ryan Funk (USA)
Silver – Oliver Houghton (NZL)
Bronze – Sam McCullough (AUS)
Copper – Noic Gariou (FRA)
SUP Junior Girls
Gold – Jade Howson (USA)
Silver – Melanie Lafenetre (FRA)
Bronze – Caroline Küntzel (DEN)
Copper – Laura Dal Pont (ITA)
Paddleboard Men
Gold – Lachie Lansdown (AUS)
Silver – Hunter Pflueger (USA)
Bronze – Daniel Hart (NZL)
Copper – Jadon Wessels (RSA)
Paddleboard Women
Gold – Grace Rosato (AUS)
Silver – Judit Verges (ESP)
Bronze – Katrine Zinck (DEN)
Copper – Kailyn Winter (USA)
SUP Men
Gold – Daniel Hasulyo (HUN)
Silver – Connor Baxter (USA)
Bronze – Trevor Tunnington (NZL)
Copper – Bruno Hasulyo (HUN)
SUP Women
Gold – Candice Appleby (USA)
Silver – Terrene Black (AUS)
Bronze – Shakira Westdorp (AUS)
Copper – Olivia Piana (FRA)
Team USA flexed their junior SUP talent and swept the historic first-ever Under-18 Technical Race Gold Medals. Jade Howson and Ryan Funk were respectively crowned World Champions in the Girls U-18 and Boys U-18 Divisions.
Team Australia continued their dominance in the Paddleboard discipline earning Gold in both the Men and Women Divisions. Lachie Lansdown repeated as Technical Race World Champion and Grace Rosato emerged victorious in her first ISA appearance.
With a Silver Medal in the Men’s Race, Connor Baxter earned a spot in the 2019 Pan American Games as the highest finishing athlete from the Americas. Appleby took the slot for the women with her Gold Medal performance, double qualifying her for the Technical Race as well as the SUP Surfing competition.
USA’s triple Gold Medal performance gave them a valuable boost into the lead of the team ranking with six individual medals and the Team Relay medals remaining to be awarded through the back half of the event. Australia earned five medals across the six finals, leaving them in a close second place behind USA.
The powerful Hungarian brother duo, Daniel and Bruno Hasulyo, made their presence known at their first participation in the ISA Worlds in 2017, with Bruno notably earning the Distance Race Gold.
Daniel followed in his brother’s footsteps in the Men’s Technical Race today to match him with an ISA Gold Medal.
USA’s Connor Baxter, who was trading off the lead with Daniel Hasulyo for a large part of the race, fell behind in the surf zone on the final lap and finished with the Silver, another great result for USA.
“This is the best feeling ever,” said an emotional Daniel Hasulyo. “I got sixth in the Technical Race and fourth in the Distance last year. This year I put all my dedication into it. Hard work paid off and today I did it. I can’t describe it.
“In three days I am competing in the Distance Race and I don’t want to do any worse than this.”
New Zealand’s Trevor Tunnington earned the Bronze and Bruno Hasulyo earned the Copper.
USA’s Appleby and Australia’s Terrene Black battled neck and neck for the lead in the Women’s SUP Technical Race Final. Appleby ended up nudging into the lead and earned her second Gold in the discipline.
Australia’s Shakira Westdorp, who recently took the SUP Surfing Gold, earned the Bronze Medal and France’s Olivia Piana earned the Copper.
“It feels awesome to win the Gold,” said Appleby. “I never imagined that I would be StandUp Paddleboarding all the way in China.
“The women’s side of the sport has been pushing it to the next level. We know that we have to support each other to have progress.
“I’ve been racing for 12 years now and to continue to see the level rise here in the ISA is great.”
 
The Boys and Girls Junior SUP Technical Races kicked off the string of finals this morning, with USA’s Ryan Funk and Jade Howson respectively winning the Boys and Girls Finals. Both athletes finished with convincing leads, giving a glimpse into the promising future of SUP Racing in the USA.
New Zealand’s Oliver Houghton earned the Boys Junior Silver, Australia’s Sam McCullough the Bronze and France’s Noic Gariou the Copper.
On the Junior Girls side of the race, France’s Melanie Lafenetre earned the Silver, Denmark’s Caroline Küntzel the Bronze, and Italy’s Laura Dal Pont the Copper.
Australia’s Lachie Lansdown robbed Team USA from a fourth of Gold in the Men’s Paddleboard Race. Having overcome a fall on the first lap, Lansdown trailed USA’s Hunter Pflueger on the final stretch, but was able to pass Pflueger with the help of a small wave when heading into the beach towards the finish line.
New Zealand’s Daniel Hart followed with the Bronze and South Africa’s Jadon Wessels with the Copper.
The Technical Race Gold for Lansdown is his second consecutive after he was victorious at the 2017 edition in Denmark.
The women’s Paddleboard Technical Race was one of the most closely fought through the first half of the race. Australia’s Grace Rosato, who was replacing an injured ten-time ISA Gold Medalist Jordan Mercer, had big shoes to fill and did not disappoint. Rosato managed to pull away and earn Gold in her ISA debut followed by Spain’s Judit Verges with the Silver, Denmark’s Katrine Zinck with the Bronze, and USA’s Kailyn Winter with the Copper.
Thursday will be a lay day in Wanning, China as the event repositions from Riyue Bay to Shenzhou Peninsula where the Distance, Sprint and Relay Races will close out the event and crown the Team World Champion.
Featured image :FRA – Olivia Piana. PHOTO: ISA / Pablo Jimenez

Probably the best all round swell conditions we’ve ever seen at an ISA Worlds SUP surf event. Something for everyone, unlike the more challenging conditions during the event at Cloud Break, Fiji afew years ago!

A massive congratulations to Shakira Westdorp and Luiz Diniz who took the win again this year. It really goes to show how these two riders are on great unstoppable form at the moment.

Women’s SUP Surfing
Gold – Shakira Westdorp (AUS)
Silver – Iballa Ruano Moreno (ESP)
Bronze – Stella Smith (NZL)
Copper – Yuuka Horikoshi (JPN)
Men’s SUP Surfing
Gold – Luiz Diniz (BRA)
Silver – Harry Maskell (AUS)
Bronze – Caio Vaz (BRA)
Copper – Juan de los Reyes (ESP)

Final surf day press realise ISA Worlds below;
Wanning, China, November 26, 2018 – Australia’s Shakira Westdorp and Brazil’s Luiz Diniz both repeated as SUP Surfing World Champions at the 2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Wanning, China.
Westdorp’s Gold Medal performance was an unprecedented third in a row, putting her in a league of her own in the history of ISA SUP Surfing.
“I am so stoked to win,” said an emotional Westdorp. “I had to go the long way through the Repechage, but it paid off in the end.
“It’s great points for our team to earn this Gold. As captain, this is my goal to get us off to a great start.”
Diniz earned an incredible 9.5 score in the final moments of the Men’s Final to earn his second consecutive Title and a spot in the SUP Surfing competition at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, where SUP Surfing and Racing are set to make their debut.
“I am so happy to win the Gold Medal two times,” said Diniz. “I want to thank my family and friends for making this possible.”
Following Diniz in the Men’s Final were Australia’s Harry Maskell, earning his second consecutive Silver Medal, Brazil’s Caio Vaz with the Bronze, and Spain’s 17-year-old phenom Juan de los Reyes with the Copper.
In the Women’s Final, Spain’s Iballa Ruano Moreno earned the Silver, New Zealand’s Stella Smith the Bronze, and Japan’s Yuuka Horikoshi the Copper.
Team Australia, Spain and Brazil all finished the day with two athletes on the podium.
Candice Appleby (USA) was the top performing woman, which earned her a spot in StandUp Paddle’s debut at the 2019 Pan American Games.
On the final day of competition in Wanning, Riyue Bay continued to provide excellent left-hand waves for the world’s best SUP surfers.
After a morning of Main Event and Repechage heats, the Women’s final ran to crown the first World Champion of the event.
Australia’s Westdorp continued her unstoppable run through the competition and notched a pair of 7-point rides to continue her dominance atop Women’s SUP Surfing. Japan’s Horikoshi made a critical error and interfered on one of Westdorp’s waves, which resulted in her second wave score being halved, leaving her in Copper Medal position.
Spain’s Moreno challenged Westdorp for the Gold, but came up short with the Silver Medal, her second in the history of the event. New Zealand’s Smith followed with Bronze.
In the Men’s Final the Brazilian teammates Vaz and Diniz paired up against Australia’s Maskell and Spain’s de los Reyes.
Maskell and Diniz traded off the top position, however Diniz’s combination of 8.5 and 9.5, the highest total of the event (18.00), propelled him into the pole position to earn his second consecutive Gold Medal.
Vaz ran into problems during the heat when he broke his board and had to rush to the beach to swap it out with only 5 minutes remaining. Vaz recovered and made it quickly back out to the lineup, but never found a wave that could improve upon his Bronze Medal position, leaving Maskell in Silver position and de los Reyes in Copper position.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“Congratulations to these amazing, repeating World Champions and to all the medalists. They have gone down in history as the first ISA SUP Champions crowned in Asia and mark an important milestone in the ISA’s push to grow and develop SUP across all continents of the globe.
“Now that the SUP surfers have got the competition off to an excellent start, we shift gears towards the SUP and Paddleboard Technical Racing where the world’s best will vie for titles. The best of the best are here in Riyue Bay and eager to make their countries proud with a Gold Medal.”
The ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will be streamed live on www.isasurf.org Nov 23 – Dec 2.
Featured image : Luiz Diniz. PHOTO: ISA / Pablo Jimenez

2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard
Its time for the Olympics of SUP. The 2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship is coming to Wanning, China, November 21, 2018 – The 2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) is set to gather the world’s best SUP and Paddleboard athletes in Wanning, China from November 23 – December 2.
2018 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard
The women’s SUP Technical Race hits the water in 2017 in Denmark. Jade Howson (USA), leading the pack, will compete for Team USA in the U-18 Technical Race in 2018. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans
Here are the 10 things that you need to know about the upcoming competition.
1. Four continents in seven years
The 2018 WSUPPC is taking place in Asia for the first time in its seven-year history, after previous editions were held in the Americas (Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico), Europe (Denmark), and Oceania (Fiji).
The event’s diverse range of locations across four continents highlights the global growth trends of SUP around the world.
Demonstrating the growth in Asia, teams from China, Chinese Taipei and Iran will join the competition for the first time in 2018.
2. How to watch live online
The World Championship will be streamed live on www.isasurf.org from November 23 – December 2. Visit the official event website for results, photos, videos and news pertaining to the competition.
Fans will also be able to watch the live webcast on the ISA’s Facebook page, International Surfing Association.
3. Pan Am qualification
The 2018 WSUPPC will qualify four athletes directly to compete in SUP’s debut in the 2019 Lima Pan American Games.
The top finishing man and woman from the Americas in SUP Surfing and Technical Race will earn a spot in Lima 2019.
4. ISA’s global leadership of SUP
The ISA has been the organizer of the sole World Championship for SUP and Paddleboard since 2012.
Through development programs, scholarships for young SUP athletes, and promoting Championships at the national level, SUP has experienced explosive growth under the ISA’s leadership and governance.
The ISA presented both Surfing and SUP to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee for inclusion in the Olympic Sports Program. Tokyo 2020 elected to include only Surfing in the Games and not SUP, however achievements such as inclusion in the 2019 Pan American Games and 2017 Central American Games, under the ISA’s leadership, have added momentum to the ISA’s push for inclusion in the 2024 Olympics.
5. Gender equality
The 2017 edition of the WSUPPC was the first to introduce a gender equal format, a landmark initiative that offered equal slots for men and women.
2018 and all future editions of the event will continue utilize this format, representative of the global increase of women participation in SUP.
6. First ISA U-18 SUP World Champions
For the first time in the event’s history, U-18 World Champions will be crowned by the ISA in China. The
world’s best junior SUP racers will vie for Gold Medals in the SUP Technical Race.
7. The venues
Two venues in Wanning, China will host the event in 2018. The SUP Surfing and Technical Races will take place at the region’s renowned point break of Riyue Bay.
The Distance, Sprint and Relay Racing will take place just up the coast on the pristine beach of Shenzhou Peninsula.
8. The disciplines
The WSUPPC will award 14 individual Gold Medals as well as the Team Relay Gold. The disciplines are the following:
  • Men and Women SUP Sprints
  • Men and Women SUP Surfing
  • Men, Women, U-18 boys, and U-18 girls SUP Technical Race
  • Men and Women Paddleboard Technical Race
  • Men and Women Paddleboard Distance Race
  • Men and Women SUP Distance Race
  • Team Relay
9. Social media
The ISA will be posting live updates, photos, and videos from the competition on social media. Follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and don’t forget use the official hashtag #ISAworlds.

Instagram@ISAsurfing

Twitter@ISAsurfing

YouTubeISAsurfing

10. The schedule*
Riyue Bay
  • November 23 – Opening Ceremony and Surfing Surfing
  • November 24 – SUP Surfing
  • November 25 – SUP Surfing
  • November 26 – SUP Surfing
  • November 27 – Technical Races
  • November 28 – Technical Races
November 29 – Lay day
Shenzhou Peninsula
  • November 30 – Sprint Races
  • December 1 – Distance Races
  • December 2 – Relay Races, Closing Ceremony
*All times in local time (GMT +8). Schedule subject to change.
Words : http://isasurf.org

10/09/17

Vorupør, Denmark, September 10, 2017 – Team Australia capped off a historic week of competition in Denmark and continued their dominance in the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, edging out France and New Zealand to earn the overall Team Gold Medal.
Coming into the Final day of competition in Vorupør, located on Denmark’s northwest coast, Australia held the overall lead in the team points ranking. Their fate was in their hands, as a win in the Team Relay Race would cement their Gold Medal position at the top of the podium.
Team Australia jumped out to a lead in the Relay Race that only grew larger lap after lap, earning their fifth Team Gold Medal in the event’s six-year history.
Team Australia’s quest for Gold started at the first leg of the World Championship in Copenhagen. They got off to an amazing start with dual Gold Medals in the Paddleboard Distance Race from Lachie Lansdown and Jordan Mercer.
As the event moved to the northwest coast known as ‘Cold Hawaii’, Team Australia briefly trailed in the overall team points ranking behind Team France, but after SUP Surfing Gold from Shakira Westdorp and Silver from Harry Maskell, a SUP Technical Race Bronze Medal from Terrene Black, and repeat Gold Medal performances from Lachie Lansdown and Jordan Mercer in the Paddleboard Technical Races, they had gained the lead and never looked back.
Shakira Westdorp, Australia’s team captain and Women’s SUP Surfing Gold Medalist, said:
“We showed our dominance from start to finish. Our whole team put in so much work and I think we deserved this.
“Winning Gold is what we come here for. This time around was definitely our most hard-fought Team Gold. There was so much high competition from other countries. It’s awesome to see the growth of SUP and Paddleboarding.
“For us to win with this strong field it shows the caliber of our athletes and our team spirit. We always have each other’s back and that goes a long way.
Closely following Team Australia in what was the most tightly contested competition for the Team Gold Medal in the event’s history were Team France with the Silver Medal, Team New Zealand with the Bronze Medal, and Team Hawaii with the Copper.
The final day of competition at the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship kicked off on Sunday morning with the Team Relay Race Semifinals and Final under partly cloudy skies and an electric vibe coming from the spectators waiting to see a Team World Champion crowned.
The first two Semifinals determined who would advance to the Final, which featured Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Japan, England, Hawaii, USA, Brazil, and the home nation Denmark.
In the Final the race for Gold was over after New Zealand’s SUP racer, Annabel Anderson, fell off her board twice on the second lap, allowing Australia’s Terrene Black to push ahead by 50 meters. Australia’s following legs of the relay, Jordan Mercer and Lincoln Dews, added to the lead gained by Black to earn the Gold Medal.
Heading into the Relay Race final lap, the anchor for Team Denmark, Casper Steinfath, was tagged into the race with his team in sixth position. Steinfath made quick work to catch USA and Hawaii who were holding fourth and fifth place. In a display of incredible determination, Steinfath passed star Hawaiian SUP racer, Connor Baxter, to earn an inspirational Copper Medal for the country of Denmark.
Team France earned the Silver Medal and Team New Zealand the Bronze in the relay, solidifying their respective second and third positions in the overall team points ranking.
The Closing Ceremony followed the end of competition to celebrate the end of a historic week of competition in Denmark and to crown the 2017 World Team Champion.
Dignitaries present at the ceremony included, ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, Mayor of Thisted Municipality, Lene Kjelgaard Jensen, President of Friends of Cold Hawaii, Finn Jorsal, and President Danish Surfing & Rafting Federation, Jakob Færch.
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
“We have come to the end of the World Championship, and it’s great because we have had an amazing competition, but sad because now we go back home and say goodbye to our friends and the people of Denmark. I want to thank the organizers, volunteers, and everyone who made this recording-breaking edition of the event possible.
“We got everything this week: wind, waves, rain, and sun. We have deep gratitude to the people of Cold Hawaii for hosting us.
“This is the largest ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in history. 42 countries, more 450 participants, and more than 700 team visitors gathered here in Denmark. We will all go home as ambassadors of the spirit of the Danish people.
“This week we experienced the highest level of competition and camaraderie. We have shared with our friends in Denmark the spirit of the ISA World Championship. ISA and SUP are one and we are going to be sure that it stays that way. The ISA is the only International Federation to organize a World Championship for SUP.  SUP is surfing and not canoeing. SUP will continue to flourish in Denmark and around the globe under ISA leadership.
“For those of you that didn’t take home medals, don’t ever forget you were here. You made history and represented your country, which is the highest honor.”

09/09/17

Vorupør, Denmark, September 9, 2017 – Hawaii’s Mo Freitas earned his first-ever ISA Gold Medal to become World Champion in the SUP Technical Race at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Vorupør, Denmark.
Freitas got off to a rough start in the race after falling rounding a buoy on the second lap, moving him out of the lead pack. With what seemed like an insurmountable gap between Freitas and the leaders, Freitas quickly caught back up to salvage his chance of winning Gold.
Freitas trailed his teammate Connor Baxter and Denmark’s Casper Steinfath on the final straight away to the beach and in a show of inspiring strength and endurance, he surpassed Steinfath to simultaneously cross the finish line with Baxter.
The finish was too close to call, and after moments of replay review it was determined that Freitas had beaten Baxter by two tenths of a second, with Baxter taking the Silver and Steinfath taking the Bronze.
“The emotion is just flowing right now,” said Freitas. “So many times I’ve finished in second or third and I’ve finally won.
“Connor Baxter is such a great paddler and today I am just overwhelmed with joy.
“I fell on a buoy turn, but it put me in a place to catch a bump that allowed me to catch back up to the leaders. There was still one more lap to go and I had a game plan the entire time. I wanted to stick in the back and it worked.”
Australia swept the Paddleboard Technical Races with Jordan Mercer and Lachie Lansdown repeating their Distance Race Gold Medal feats accomplished in Copenhagen earning Technical Race Gold in Vorupør on Denmark’s northwest coast.
Jordan Mercer, the most decorated ISA athlete of all-time, kicked off the series of four Technical Races Finals with another dominating Paddleboard performance, earning her tenth individual ISA Gold Medal.
“To be out there healthy and feeling fit is incredible,” said Mercer. “To be back racing and able to go as fast as I want to go is something that I really missed this past year with injuries.
“Today I had the opportunity to defend my title, but more importantly to inspire my teammates. We are just over the halfway mark really and this is when the points start to count.”
Lachie Lansdown followed Mercer’s Gold Medal with another Paddleboard Gold for Australia in the Men’s Division. Lansdown and New Zealand’s Sam Shergold seemed to be in another nail-biter, similar to their photo finish in the Paddleboard Distance Race in Copenhagen, however Lansdown was able to push ahead and build a lead, comfortably finishing with the Gold Medal.
“This is huge,” said Lansdown. “The Technical Race is the one Gold that I haven’t got yet. I finished second twice, so I am glad that I finally got the Gold.
“This is great for Team Australia as this will help out with the team points. I know that we are close to the lead now.”
The Women’s SUP Technical Race was once again won by another Gold Medalist from the Copenhagen leg of the event. New Zealand’s Annabel Anderson, the Women’s SUP Distance Race Gold Medalist, continued her dominance in Women’s SUP and handily won the Technical Race, earning another Gold Medal for Team New Zealand.
“Thank you Team New Zealand and all those that made it possible for me to be here,” said Anderson. “I have the flag and won two Golds, but we are going to give it our all in the relay tomorrow and see if we can get that top spot to win Team Gold. That would cap off the ultimate week in Cold Hawaii.”
With just the Team Relay Race to decide the Team World Champion on Sunday, Team Australia surged into the lead ahead of Team France and Team New Zealand. Australia has their fate in their own hands, as a Gold in the Team Relay Race on Sunday would lead to their fifth Team Gold Medal in the event’s sixth year.

TECHNICAL RACE COURSE MAP – 2017 ISA World SUP & Paddleboard Championship

08/09/17 Lay day

Vorupør, Denmark, September 8, 2017 – After a historic day of SUP Surfing that resulted in Australia’s Shakira Westdorp and Brazil’s Luiz Diniz claiming the Women’s and Men’s individual Gold Medals, the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will not run on Friday and will shift its focus towards a weekend of Technical and Relay Races that will determine who will be crowed Team World Champion.
In the event’s sixth year, the team that claims the coveted Club Waikiki-Peru World Team Champion Trophy will go down in history as the first to earn the honor in Europe.
Team France, the 2016 Silver Medalist, currently holds the Gold Medal position and will have a great chance to build upon their lead with all of their SUP and Paddleboard Technical racers having qualified for the Finals.
The four-time Team Gold Medalist Australia is sitting in the Silver Medal position, intent on defending their Team Title. The Australians will rely on their star paddleboarders who took Distance Race Gold in Copenhagen, Lachie Lansdown and Jordan Mercer, to repeat the feat in the Technical Race to keep their hopes of the Team Gold alive.
The SUP and Paddleboard Technical Races are set to kick off at 12:00pm CEST in the town of Vorupør located on Denmark’s northwest coast. The top SUP and Paddleboarders in the world are set to compete and go for Gold, such as Denmark’s local standout, Casper Steinfath, Hungary’s brother duo, Daniel and Bruno Hasulyo, New Zealand’s strong Women SUP racers, Annabel Anderson and Penelope Strickland, Hawaii’s Connor Baxter and Mo Freitas, and the strong French SUP contingent of Olivia Piana, Amandine Chazot, Arthur Arutkin, and Titouan Puyo.
Kicking off on September 1 in Copenhagen, the 2017 edition of the ISA World SUP and Paddleboards Championship has made history as the largest SUP World Championship to date. The 286 athletes from 42 countries is more than a 100% increase in participation from the 2016 edition in Fiji and the thirteen first-time competing nations are representative of the ISA’s push to reach new markets and grow the sport of SUP globally.
After two days of Distance Racing and SUP Sprints in Copenhagen, the contest moved to the renowned watersport destination of Vorupør in the country’s northwest to run the SUP Surfing, Technical Races, and the Relay Race from September 5-10.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre, said:
 
“Our time here in Denmark has been nothing short of spectacular. Past Gold Medalists have continued their dominance and new athletes have emerged into the global spotlight, using this World Championship as a platform to show the world their talent.
“The 2017 edition has been special for the ISA because our years of hard work towards developing the sport of SUP is bearing fruits and taking the sport to new levels. We hope to continue riding this wave of growth all the way to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and beyond.
“The Team Gold Medal is still up for grabs and this weekend we will see who will emerge from the abundant field of talent and be crowned World Champions.”
The schedule for Saturday’s competition will be as follows:
  • Women’s Paddleboard Technical Race at 12:00pm CEST
  • Men’s Paddleboard Technical Race
  • Women’s SUP Technical Race
  • Men’s SUP Distance Race
The schedule for the remainder of the event window will be as follows:
  • Vorupør
    • September 9 – Technical Race Finals at 12:00pm CEST
    • September 10 – Relay Race & Closing Ceremony

07/09/17

Australia’s Shakira Westdorp Repeats Title and Brazil’s Luiz Diniz Steps into International Spotlight with Men’s Gold Medal at 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship
Vorupør, Denmark, September 7, 2017 – Australia’s Shakira Westdorp repeated as the Women’s SUP Surfing World Champion, following up on her historic 2016 performance in Fiji, while Brazil’s Luiz Diniz burst into the international spotlight in his first appearance in the event, bringing a Gold Medal to Team Brazil at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship inVorupør, Denmark.
The two-time ISA SUP Surfing Gold Medalist, Westdorp, expressed her excitement with her teammates on the beach.
“I am so stoked! I just want to congratulate all the competitors.
“The conditions changed from gnarly to pretty good this afternoon, so it was awesome I was able to showcase my skills in varying conditions.
“The level of women’s SUP surfing is going through the roof and being on the top of that is pretty special. I am over the moon right now.
“Team Australia is sitting pretty good in the standings and we have some strong racers coming up this weekend. I am happy that I could earn these points and I think we can take the title out again.”
Luiz Diniz, a relatively unknown surfer at an international level, made a name for himself and etched his name forever among the first ISA SUP Gold Medalists crowned in Europe.
“I am super stoked for this win”, said Diniz. “Thank God for bringing me here and giving me hope. I’ve been taking it heat by heat and I felt pretty comfortable throughout in my first ISA World Championship.
“I started this journey without big sponsors and thanks to our team, we found the support we needed to come here and I won. This is really special for me and my country.”
Heading into the final weekend of competition, with just the Technical Race and Team Relay remaining, Team France has held onto their lead in the overall team points ranking. An all-around performance, with medals in the Men’s and Women’s Divisions from Benoit Carpentier and Justine Dupont, solidly maintained their lead with five medals left to be awarded.
Thursday morning on Denmark’s northwest coast known as ‘Cold Hawaii’ greeted the competitors with blustery, onshore conditions that provided a solid increase of swell into the waist to chest high range. Soon after heats got underway, the wind turned around 180 degrees with a light offshore, creating excellent conditions to crown World Champions.
After a morning of high performance Surfing and national pride radiating from the beach, the Men’s and Women’s Final took place.
The Men’s Final featured the 2016 runner-up Mo Freitas (HAW), Harry Maskell(AUS), Benoit Carpentier (FRA), and Luiz Diniz (BRA) contesting the Gold. Brazil’s Luiz Diniz jumped out to the lead with wave scores of 6.77 and 5.70, earning a heat total of 12.47. Hawaii’s Mo Freitas threatened Diniz’s lead, trailing by less than a point. Freitas made a crucial mistake and committed an interference, which resulted in his second highest wave score being halved and all but erasing his hopes for a Gold Medal. Freitas ended the heat in fourth position with the Copper Medal, France’s Benoit Carpentier in third with the Bronze, Australia’s Harry Maskell in second with the Silver.
The Women’s Final concluded the historic day of competition, with the defending World Champion Shakira Westdorp (AUS) getting off to a blazing start. Her first two wave scores turned out to be all she needed, taking the Gold Medal for the second consecutive year with a heat total of 11.87. France’s Justin Dupont earned the Silver, USA’s Emily Merril the Bronze, and Brazil’s Aline Adisaka the Copper.
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
 
“What an incredible day of competition! This morning the waves showed up, the wind went offshore, and the world’s best SUP surfers took full advantage.
“Cold Hawaii lived up to its name, with some cold weather and excellent Surfing conditions. Shakira Westdorp and Luiz Diniz will forever go down in history as the first SUP Surfing ISA World Champions crowned in Cold Hawaii, Denmark, and Europe.
“The Technical Races and Team Relay Race that are set to take place this weekend will define who will emerge as the Team World Champion. Don’t miss the action!”
The tentative schedule for the remainder of the event will be as follows:
  • Vorupør
    • September 8 – Lay Day
    • September 9 – Technical Race Finals
    • September 10 – Relay Race & Closing Ceremony

 

2017 ISA World SUP Paddleboard Championship LIVE – Day 7

06/09/17

SUP Surfing – 2017 ISA World SUP & Paddleboard Championship

Vorupør, Denmark, September 6, 2017 – The world’s best SUP surfers took to the water and displayed their elite talent on the fourth day of competition on Denmark’s northwest coast at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.
Athletes battled through challenging, onshore conditions in Vorupør, setting the stage for the SUP Surfing World Champions to be crowned on Thursday.
Hawaii’s Zane Schweitzer, who claimed his first ISA SUP Surfing Gold Medal in an epic day at Cloudbreak, Fiji in 2016, asserted himself as one of the top contenders to go for Gold in Denmark. Schweitzer showed excellent technique and wave selection, earning the top two-wave heat total of the day with 14.70.
“I have no doubt that Hawaii has a chance to win the overall Gold,” said Schweitzer. “We already have a medal under our belt with Connor Baxter medaling in the Distance Race and we excel in the Technical Race and SUP Surfing, which are coming up in the next few days.
“Being here in Cold Hawaii has given me so much respect for the local surfers. Casper Steinfath grew up here and became a world-class athlete in these challenging conditions. I have a new-found appreciation for his dedication and all who get in the water here.”
Two other top SUP surfers that shined in the Men’s opening round were Brazil’s Caio Vaz and France’s Benoit Carpentier. Both surfers expertly navigated the unorganized wind swell, with Vaz earning the day’s second highest heat total (14.50) and Carpentier scoring the highest single wave (8.17).
The Defending Women’s SUP Surfing Champion, Shakira Westdorp, also displayed top form with the highest two-wave total with 12.83, advancing her comfortably through the opening Women’s Round to defend her title on Thursday. Izzi Gomez, the 2015 Gold Medalist and 2016 runner-up has yet to compete and will begin her campaign to reclaim the Gold when the Women’s Round 1 resumes on Thursday morning.
Due to the small window of contestable waves on the forecast, the competition reverted to a single elimination format to take full advantage of the peak of the swell on Thursday morning. As a result, the athletes had to put it all on the line, with 42 competitors being eliminated between the Men’s and Women’s events.
Nikolay Nikolov was one of the men eliminated in Round 1, however he made history as the first Bulgarian athlete to ever compete in an ISA World Championship. Nikolov was unable to advance, however his participation signifies a large step for the ISA’s global growth and development of SUP in non-traditional SUP nations.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre, said:
 
“The conditions were challenging today but the world’s best SUP surfers showed why they are the best, able to perform at a high level no matter what the conditions are like. Tomorrow we’ll see SUP Surfing World Champions crowned, the first ever in Europe.
“Vorupør has been amazing thus far. This is as remote and colorful of a town that you can find. The people, the culture, and the unity of the international athletes are creating an incredible atmosphere that can only be found at ISA World Championships.”
Thursday’s SUP Surfing will start on 6:30am CEST. To view the full schedule and heat lineups, click here.
The tentative schedule for the remainder of the event will be as follows:
  • Vorupør
    • September 7 – SUP Surfing
    • September 8 – Technical Race Finals
    • September 9 – Lay Day
    • September 10 – Relay Race & Closing Ceremony

05/09/17

Technical Races Semifinals – 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

To see full event results, click here.
Vorupør, Denmark, September 5, 2017 – Technical Races got off to a blazing start on Tuesday in Cold Hawaii in the North of Denmark, setting the stage for four highly anticipated, star-studded Finals in the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.
The world’s top SUP and Paddleboard racers shined in the town of Vorupør, competing for a place in the Finals to tentatively take place on Saturday afternoon. The local sensation, Casper Steinfath (DEN), put on an outstanding performance to earn his pass to the Final, looking to win his second Gold Medal for the host nation after earning the SUP Sprint Gold Medal in front of thousands in Copenhagen on Sunday.
“I am finally competing in front of my local crowd at home. It’s incredible,” said Steinfath.
“My dream came true on Sunday when I won the SUP Sprint. Now I have less pressure on me, but I still want to defend my title and win that Technical Race Gold.”
The Finals are stacked with the world’s top SUP and Paddleboard talent, such as Australia’s stellar Paddleboard duo, Jordan Mercer and Lachie Lansdown, New Zealand’s Annabel Anderson, Hawaii’s Connor Baxter, the Hungarian brothers Daniel and Bruno Hasulyo, and France’s Olivia Piana. Piana will attempt to earn her first Gold Medal in the SUP Technical Race discipline after having earned the Silver Medal on two occasions (2013, 2016).
Jordan Mercer, who recently overcame a family tragedy and a broken board to go on to win the Gold Medal at the Women’s Paddleboard Technical Race in Copenhagen, expressed her joy to win her Semifinal heat and be competing in a location as stunning as Cold Hawaii.
“My board feels great. I am happy to be on my own craft after discovering that it was broken and I might not be able to use it. It’s what I’ve trained on and am used to.
“It’s been really special here in Denmark. This is my first time really getting to explore Europe and the cold of Vorupør is a welcome change compared to my hometown on the Sunshine coast of Australia. The contrast between Copenhagen and Vorupør is special to see. This little town is magical.”
In the second Men’s SUP Technical Race Semifinal, Christian Andersen, the 16-year-old Danish prodigy, showed amazing poise and after falling back into eighth place, surpassed three competitors to finish in fifth, the final advancing position. The local crowd exploded in cheers as Andersen crossed the finish line.
Andersen will now advance to the Final with the goal of becoming the youngest competitor to ever finish in a podium position in the six-year history of the event.
New Zealand, currently situated in the Team Gold Medal position, will remain in the top spot after Tuesday’s competition, not losing any competitors.
An inspiring moment from Tuesday’s racing occurred in the Men’s Paddleboard Semifinal. Argentina’s Sebastian Bressen finished last in the race, but was brought to tears of pride and joy when he met his team upon crossing the finish line.
“Being here and representing Argentina is the greatest prize, the rest is all just the outcome of being here,” said Bressen. “Winning and losing is what happens, but the joy comes from knowing my team is there waiting for me on the beach.
“All the emotion and smiles are because Team Argentina were missing a prone racer
and a month ago they asked me to compete. Usually I am just a coach, so I only was able to train for a month, but I decided to do it.
“I am proud because I came here and competed. I finished last, but I completed the race. I got the most points possible that I could for Argentina, if I hadn’t competed and we would have gotten zero points. I did it for the team and my country.”
2017 ISA World SUP Paddleboard Championship LIVE

04/09/17 Lay Day

03/09/17

Day 2 Video Highlight – 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship
Copenhagen, Denmark, September 3, 2017 – Local sensation, Casper Steinfathovercame a second-place finish in the semi-final to deliver a commanding gold-medal performance in the 200-meter SUP Sprint Race Final to close a spectacular weekend of SUP racing in Copenhagen at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.
The spectacular win by Steinfath in front of an energetic and vocal home crowd was also carried live on Danish national television. Steinfath’s victory was another historic moment for the sport of SUP and Denmark.
The SUP Sprint Gold Medal is the second consecutive Sprint Title and fifth ISA SUP Racing Title for Steinfath, who also has been a leader in advancing the sport of SUP, serving as the ISA Vice President since 2014.
“This is the biggest moment in my life,” said Steinfath. “It doesn’t feel real!”
“People talk about Denmark as the country of fairy tales and I feel the fairy tale of my life just came true. To win in front of my home crowd was just a wild dream. I thought I would never achieve it.
“I’m especially stoked after my first-round heat where I hit a wall and barely made the Finals.
“I am happy that I decided to not compete in the Distance Race and focus on the Sprints. I respect all the athletes that decided to do both, but my game plan worked. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Casper Steinfath, a local of Cold Hawaii, will now look ahead to the SUP Technical Race to take place in Vorupør between September 5-10, just kilometers from his home town of Klitmøller.
In the Women’s SUP Sprint Final, Slovenia’s Manca Notar put on a dominate performance, beating the rest of the field by a decisive three-second margin.
“This is incredible!” said Notar. “Coming from Slovenia we only have lakes and a little bit of seaside. I train all the time alone at home and I knew that I had pretty good times, but I didn’t know I was this good. All the girls pushed so hard. I can’t believe it.”
Notar’s Gold Medal exemplifies the growing reach of the sport in non-traditional SUP nations, just a day after Hungary’s Bruno Hasulyo won the first ISA SUP Gold Medal ever for a land-locked nation in the Men’s Distance Race. With just over 40 kilometers of coast in Slovenia, Notar’s performance symbolizes another significant leap forward for developing SUP nations.
The SUP Sprints kicked off on Sunday morning with sunny skies and a light breeze at the Copenhagen Opera House. The 42 participating National teams lined the harbor to root on their athletes competing for Gold Medals. The Men and Women featured four Semifinal heats each, with the top two of each heat advancing to the eight-person Finals.
The SUP Sprint Semifinals entered the water first with France’s Amandine Chazot(1:08:80) notching the fastest time for the Women and Latvia’s Arvis Iljins (0:56:97) the fastest for the Men.
Notably, yesterday’s Women’s SUP Distance Race Gold Medalist, Annabel Anderson(NZL), fell off the pace of the second Sprint Semifinal placing third and missing out on a shot at the podium.
During the first of the Men’s Semifinals the local Danish crowd held their breath as Casper Steinfath got off to a slow start and came across the finish line in a photo finish for second place with Hawaii’s Connor Baxter. The spectators anxiously awaited Steinfath’s result, and let out a boisterous cheer when it was announced that he had edged out Baxter by inches to take the advancing second place position.
Steinfath’s finish in the Final didn’t leave any doubt for the judges, pulling ahead of the field by a full board length. New Zealand’s Trevor Tunnington followed with the Silver Medal, Brazil’s Artur Santacreu with the Bronze, and Australia’s Lincoln Dews with the Copper.
Manca Notar also displayed stunning acceleration in the Women’s Final, finishing well ahead of France’s Amandine Chazot who earned the Silver Medal. USA’s Jade Howson and Japan’s Yuka Sato respectively finished with the Bronze and Copper Medals.

02/09/17

Competition Day 1 – 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

Copenhagen, Denmark, September 2, 2017 – An epic set of 18km SUP and Paddleboard Distances Races led to inspiring performances and photo finishes on the first day of competition at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.
New Zealand powerhouse Annabel Anderson dominated the Women’s SUP Distance Race while Australian veteran Jordan Mercer overcame personal adversity to win the Women’s Paddleboard Race in race that went down to the wire.
On the men’s side, Hungary’s Bruno Hasulyo, put on a stunning display of SUP racing to become a first-time ISA World Champion on the Men’s Distance Race, while Australia’s Lachie Lansdown overcame last year’s winner, Sam Shepard to win his second ISA World Title.
The Women’s SUP Distance Race was first to take off in the morning. After 30 minutes into the race Anderson established a lead that would only grow as the race went on. Anderson earned the Gold Medal with a commanding lead ahead of the respective Silver and Bronze Medalists, Sonni Honscheid (GER) and Olivia Piana (FRA). USA’s Fiona Wylde rounded out the podium in the Copper Medal position.
“I started out the day with no equipment and only my paddles managed to arrive here in Denmark,” said Annabel Anderson. “I was riding a board I’ve never ridden before and I couldn’t train on the course with my equipment. I just tried to get a feel for the course on the first lap and waited for my chance to attack. I had to ride on borrowed equipment, so it was a great result for me today.”
The Women’s Paddleboard Distance Race took off next and was fiercely contested from start to finish. The 8-time ISA Gold Medalist Jordan Mercer from Australia jumped out into the lead pack of paddlers, strategically drafting behind to conserve energy. The favorite Mercer was never able to break from the pack, and even trailed for moments on the final lap behind the local Danish paddler Katrine Zinck. After 18 grueling kilometers around the Copenhagen Harbor, the race came down to a sprint on the final stretch. Mercer was able to find an extra reserve of energy and pull ahead by less than a board length to take the win. New Zealand’s Jessica Miller and Denmark’s Katrine Zinck joined Mercer in the all-out sprint and finished respectively with the Silver and Bronze Medals, with Zinck notably earning the first ISA Medal ever for a Danish woman.
Mercer let her emotions out and expressed her pride after winning her ninth individual ISA Gold Medal.
“Just last night my board arrived at the airport and we discovered that there was a huge crease in it. My teammates along with friends from other competing nations stayed up late last night fixing. The first time I saw my board was this morning before the race and I just had faith that things would go my way.
“To paddle for 20km and come down to a sprint finish is the toughest way to have a race go so I knew I had to be really technical and be smart, but you really want to try to push as many girls back as you can.
“I just had to win, not just for me but for my family. They are going through a tough time and deserve this happiness and joy in their lives right now.”
The Men’s SUP and Paddleboard Distance Races followed the women in the afternoon, with the SUP men getting off to a quick start out of the gates. The Hungarian brother duo, Bruno and Daniel Hasulyo, set the pace along with SUP superstar Connor Baxter from Hawaii. On the third of four laps Baxter made a move to pull away from the group, but the lead was short lived as Bruno Hasulyo was able to close the gap. Baxter and Hasulyo exchanged leads until the final buoy turn where Baxter fumbled his footing, allowing Hasulyo to build a solid 10-meter lead. Hasulyo powered through the finish line, earning Hungary’s first Gold Medal in their country’s first appearance in the event. Bruno Hasulyo’s brother, Daniel, came across the finish line behind Baxter with the Bronze Medal, historically placing another Hungarian on the podium. Baxter’s teammate, Mo Freitas took the Copper Medal, adding another medal for Team Hawaii in their pursuit of the overall Team Gold.
Bruno Hasulyo exploded with joy after earning a medal alongside his brother.
“I’ve been training so hard for this every day for the last two years this was the main goal in front of me, so I am speechless. I couldn’t be happier!
“Two weeks ago I said that winning a medal in this World Championship along with my brother would be a dream come true, and we’ve achieved that. This is huge for us and our country of Hungary.”
Finishing off the day of competition was the Men’s Paddleboard Distance Race, keeping the energy level high with another photo finish. The 2016 Gold Medalist, Sam Shergold (NZL) and the 2015 Gold Medalist, Lachie Lansdown (AUS), asserted themselves as the leaders from the beginning and went neck and neck to the end. Lansdown and Shergold sprinted through the finish, with Lansdown edging out the win by less than half a board length.
“Team Australia is super close and we did this as a team,” said Lansdown. It’s amazing to have their support and hear them cheer me as I passed by. Sam Shergold took the title away from me last year, so it feels great to get it back off him.”

01/09/17

Opening Ceremony – 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship

Record-setting ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship Officially Opened in Copenhagen, Denmark
42 nations celebrate the power of SUP and Paddleboard; prepare for opening of competition on Saturday
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, declares the competition open at the Copenhagen Opera House.
 Photo: ISA / Sean Evans
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Copenhagen, Denmark, September 1, 2017 – Against the stunning backdrop of the world-famous Copenhagen Harbor and Opera House, the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship was officially inaugurated in spectacular fashion on Friday afternoon in the Danish Capital.
286 athletes from 42 countries, a record-breaking mark for the competition, united to celebrate the opening of the event and the power of SUP to unite countries of the world.
“Three years ago, we had a crazy dream to bring this ISA World Championship to Denmark”, said ISA Vice President and three-time ISA Gold Medalist, Casper Steinfath of Denmark. “There is no way I thought that it would actually be possible, but thanks to the hard work and passion of so many people and volunteers, we are all here today. This is a dream come true for me and the whole Danish nation. Let’s have a great week! I look forward to seeing you on the water in Copenhagen and Cold Hawaii.”
The Opening Ceremony kicked off with the Parade of Nations. All 42 National Teams made displays of national pride while marching through the historic, colorful streets of central Copenhagen amidst crowds of local supporters. The delegations were greeted at the iconic Copenhagen Opera House by ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, Member of the Culture and Sport Council of the City of Copenhagen, Michael Gatten, President of Friends of Cold Hawaii, Finn Jorsal, and President of the Danish Surfing and Rafting Federation, Jakob Færch.
Next, each team participated in the Sands of the World Ceremony where two representatives of each nation poured sand from their home beaches into a clear container to symbolize the peaceful gathering of nations of the world through SUP.
“Our vision was to create an event with a lasting legacy,” said President of the Danish Surfing and Rafting Federation, Jacob Færch. “We already can see the effect of bringing the ISA SUP and Paddleboard World championship to Europe for the first time with thirteen new countries competing and a new record of 42 nations. This is a great achievement for us and the ISA.”
President of Friends of Cold Hawaii, Finn Jorsal, continued.
“Ever since we accepted the ISA’s offer to host this World Championship at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, we have been waiting for this moment.
“I would like to say thank you to the ISA for the opportunity to show that we can hold an elite SUP event in Denmark. We are looking forward to showing you the other side of Denmark’s beauty in Cold Hawaii next week.”
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, finished the ceremony with a powerful statement for all SUP and Paddleboard athletes around the world.
“Welcome to all the SUP and Paddleboard athletes from the participating delegations. Here today we are coming together in peace through sport in beautiful Copenhagen.
“This is the largest ever world SUP Championship in history, and additionally this is the first time in an ISA competition that there are equal spots for both men and women competitors.
“The ISA has been the natural home of SUP for many years and we have already secured the first SUP medals in a multisport event in the Olympic Movement, the 2019 Pan Am Games. SUP is a major priority for the ISA and all our federations and the growth of this event is a testament to our love and passion for the sport.
“We are looking forward to an exciting future with the goal of including SUP in the Paris 2024 Games, but this is not an individual effort. This is a team effort that will require the continued support and development from all of you here today. Together, we can achieve this dream of ours.”
On Saturday morning, September 2, the SUP and Paddleboard Distance Races will kick off the competition in Denmark. SUP Sprints will continue on Sunday before the event heads to northwest Denmark known as Cold Hawaii for the SUP Surfing, Technical Races, and Relay Race in Vorupør September 5-10.
The competition schedule for Saturday is as follows:
  • Women’s SUP and Paddleboard Distance Race 9:00 CEST
  • Men’s SUP and Paddleboard Distance Race 13:30 CEST

REGISTRATION DAY – 2017 ISA World SUP & Paddleboard Championship

31/08/17

History Made in Denmark: Record-Breaking 286 Athletes from 42 Nations to Compete in ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship 
13 new nations join competition demonstrating explosive growth of SUP under ISA leadership
Team Australia has arrived in Denmark intent on continuing their dominance in the World Championship, having earned the Team Gold Medal in four of the event’s five editions. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans
Copenhagen, Denmark, August 31, 2017 – A record-breaking 286 SUP and Paddleboard athletes from 42 nations have arrived in Denmark to represent their nations and go for Gold in a historic edition of the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.
As the sole World Championship for the sports of SUP, the participation for the 2017 edition in Denmark has reached unprecedented levels. Athlete participation has increased by more than 100% from the 2016 edition and fifteen more nations than the record of 27 will be vying for the coveted Club Waikiki-Peru World Team Champion Trophy awarded to the Team Gold Medalist.
Bulgaria, Channel Islands, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Morocco, Poland, Russia, and Wales are the first-time competing nations that have confirmed their participation in Denmark, demonstrating the expanding reach and growth of all SUP disciplines across the world.
To see the full list of participating teams, click here.
“The world-wide growth and development that SUP has experienced under ISA leadership is amazing,” said ISA President, Fernando Aguerre. “Since the inaugural year of the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in 2012, the athlete participation has nearly tripled and competing countries have doubled.
“As the fastest growing water sport in the world infused with youthful, high performance qualities, SUP would be a perfect fit on the Sports Program of the Olympic Games. The ISA has successfully included SUP in the 2019 Pan Am Games, the 2019 World Beach Games, and the 2017 Central Americans Games, and we intend to continue driving the development and growth of the sport until SUP arrives where it belongs on the world’s greatest sporting stage.
“The world-class competition that we will experience in Denmark this year will be another step in the journey towards achieving that ultimate goal.”
Notably, Team India, one of the inspiring stories that came out of the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, their first ISA event in history, will return again to compete in 2017 and build on their great strides of growth. Sekar Patchai and Tanvi Jagadish will proudly fly the Indian flag and push the limits of the sport in their country.
“The 2016 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship was my first time at an international competition, and I didn’t know a whole lot about elite equipment, such as what paddle and board to use,” said Tanvi Jagadish. “I’ve learned so much since then and this year my goal is to finish in the top ten of my races.
“It means a lot for me to represent my country and our representation of India in Denmark will inspire more young people, particularly girls, to realize that they can get in the water and practice SUP as well.”
The Opening Ceremony will kick off the festivities on September 1 at 2pm CEST featuring the Parade of Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony in Copenhagen. All 42 nations will parade through the city to the Opening Ceremony stage located in front of the iconic Copenhagen Opera House. The procession will continue with the Sands of the World Ceremony, where each team pours sand from their country into a container, symbolizing the peaceful gathering of nations of the world through SUP.
The full competition schedule will be as follows:
  • Copenhagen
    • September 2 – SUP and Paddleboard Distance Race, 9:00am CEST
    • September 3 – SUP Sprint Races, 9:00am CEST
    • September 3 – Award Ceremony after competition
  • Vorupør
    • September 4 – Lay day, Cold Hawaii Welcome Ceremony
    • September 5-10 – SUP Surfing, Technical Races, and Team Relay Race (schedule to be determined according to conditions)
    • September 10 – Closing Ceremony
To view the full event schedule, click here.

Welcome to Copenhagen – 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

31/08/17

World’s Top SUP and Paddleboard Athletes Converge in Denmark for 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship
2017 set to go down in history as the biggest edition 
of the event to date
Connor Baxter, the top ranked SUP racer in the world (according to supracer.com ), will be competing in all three SUP racing disciplines in Denmark. Photo: ISA / Brian Bielmann
Copenhagen, Denmark, August 30, 2017 – The 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, taking place in Denmark from September 1-10, is set to gather the world’s top SUP surfers, SUP racers, and paddleboarders for a historic edition of the event, the first to ever take place in Europe.
The 2017 edition of the World Championship is on pace to be the biggest in the event’s six-year history, as more than 250 athletes from up to 40 nations across all five continents will take to the water in search of Gold Medals.
Numerous past ISA Gold Medalists have enlisted to compete in the World Championship, including Denmark’s Casper Steinfath (SUP Technical & Sprint Races), Hawaii’s Connor Baxter (SUP Technical, Distance, & Sprint Races), Hawaii’s Zane Schweitzer (SUP Surfing), USA’s Candice Appleby (SUP Technical & Distance Races), and Australia’s Jordan Mercer (Paddleboard). Mercer, the most decorated ISA athlete of all time with eight individual Gold Medals, will make a return to the event after missing the 2016 edition in Fiji due to injury.
Mercer will form part of a formidable Australian squad looking to win their fifth Team Gold Medal in the event’s sixth edition and defend their World Champion Title earned in 2016. Returning Gold Medalists joining Mercer on Team Australia will be Michael Booth (SUP Distance Race), Shakira Westdorp (SUP Surfing), and Lachie Lansdown (Paddleboard).
Team France put on a strong showing in 2016 and made their first podium finish in the history of the event, earning the Silver Medal. The French will head to Denmark packing a punch again in 2017, led by a strong SUP racing contingent of Titouan Puyo, Arthur Arutkin, and Olivia Piana who have their eye on dethroning Australia for France’s first team Gold Medal.
Causing great excitement and expectation among the Danish spectators will be the local standout SUP racer, Casper Steinfath. The ISA Vice President and four-time Gold Medalist (3x Technical Race, 1x Sprint Race) at just 23 years of age has asserted himself as one of the top SUP racers in the world and will attempt to earn medals for the host nation.
Additionally, New Zealand’s Penelope Armstrong, who courageously competed and won the Women’s Technical Race Gold Medal in 2016 after overcoming Ovarian Cancer, will return to defend her title in Denmark.
To see the full rosters of teams that have registered thus far, click here.
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
 
“2017 is shaping up to be a historic edition of the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, as the world’s top athletes will compete in record numbers in Denmark.
“The participation of the elite athletes of SUP racing, SUP surfing, and Paddleboard speaks to the international prestige that this event holds and the ISA’s commitment and leadership in developing the sport.
“The beautiful canals of Copenhagen and pristine beaches of Cold Hawaii will provide an amazing backdrop for this record-breaking event.”
The 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will take place in two scenic locations across the Scandinavian nation. The event will kick off on September 1-3 with the Distance and Sprint Races in the picturesque canals of Copenhagen, then on September 4 it will head to the rugged northwest coast to Vorupør, known as Cold Hawaii, for the Technical Races, SUP Surfing, and Relay Races. The event will culminate with the Closing Ceremony in Vorupør on September 10.
2017 will be the sixth edition of the event after previous editions were held in Peru (2012, 2013), Nicaragua (2014), Mexico (2015), and Fiji (2016).

10 Things You Need to Know about the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

SUP racers take off from the start line at the Technical Race of the 2016 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Fiji. In 2017, the Technical Races will take place on Denmark’s northwest coast in Vorupør. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

Copenhagen, Denmark, August 29, 2017 – The 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship is set to take place from September 1-10 in Denmark, marking a historic gathering of the world’s best SUP racers, SUP surfers, and Paddleboarders in an edition of the event that is set to break participation records.

Here are the ten things you need to know about the upcoming competition:
1. The Records
 
The 2017 edition of the event will greatly surpass the current records for country and athlete participation. Over 250 athletes from as many as 40 countries are expected to compete in Denmark, dwarfing the records of 126 athletes set at the 2016 edition in Fiji and 27 countries which was matched by the 2014 and 2015 editions in Nicaragua and Mexico, respectively.
2. The Locations
 
The event will take place at two locations across Denmark that contrast the different types of beauty that the country has to offer. The competition will kick off in the metropolitan, coastal port of Copenhagen, and then head to the quaint fishing village of Vorupør, located on Denmark’s northwest coast, also known as Cold Hawaii.
The picturesque canals of Copenhagen will host the Distance and Sprint Races, while Vorupør will host the SUP Surfing, Technical Races, and Team Relay Race.
To see the Copenhagen race courses, click here.
3. Watch the Event Live Online
 
The World Championship will be streamed live on www.isaworlds.com from September 1-10. Visit the official event website for results, photos, videos and news pertaining to the competition.
Fans will also be able to watch the live webcast on the ISA’s Facebook page, International Surfing Association.
4. ISA’s Global Leadership of SUP
 
The ISA has been the organizer of the sole World Championship for SUP and Paddleboard since 2012. The event was first held in Peru (2012, 2013), with following editions held in Nicaragua (2014), Mexico (2015), and Fiji (2016).
Through development programs, scholarships for young SUP athletes, and promoting Championships at the national level, SUP has experienced explosive growth under the ISA’s guidance, which can be observed in the participation levels seen in the World Championship that have nearly quadrupled since its inception.
 
The ISA presented both Surfing and SUP to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee for inclusion in the Olympic Sports Program. Tokyo 2020 only elected Surfing to be included in the Games and not SUP, however achievements such as inclusion in the 2019 Pan American Games, 2019 World Beach Games, and 2017 Central American Games have added momentum to the ISA’s push for inclusion in the 2024 Olympics.
5. Gender Equality
 
The 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will feature gender equality across all divisions, reflective of the rapid growth of women’s SUP racing and surfing.
Each team will be able to field up to 18 athletes in the following divisions:
SUP Surfing: Men (2), Women (2)
SUP Distance Race: Men (2), Women (2)
Paddleboard Distance Race: Men (1), Women (1)
SUP Sprint Race: Men (1), Women (1)
SUP Technical Race: Men (2), Women (2)
Paddleboard Technical Race: Men (1), Women (1)
6. The Hometown Hero
 
ISA Vice President and 3x Technical Race Gold Medalist, Casper Steinfath, will represent Team Denmark in the Men’s SUP Technical and Sprint Races, looking to earn a Gold Medal for the local crowd.
Steinfath grew up in the Cold Hawaii region of Denmark, just a few kilometers from the event venue of Vorupør, and will be able to apply his local knowledge of the North Sea to give himself a leg up on the competition.
7.  Social Media
The ISA will be posting live updates, photos, and videos from the competition on social media. Follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat and don’t forget use the official hashtags #ISAworlds and #Denmark.
Facebook: International Surfing Association (@ISAsurfing)
Instagram: @ISAsurfing
Twitter: @ISAsurfing
Youtube: ISAsurfing
Snapchat: ISA_Surfing
8. The SUP Crossing
 
Put on in conjunction by the ISA’s National Federation in Denmark, the Danish Surfing and Rafting Federation, and Copencold Hawaii, the SUP Crossing is a festivity to celebrate and promote the participation of SUP in Copenhagen. The festivity’s events include a film festival, music, and the main event, four different SUP courses with varying difficulty for all levels of SUP racers.
The event will take place on Friday, September 1 in Copenhagen Harbor starting at 8am, before the official Opening Ceremony of the World Championship to take place later in the afternoon.
For more information on the SUP Crossing, click here.
9. The Schedule and Disciplines
  • Copenhagen
    • September 1 – Official Press Briefing, in front of the Copenhagen Opera House, time to be announced
      • September 1 – Opening Ceremony 15:00
      • September 2 – SUP and Paddleboard Distance Races, 9:00-16:30
      • September 3 – SUP Sprint Races 9:00-12:30
      • September 3 – Award Ceremony 13:00-14:00
  • Vorupør
    • September 4 – Lay day, Cold Hawaii Welcome Ceremony
    • September 5-10 – SUP Surfing, SUP and Paddleboard Technical Races, and Team Relay Race
      • Schedule to be determined according to conditions.
    • September 10 – Closing Ceremony after the end of competition
10. The Mission
Recognized by the IOC as the world governing body for Surfing and SUP, the ISA’s mission is to create a better world through development of these sports. This is accomplished through annual World Championships for surfers representing their countries, membership development, educational programs, scholarship distribution, preparing for Surfing’s participation in the Olympic Games, and promotion of the inclusion of SUP in future editions of the Games.

SUPboarder talks to one of the worlds most passionate and talented paddlers Casper Steinfath aka the ‘Danish Viking’. Casper is a busy man! Not only is he training hard to be one of the fastest paddlers on the World Tour, he is also the International Surfing Association (ISA) vice president and is the man behind bringing the ISA World Championships to Europe this September. And if that’s not enough he has also recently started his own SUP school in Denmark! At a recent Naish N1SCO event Will Rogers from SUPboarder talks to Casper about his busy life and Naish N1SCO racing too.

Feature Image : Red Bull

The count down has begun for the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. And this year it’s heading to Denmark on the 1- 10th of September. Over 300 paddlers from over 30 countries will be taking part in prone paddleboarding, SUP racing and SUP surfing disciplines to find who is going to be crowned the 2017 ISA World Champions. 

About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men’s and Women’s World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; and World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.

WSF SUP
 WSF Sup Qualifier, in association with Fanatic, SUP Hut and ION

Langland Bay, 09/07/2017 

Since the independence of Wales as a surfing nation from the UK, the WSF has been very active in making sure Wales has a team present at all European and World events, in all disciplines of surfing.

With the ISA SUP World championships only just round the corner, the qualifying events were the next focus of the WSF Sup division.

This weekend it was Sup Tech racing: a 2km course in and out from the beach including a beach run: 3 complete laps.

Despite the late notice of the event, organiser were met by a healthy turnout over three divisions (Gentlemen’s, Ladies , and Open Prone), all bright faced ready for the early start.

The sun was peaking out and the tide was high, but beginning to drop out.

Men’s SUP and Prone set out together, followed by the ladies, after a short interval..

Competitors were treated to a zigzag course around the entire bay of Langland(not that they were paying much attention to scenery as they slogged it out), in warm and slightly muggy conditions.

The leads in both Men’s and ladies were close for the first two laps but the absence of any noticeable swell, left little to unfoot anyone or give paddlers any gains.

Chris Vaughan, Andy Darylmple, and Jonathon Roberts formed a tight group for lap one, but as the group got going Chris and Andy moved ahead and sat within 4 board lengths of each other for the final two laps. The dropping tide was welcomed by no one, as the beach run was getting longer by each lap, but beach supporters and crew were on hand offering waters and a torrent of support, spurring everyone on.

Kerry Baker and Mi Richardson, were in a similar battle as the men’s, and both could have done with being in the men’s race, showing that the gender gap is becoming a thing of the past.

Our lone but hardened prone paddler: Adam England (he is welsh though), struck out on a constant and finishing pace, and got the job done, with his infectious grin beaming every time he came round to the beach.

The Final Technical racing standings: 

Prone Paddle:
1st Adam England

Ladies SUP:
1st Kerry Baker
2nd Mi Richardson

Gentlemen’s Sup
1st Chris Vaughan
2nd Andy Darylmple
3rd Jonathon Roberts
4th Sean Smith

A big thanks go out to all involved, everyone was there on a volunteer basis, and to give up their valuable free time is something not to be overlooked.

Thanks to Swansea City Council for granting our permission to run the event..

Our greatest appreciation should also go out to the key Sponsors:

SUP hut: for the trophies, use of their race tackle and buoys, and continual support of WSF SUP Fanatic SUP International: for their unwavering support of the sport and their supply of ample prizes K66 and IO N: for investing from the ground up in our nations sport.

Langland bay, always welcoming
Lined up and ready to race
Our Winners

Team Hawaii definitely had it sorted at the ISA worlds this year. With help from Fiji surf CO with a jet ski and large Trimaran on the water as a team base it really does look like an ideal set up. The ISA Worlds is always more about bonding as a team than a solo event. And having this type of set up definitely helped the team to take their 4th place overall this year.