- 17 August 2016 | Surfing
The 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship will be held in Copenhagen and Klitmøller, Denmark.
The increasingly popular competition is set to September 2017. The SUP and Paddleboard Racing events will take place in the country's capital, and the SUP Surfing heats will run in "Cold Hawaii," a spot located in Denmark's northwest coastline.
Denmark joined the International Surfing Association (ISA) in 2013. The Northern European country has a long tradition running windsurfing, kiteboarding, and surfing events. Contrary to popular belief, Denmark has splendid weather and geographic conditions for water and wave sports.
"We are thrilled to make this announcement here in Rio where surfing has just been confirmed as an Olympic sport for Tokyo 2020. This is a fantastic opportunity for the whole sport and we are determined to support the ISA as we continue the development of SUP and paddleboard with the hope that these disciplines will also one day become a part of the Olympic Games," said Jorsal Finn, president of the Danish Surfing and Rafting Federation.
Last year, the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Sayulita, Mexico, attracted a record number of 260 SUP and paddleboard specialists from 25 nations.
"With our 2016 Championship in Fiji this November followed by Denmark next year, SUP and Paddleboard are becoming more and more universal," added Fernando Aguerre, president of the International Surfing Association.