- 17 February 2012 | Surfing
More than 140 surfers will be battling for gold in the first edition of the ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship, which takes on the beaches of Miraflores, Lima, Peru.
The home to the famous Waikiki Surf Club and the cradle of modern Peruvian surfing is a great venue and will certainly be the perfect stage for a beatiful wave competition.
"StandUp Paddle surfing and racing are truly global sports and the ISA wants to support them with this yearly competition. The event also includes Paddleboarding, a classic discipline practiced by paddling prone over a board", said ISA President, Fernando Aguerre.
The ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship is surfed in an Olympic-style model. Teams compete for medals and the honor of representing their countries. Each SUPer defends his flag.
Peru won the hosting bid over other candidate nations because of its great commitment to a better surfing future, its ideal coastal conditions for the event and also to help develop SUP and Paddleboarding in the region.
Jamie Mitchell, ten-time Oahu to Molokai Paddleboard champion, will lead Team Australia. "I'm really looking forward to it as while what we do is still a very individual activity, now it is just not about individual results, we're also racing for our team and country," Mitchell said.
The SUP population is growing exponentially; people have come to realize that any body of water could suit the big boards and paddles. While the surfing side of SUPing continues to push the envelope on any preconceived performance limitations, the racing aspect of SUPs has also attracted a new group of people to board-riding.
Today, it's even possible to carry a SUP board in a small bag. Learn more about an innovative inflatable SUP board.