ISA presents the World Stand Up Paddle Surfing Championship

The International Surfing Association (ISA), World Governing Authority for Surfing and all its disciplines, recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is proud to announce the creation of the first ISA World Stand Up Paddle Surfing Championship in history.

Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP) is one of the surfing disciplines that has grown in recent years. Known in Hawaiian as Ku Hoe He'e Nalu, it is considered by many as a “new” way of surfing, but its history actually started long before in Hawaii where the Waikiki Beach Boys used to surf with outrigger paddles. They also used SUP to take pictures of the tourists that were learning to surf.

By early 2000, Hawaiian surfers, including Dave Kalama, Brian Keualana, Rick Thomas, Archie Kalepa and Laird Hamilton, brought the discipline back to life. In less than ten years the popularity of SUP has reached the waves of every corner of the world.

The ISA is aware of the growth of the sport and would like to honor all SUP Surfers their respective medals, crowning for the first time in history a Stand Up Paddle Surfing World Champion.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, one of the masterminds of this initiative commented about the creation of this World Championship: “Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP) has had an explosive growth in the last 2 years. It’s a great complement for regular surfing, especially for those days with small waves. It can be practiced in almost any body of water. We are honored to be launching the inaugural ISA Stand Up Paddle Surfing World Championship.”

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British Stand Up Paddle Association

BSUPA is pleased to announce the entry forms for the Second Round of the 2009 Series at Gwithian Beach near St Ives, Cornwall are now online. To be held on the weekend of 6th/7th June hosted by Sunset Surf.

We will be running a SUP Surfing Contest (providing the waves are good enough). Regardless of waves an SUP Distance race will be held for all categories (men’s, women’s and juniors) There is a max board length of 12’6” on all BSUPA distance events held this year.

Results for both the Surf and Distance events will go towards the final 2009 Championship.

A series of short sprint races may be run for fun if time allows. This format was trialed for the first time at West Wittering. It was a lot of fun for both spectators and those taking part.

You can now enter online by following the link below or print out the entry form and send it with a cheque payable to BSUPA to BSUPA. 208 Whyke Road, Chichester. Po19 7AQ.

Please be sure to enter in advance as there will be a £5 admin cost for anyone entering on the day. All entrants must as always be paid up members of BSUPA.

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Oney Anwar wins the Queensland Titles in Australia

Rip Curl Team rider Oney Anwar won the Queensland titles and has qualified himself for the Australian titles.
Oney Anwar born August 17th in Sumbawa, Lakey Peak, has been charging through his career ever since he first stood up on a surfboard.

Growing up at Lakey Peak and surfing mental waves on an everyday basis, Oney has had the opportunity to develop an incredible style in surfing. When Oney first joined the Rip Curl team in 2003 he was already looking to become a world class surfer at the age of 10.

Winning various events and always with the great attitude of a professional, Oney Anwar has taken it to the next level.
Oney has been in Queensland Australia since 2007 as part of Rip Curls International Grommet development program, surfing and competing in the Palm Beach Boardriding Club.

Doing what any teenager does, Oney goes to school at the Palm Beach Currumbin High School and joins the professional athlete training program in the afternoons.

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