Fiji: the world's best SUPers and paddleboarders will compete for medals | Photo: Tourism Fiji

The 2016 ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship will be held at Cloudbreak, in Fiji, between November 5th-13th.

The International Surfing Association (ISA) confirmed that the world's best SUPers and paddleboarders will compete for gold, silver and bronze in the Pacific archipelago.

According to the Outdoor Industry Association, SUP is currently the fastest growing outdoor activity in the planet. The sport has been included in the 2019 Pan American Games, and in the 2017 World Beach Games.

ISA and its 98 national members are looking forward to the inclusion of surfing and SUP in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The confirmation is expected to arrive by summer.

"SUP surfing and racing are growing exponentially both as competitive sports and as recreational activities. We're always looking to take our international competitions to new territories to help share our unique values and boost the popularity of the sport," underlines Fernando Aguerre, president of the ISA.

The 2016 ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship will attract over 200 athletes from more than 20 countries. Team USA is the defending world champion.

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