Felipe Hernandez, 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships, Mexico. Photo:

Felipe Hernandez, 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships, Mexico. Photo: Greg Panas

Fiji To Host 2016 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

It’s been an anxious off-season since last year’s ISA World SUP and Paddleboarding Championships in Sayulita. The fate of the competition—arguably the most monumental event on the standup paddlers’ annual agenda—was shrouded in radio-silence, the International Surfing Association, leaving the location, date and frankly, the general existence of the 2016 ISA Worlds. But the industry’s nerves were settled today as ISA officials announced confirmation that the event is not only set to run November 4th through 13th, but it’s set to run in quite possibly the most idyllic location on the planet for a standup paddling competition.

Welcome: Fiji. Home to 322 inhabitable islands and more than a million square miles of the South Pacific. Home to the island surfing paradises of Namotu and Tavarua. Home to endless crossings and countless downwind runs. Home to remote reef passes and a history of landmark swells. And most appealing of all, home to Cloudbreak, one of the world’s very best left-hand reefs.

The Fijian island nation offers one of few destinations in the world that might be considered a step up from past ISA World locations. Last year, the azure waters of Sayulita, Mexico provided a picturesque arena for the multi-event SUP competition. In 2014, it was Nicaragua. 2013 and 2012, the birth years of the ISA Worlds for SUP, it was Peru.

While the surfing segment of the competition is set to be held at Cloudbreak, the precise location of the racing portion has yet to be announced. We’ll keep you posted with details, updates and analysis regarding the event and the country’s team selections as information comes forth. Stay tuned.

Recap from the 2015 ISA Worlds in Sayulita

Jamie Mitchell shares his experience that produced the above photo at Cloudbreak in our From the Mag feature story.