When SUP's elite class descends upon Peru next week for the International Surfing Association (ISA) World SUP and Paddleboard Championships, the rest of the world will be watching. Over 150 elite paddlers from 23 national teams will put it all on the line at one of the largest international events of the year. The games are upon us, here are some things you need to know:
1. The competition takes place Feb. 24 – March 2 at La Pampilla in Lima, Peru. Peru is known for it’s year-round surf and fun lefts, but La Pampilla will have competitors stoked on its plethora of perfect rights.
2. Disciplines include SUP surfing, SUP racing and prone paddleboard racing. Prone paddleboard racing is an important inclusion to the event as it helped pave the way for SUP and many top standup paddlers come from prone paddling backgrounds.
3. SUP and paddleboard racing will be held on the same courses. Courses include a 5-6km Technical (sprint) course with competitors rounding buoys for multiple laps. The 18-20km Distance course will begin at La Pampilla, taking competitors to Playa Barrancos and back.
4. The webcast will be available LIVE on SUPtheMag.com, so tune in to catch all the action, starting Feb. 24, and check back for updates of the event.
5. The ISA is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and is working towards the inclusion of surfing and SUP in future Olympic Games.
6.Team Australia won last year’s crown and will be favored again this year, featuring a highly-skilled team including Jamie Mitchell, Justin Holland Shakira Westdorp and prone phenom Jordan Mercer.
Check back for news and updates as SUP magazine covers this event.
For more info, visit: ISASurf.org