2015 ISA Worlds || Day 1 || SUP Surfing Early Rounds

International Surfing Association (ISA) World SUP and Paddleboard Championships Kicks Off With SUP Surfing in Sayulita, Mexico

The first day of competition kicked off yesterday in Sayulita with the opening rounds of the Men’s and Women’s SUP surfing contest, held in 2- to 3-foot surf at Sayulita Beach, allowing athletes to showcase their supreme skillsets in tightly matched heats throughout the early rounds.

The Opening Main Event Rounds 1 and 2 of the Men's and Women's SUP Surfing offered standout performances from U.S.A.'s Sean Poynter on the Men's side and Brazil's Nicole Pacelli on the Women's.

Poynter—the 2013 ISA Gold Medalist—put on a performance in his two heats that earned him the two highest total heat scores of the day with a 13.20 and a 13.27.

Pacelli, SUP Surfing Gold Medalist in the 2013 ISA World Championship, scored the highest women's heat score with 11.26. Expect Pacelli to take advantage of her high placing on Day 1, capitalizing on time to prepare for the closing rounds of the SUP Surfing contest to be held on Thursday.

Regardless of Day One’s results, all surfers will receive a second shot at contention. Athletes who placed 1st and 2nd move on to the next round, while athletes that placed 3rd and 4th move on to the Repechaje Round, where they will get one more chance before elimination.

Check back with SUPthemag.com later today for recap, results and photos from today’s event—the Women’s Long Distance Race.

Full list of yesterday’s SUP Surfing results

Sean Poynter

American Sean Poynter dominated the early rounds of the SUP Surfing competition, earning the two highest heat totals of the day. Photo: Greg Panas