Photos: ISA/Rommel Gonzales & Michael Tweddle
The ISA Worlds Kick Off SUP Surfing Contest
The SUP Surfing competition of the 2014 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) is now underway. Day One featured amazing high performance SUP Surfing in the beautiful waves of Nicaragua.
The best SUP surfers from around the world gathered in La Boquita Beach, located on the Pacific coast in Diriamba, just over an hour southwest of the capital city, Managua. La Boquita is a sand and rock bottom beach break that offers both long rights and lefts. It allows for the surfers to perform a variety of maneuvers on its open wave faces and is well-suited for SUP surfing.
Day One saw surf in the two- to three-feet range with some larger sets rolling in on occasion. The contestable conditions were best in the morning and afternoon's higher tide. During low tide, there are more sections and with shorter rides. Nicaragua is famous for its usually strong offshore winds that are caused by Lake Nicaragua, but on Day One, the phenomenon was evident in the afternoon when the side shore winds picked up.
“In just three editions of this World Championship, each year I am amazed by the progression of the sport,” said a jubilant ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “Not only is the equipment getting better, but also the level of performance is incredible. The world’s best men and women SUP surfers are pushing the boundaries to new levels.
It’s a very special feeling to see all the National Teams cheering on each other and being able to witness the universal camaraderie of the sport. I encourage everyone around the world to share these special moments by watching the live webcast all week long.”
Look to SUPtheMag.com for more updates from the ISA Worlds.