On Sunday, the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship came to a close. It was the fifth year of the world championships and the first time the ISAs had been held on the Fijian island of Tavarua. The seven-day contest featured elite paddlers representing 26 different nations-a testament to the international growth of our sport.
One of the many highlights came in the SUP surfing competition, which was held at world-famous Cloudbreak. After being delayed for several days due to small surf, Cloudbreak pumped in peak form for the final rounds-creating one of the most memorable SUP surfing contests to date. In addition, the picturesque turquoise waters of Fiji created a perfect backdrop for the tightly-contested distance and technical races held throughout the week.
In the end, it was the Australians who rebounded from last year’s disappointing loss to the United States to take home their fourth gold in five years. France finished runner-up with a very impressive second place finish, while New Zealand claimed the bronze. Rounding out the top five was Hawaii and the United States, respectively.
Scope out the action from a memorable week in Fiji with this eye-popping photo gallery.
Complete recap of the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.
SUP surfing video highlights from the final rounds at Cloudbreak.
Full results from the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.