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Home-nation Hero Casper Steinfath Wins SUP Sprint Gold for his Fifth World Title for Denmark

Local sensation, Casper Steinfath overcame a second-place finish in the semi-final to deliver a commanding gold-medal performance in the 200-meter SUP Sprint Race Final. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed. 

Local sensation, Casper Steinfath overcame a second-place finish in the semi-final to deliver a commanding gold-medal performance in the 200-meter SUP Sprint Race Final. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed. 

Slovenia’s Manca Notar takes Women’s SUP Sprint Gold, exemplifying global growth of sport. 

To see the full results, click here.

Local sensation, Casper Steinfath overcame a second-place finish in the semi-final to deliver a commanding gold-medal performance in the 200-meter SUP Sprint Race Final to close a spectacular weekend of SUP racing in Copenhagen at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.

The spectacular win by Steinfath in front of an energetic and vocal home crowd was also carried live on Danish national television. Steinfath’s victory was another historic moment for the sport of SUP and Denmark.

The spectacular win by Steinfath in front of an energetic and vocal home crowd. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed. 

The spectacular win by Steinfath in front of an energetic and vocal home crowd. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed. 

The SUP Sprint Gold Medal is the second consecutive Sprint Title and fifth ISA SUP Racing Title for Steinfath, who also has been a leader in advancing the sport of SUP, serving as the ISA Vice President since 2014.

“This is the biggest moment in my life,” said Steinfath. “It doesn’t feel real!”

“People talk about Denmark as the country of fairy tales and I feel the fairy tale of my life just came true. To win in front of my home crowd was just a wild dream. I thought I would never achieve it.

“I’m especially stoked after my first-round heat where I hit a wall and barely made the Finals.

“I am happy that I decided to not compete in the Distance Race and focus on the Sprints. I respect all the athletes that decided to do both, but my game plan worked. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Casper Steinfath, a local of Cold Hawaii, will now look ahead to the SUP Technical Race to take place in Vorupør between September 5-10, just kilometers from his home town of Klitmøller.

In the Women’s SUP Sprint Final, Slovenia’s Manca Notar put on a dominate performance, beating the rest of the field by a decisive three-second margin.

“This is incredible!” said Notar. “Coming from Slovenia we only have lakes and a little bit of seaside. I train all the time alone at home and I knew that I had pretty good times, but I didn’t know I was this good. All the girls pushed so hard. I can’t believe it.”

Notar’s Gold Medal exemplifies the growing reach of the sport in non-traditional SUP nations, just a day after Hungary’s Bruno Hasulyo won the first ISA SUP Gold Medal ever for a land-locked nation in the Men’s Distance Race. With just over 40 kilometers of coast in Slovenia, Notar’s performance symbolizes another significant leap forward for developing SUP nations.

The SUP Sprints kicked off on Sunday morning with sunny skies and a light breeze at the Copenhagen Opera House. The 42 participating National teams lined the harbor to root on their athletes competing for Gold Medals. The Men and Women featured four Semifinal heats each, with the top two of each heat advancing to the eight-person Finals.

The SUP Sprint Semifinals entered the water first with France’s Amandine Chazot (1:08:80) notching the fastest time for the Women and Latvia’s Arvis Iljins (0:56:97) the fastest for the Men.

Notably, yesterday’s Women’s SUP Distance Race Gold Medalist, Annabel Anderson (NZL), fell off the pace of the second Sprint Semifinal placing third and missing out on a shot at the podium.

During the first of the Men’s Semifinals the local Danish crowd held their breath as Casper Steinfath got off to a slow start and came across the finish line in a photo finish for second place with Hawaii’s Connor Baxter. The spectators anxiously awaited Steinfath’s result, and let out a boisterous cheer when it was announced that he had edged out Baxter by inches to take the advancing second place position.

Steinfath’s finish in the Final didn’t leave any doubt for the judges, pulling ahead of the field by a full board length. New Zealand’s Trevor Tunnington followed with the Silver Medal, Brazil’s Artur Santacreu with the Bronze, and Australia’s Lincoln Dews with the Copper.

Manca Notar also displayed stunning acceleration in the Women’s Final, finishing well ahead of France’s Amandine Chazot who earned the Silver Medal. USA’s Jade Howson and Japan’s Yuka Sato respectively finished with the Bronze and Copper Medals.

After the competition, an award ceremony followed to honor the first SUP Gold Medalists crowned in Copenhagen and bid farewell to the enchanting city that hosted the first leg of the event.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:

“What a couple of days here in Denmark. It’s been a week of firsts: The first time for this event in Europe, the first time Denmark has hosted an ISA event, first SUP World Championship with gender equality, the first time a Danish woman has won a medal, and the first time that Casper Steinfath has won a Gold Medal at home. That’s truly special.

“Thanks to everyone that has been with us all these days. This is a bittersweet moment because we had such a great time in this city walking the streets, riding bicycles, and enjoying the culture. Today we wrap up the event in Copenhagen and go to Cold Hawaii to experience the beautiful northwest coast of Denmark.

“I would also like congratulate the participants here this weekend and to give a special award to the Mayor of Culture and Leisure of Copenhagen, Carl Christian Ebbesen, so every day he remembers the ISA and the 42 nations that came to visit. We will leave the Sands of the World here in Copenhagen, to remember forever this first encounter of the ISA and the Danish capital.”

The Mayor of Culture and Leisure of Copenhagen, Carl Christian Ebbesen, said:

“Thank you so much on behalf of the City of Copenhagen. I am so proud that all you have managed to put on this incredible event. Congrats to Casper for the Gold Medal and all the other athletes for doing a great job.”

The full schedule for the remainder of the event will be as follows:
 
Vorupør

September 4 – Lay day, Cold Hawaii Welcome Ceremony
September 5-10 – SUP Surfing, Technical Races, and Team Relay Race (schedule to be determined according to conditions)
September 10 – Closing Ceremony
 
To view the full event schedule, click here.
 
The event will be streaming live September 1-10 on www.isaworlds.com.  

History Made in Denmark: Record-Breaking 286 Athletes from 42 Nations to Compete in ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship  

13 new nations join competition demonstrating explosive growth of SUP under ISA leadership

A record-breaking 280 SUP and Paddleboard athletes from 42 nations have arrived in Denmark to represent their nations and go for Gold in a historic edition of the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.

SUP and Paddleboard Racers warm up in Copenhagen Harbor for the Distance and Sprint Races to come on Saturday and Sunday. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

SUP and Paddleboard Racers warm up in Copenhagen Harbor for the Distance and Sprint Races to come on Saturday and Sunday.
Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

As the sole World Championship for the sports of SUP, the participation for the 2017 edition in Denmark has reached unprecedented levels. Athlete participation has increased by more than 100% from the 2016 edition and fifteen more nations than the record of 27 will be vying for the coveted Club Waikiki-Peru World Team Champion Trophy awarded to the Team Gold Medalist.

Team Australia has arrived in Denmark intent on continuing their dominance in the World Championship, having earned the Team Gold Medal in four of the event’s five editions. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Team Australia has arrived in Denmark intent on continuing their dominance in the World Championship, having earned the Team Gold Medal in four of the event’s five editions.
Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Bulgaria, Channel Islands, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Morocco, Poland, Russia, and Wales are the first-time competing nations that have confirmed their participation in Denmark, demonstrating the expanding reach and growth of all SUP disciplines across the world.
 
To see the full list of participating teams, click here.
 
“The world-wide growth and development that SUP has experienced under ISA leadership is amazing,” said ISA President, Fernando Aguerre. “Since the inaugural year of the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in 2012, the athlete participation has nearly tripled and competing countries have doubled.
 
“As the fastest growing water sport in the world infused with youthful, high performance qualities, SUP would be a perfect fit on the Sports Program of the Olympic Games. The ISA has successfully included SUP in the 2019 Pan Am Games, the 2019 World Beach Games, and the 2017 Central Americans Games, and we intend to continue driving the development and growth of the sport until SUP arrives where it belongs on the world’s greatest sporting stage.
 
“The world-class competition that we will experience in Denmark this year will be another step in the journey towards achieving that ultimate goal.”
 
Notably, Team India, one of the inspiring stories that came out of the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, their first ISA event in history, will return again to compete in 2017 and build on their great strides of growth. Sekar Patchai and Tanvi Jagadish will proudly fly the Indian flag and push the limits of the sport in their country.
 
“The 2016 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship was my first time at an international competition, and I didn’t know a whole lot about elite equipment, such as what paddle and board to use,” said Tanvi Jagadish. “I’ve learned so much since then and this year my goal is to finish in the top ten of my races.
 
“It means a lot for me to represent my country and our representation of India in Denmark will inspire more young people, particularly girls, to realize that they can get in the water and practice SUP as well.”
 
The Opening Ceremony will kick off the festivities on September 1 at 2pm CEST featuring the Parade of Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony in Copenhagen. All 42 nations will parade through the city to the Opening Ceremony stage located in front of the iconic Copenhagen Opera House. The procession will continue with the Sands of the World Ceremony, where each team pours sand from their country into a container, symbolizing the peaceful gathering of nations of the world through SUP.
 
The full competition schedule will be as follows:
 
Copenhagen
September 2 – SUP and Paddleboard Distance Race, 9:00am CEST
September 3 – SUP Sprint Races, 9:00am CEST
September 3 – Award Ceremony after competition

Vorupør
September 4 – Lay day, Cold Hawaii Welcome Ceremony
September 5-10 – SUP Surfing, Technical Races, and Team Relay Race (schedule to be determined according to conditions)
September 10 – Closing Ceremony
 
To view the full event schedule, click here.  
 
The event will be streaming live September 1-10 on www.isaworlds.com.

ISA delighted with preparation and progress for 2017 ISA SUP World Championship in Denmark

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has hailed the unique Surfing and StandUp Paddle locations Denmark has to offer following site visits to both Copenhagen and Vorupør, co-hosts of the 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship. The ISA welcomed the preparation and progress of the Championship whilst attending the 2017 SportAccord Convention in Aarhus, Denmark.

Copenhagen Harbour, during the Danish Standup Paddle Championship 2014. Credit: Jill Christina Hansen

Copenhagen Harbour, during the Danish Standup Paddle Championship 2014.
Credit: Jill Christina Hansen

The ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship has become one of the International Federation’s fastest growing competitions, with Denmark expected to see record participation in terms of number of countries and athletes participating. This year’s event, which will be hosted across the two cities and take place for the first time in Europe, will showcase the discipline’s top athletes competing in stunning and iconic Danish locations.

The event will kick off with SUP and Paddleboard Distance and Sprint Racing events held on the historic canals of the Danish capital Copenhagen, right in front of iconic venues including the Opera House and Royal Theater. The championship will then move to Vorupør, situated in the northwest coast of the country in an area known as “Cold Hawaii”, celebrated for its excellent wave conditions and unique surf & SUP culture.  Cold Hawaii will be the site of the SUP Surfing and SUP and Paddleboard Technical Races straight off Vorupør’s popular and picturesque beaches.

Denmark has 7,500km of stunning coastline which can be reached in a two-hour drive from anywhere in the country. Cold Hawaii’s excellent conditions and the accessibility of the coast have given the sport significant momentum in recent years and SUP has become a popular discipline for many across the country.

As the sole federation responsible for the development of StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard, the ISA has been the leader and driver of the sport’s growth. By bringing one of its flagship events to Denmark, the ISA continues to expand the reach and development of SUP and surfing.  With Surfing having been added to the Olympic program for Tokyo 2020, the ISA hopes to use its new status to elevate SUP even further, promoting grass roots development and spreading the sport into new markets.

Ahead of the Championships, which will run from 1-10 September 2017, the ISA delegation at SportAccord includes ISA President Fernando Aguerre and ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo as well as Danish 3x World SUP Racing Champion and ISA Vice President, Casper Steinfath, who will help promote both SUP and Surfing. Steinfath will join Aguerre in taking to Danish waters to showcase the high performance thrill of both SUP Racing and Surfing.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:

“The global development of SUP is a huge priority for the ISA.  This is an excellent opportunity to continue to build up the 2017 SUP World Championship in a well known and popular Surfing location in northern Europe. We are very confident that both Vorupør and Copenhagen will provide the world’s best SUP Surfers and Racers the perfect stage to showcase their amazing skills.

“The ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship continues to grow year on year and this is testament to the ISA’s efforts to nurture and develop this key discipline. We will continue to lead the global promotion of SUP as we aim for the inclusion of the discipline in future editions of the Olympic Games.” 

Triple SUP Racing World Champion, ISA Vice President and Chairman of the ISA Athletes’ Commission, Casper Steinfath, who is from the Cold Hawaii region of Denmark, said:

“Cold Hawaii is a special place in the heart of Denmark for Surfing and StandUp Paddle. This region has cultivated some the country’s top athletes and I cannot wait to welcome the World Championships to our shores. Visiting SportAccord today in my home nation and being able to demonstrate the sport that I love and what Denmark has to offer, is a wonderful moment for me.

“Over recent years, SUP has greatly advanced in professionalism and popularity and much of that success is a result of the work conducted by the ISA. Following Surfing’s Olympic inclusion, the ISA has been able to offer so much to SUP, organizing the World Championships, helping to fund development schemes and instructor courses, and bringing a voice to our discipline that can be heard by more people globally.”

Denmark launches bid to become first European host for SUP World Championship in 2017

Denmark has become the first country to announce a bid for the 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle & Paddleboard Championship. If successful, Denmark would become the first European country to host the World Championship. 

By voting last night in favour of supporting the bid, Thisted Municipality provided another vital piece of the funding for the event. It comes a few days after Sport Event Denmark and Wonderful Copenhagen also backed the event. Collaboration between and financial guarantees from local and central government have been a hallmark of Denmark’s bids for international events. 

Denmark has successfully hosted many major sporting events in the last decade on and off the water, including the 2011 World Road Cycling Championships, the 2014 World Half Marathon, the 2014 Men’s Handball European Championships and, the 2014 World Badminton Championships. Last year, Aarhus, the host of many world and European class sailing championships, won the bid to host the  2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships.

“Personally, it would be a dream homecoming for me if Denmark host the 2017 world championship; professionally I think it would a huge leap forward for our sport,”Casper Steinfath, Denmark’s two-time ISA StandUp Paddle world champion (2013 and 2014), said. “We want to raise awareness of the sport in Denmark and the rest of Europe and show that SUP is a global sport. Having grown up surfing and paddling in Cold Hawaii and competed several times in Copenhagen Harbour I know COPENCOLD HAWAII will deliver.” 

COPENCOLD HAWAII will be a unique collaboration between Copenhagen and Cold Hawaii, in Thisted Municipality. Copenhagen Harbour will host the long-distance racing, standup paddle and prone paddleboarding whilst Cold Hawaii host the SUP Surf, Technical Racing and the Relay Race. 

The major 12-day event would see between 280 and 300 athletes from 50 countries competing across the two venues. 

“By choosing Copenhagen and Cold Hawaii we are combining the best Denmark has to offer the SUP and prone paddleboarding community,” Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, said. “The combination of the two venues will provide a the perfect settings for an ISA SUP World StandUp Paddle World Championship in Europe,” 

COPENCOLD HAWAII was the idea of the Friends of Cold Hawaii, the Danish Surf & Rafting Federation and Copenhagen Water Sports in collaboration with Sport Event Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen and Thisted Municipality.

“To us, the 2017 ISA SUP World StandUp Paddle & Paddleboarding Championship in Denmark would be  about exchange and collaboration; bringing the championship to Europe and linking Copenhagen and Cold Hawaii will inspire not only a growing Danish SUP community but also the SUP community in the rest of Europe,” Finn Jorsal, president of Friends of Cold Hawaii, said.  

“We’re sure that the athletes will love Copenhagen, the Event Capital of Scandinavia and Cold Hawaii; Casper Steinfath is testament to that already - this is an opportunity to grow our reputation as a city and as a nation of water activities,” Lars Vallentin, Head of events at Wonderful Copenhagen, said.

“Every day we experience a growing interest for SUP,” Jakob Færch, chairman of the Danish Surf and Rafting Federation, said. “By hosting an event like this on home water we have the chance to promote and further establish the sport as yet another important branch in a proud Danish watersports tradition”, says Jakob Færch. 

Note: 

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The right to host the annual ISA SUP World StandUp Paddle & Paddleboard Championship is decided by the International Surfing Association. The deadline for submission of bids for 2017 edition must be made by January with the decision made in June: 

Bidding process: 

Submit Security Deposit: January
Submit Bid Application: Ultimo January/primo April
Bid Applications Evaluated by ISA: March
Site Survey By ISA: March/April
Bid Application Approved/Final Decision Made: Ultimo April
Hosting Agreement Signed/Sanction Fee Due: May
Guarantee Deposit Due: June

Previous hosts: 

2015: Mexico
2014: Nicaragua
2013: Peru
2012: Peru

The 2016 event will be held in one of these four countries:
 
Fiji
Mexico
Argentina
China