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Australia Continues Dominance to Win Historic Fifth ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship Team Gold

Team Australia capture final Relay Race Gold, edging out France and New Zealand for Team Title. 

Team Australia capped off a historic week of competition in Denmark and continued their dominance in the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.  Photo:  ISA / Sean Evans

Team Australia capped off a historic week of competition in Denmark and continued their dominance in the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

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Team Australia capped off a historic week of competition in Denmark and continued their dominance in the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, edging out France and New Zealand to earn the overall Team Gold Medal.

Coming into the Final day of competition in Vorupør, located on Denmark’s northwest coast, Australia held the overall lead in the team points ranking. Their fate was in their hands, as a win in the Team Relay Race would cement their Gold Medal position at the top of the podium.

Team Australia jumped out to a lead in the Relay Race that only grew larger lap after lap, earning their fifth Team Gold Medal in the event’s six-year history.

Team Australia’s quest for Gold started at the first leg of the World Championship in Copenhagen. They got off to an amazing start with dual Gold Medals in the Paddleboard Distance Race from Lachie Lansdown and Jordan Mercer.
 
As the event moved to the northwest coast known as ‘Cold Hawaii’, Team Australia briefly trailed in the overall team points ranking behind Team France, but after SUP Surfing Gold from Shakira Westdorp and Silver from Harry Maskell, a SUP Technical Race Bronze Medal from Terrene Black, and repeat Gold Medal performances from Lachie Lansdown and Jordan Mercer in the Paddleboard Technical Races, they had gained the lead and never looked back.
 
Shakira Westdorp, Australia’s team captain and Women’s SUP Surfing Gold Medalist, said:
 
“We showed our dominance from start to finish. Our whole team put in so much work and I think we deserved this.
 
“Winning Gold is what we come here for. This time around was definitely our most hard-fought Team Gold. There was so much high competition from other countries. It’s awesome to see the growth of SUP and Paddleboarding.
 
“For us to win with this strong field it shows the caliber of our athletes and our team spirit. We always have each other’s back and that goes a long way.
 
Closely following Team Australia in what was the most tightly contested competition for the Team Gold Medal in the event’s history were Team France with the Silver Medal, Team New Zealand with the Bronze Medal, and Team Hawaii with the Copper.
 
The final day of competition at the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship kicked off on Sunday morning with the Team Relay Race Semifinals and Final under partly cloudy skies and an electric vibe coming from the spectators waiting to see a Team World Champion crowned.
 
The first two Semifinals determined who would advance to the Final, which featured Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Japan, England, Hawaii, USA, Brazil, and the home nation Denmark.
 
In the Final the race for Gold was over after New Zealand’s SUP racer, Annabel Anderson, fell off her board twice on the second lap, allowing Australia’s Terrene Black to push ahead by 50 meters. Australia’s following legs of the relay, Jordan Mercer and Lincoln Dews, added to the lead gained by Black to earn the Gold Medal.
 
Heading into the Relay Race final lap, the anchor for Team Denmark, Casper Steinfath, was tagged into the race with his team in sixth position. Steinfath made quick work to catch USA and Hawaii who were holding fourth and fifth place. In a display of incredible determination, Steinfath passed star Hawaiian SUP racer, Connor Baxter, to earn an inspirational Copper Medal for the country of Denmark.

The Danish team after surprisingly taking the 4th place.  Photo:  ISA / Sean Evans

The Danish team after surprisingly taking the 4th place. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Team France earned the Silver Medal and Team New Zealand the Bronze in the relay, solidifying their respective second and third positions in the overall team points ranking. 
 
The Closing Ceremony followed the end of competition to celebrate the end of a historic week of competition in Denmark and to crown the 2017 World Team Champion.
 
Dignitaries present at the ceremony included, ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, Mayor of Thisted Municipality, Lene Kjelgaard Jensen, President of Friends of Cold Hawaii, Finn Jorsal, and President Danish Surfing & Rafting Federation, Jakob Færch.
 
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
 
“We have come to the end of the World Championship, and it’s great because we have had an amazing competition, but sad because now we go back home and say goodbye to our friends and the people of Denmark. I want to thank the organizers, volunteers, and everyone who made this recording-breaking edition of the event possible.
 
“We got everything this week: wind, waves, rain, and sun. We have deep gratitude to the people of Cold Hawaii for hosting us.
 
“This is the largest ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in history. 42 countries, more 450 participants, and more than 700 team visitors gathered here in Denmark. We will all go home as ambassadors of the spirit of the Danish people.
 
“This week we experienced the highest level of competition and camaraderie. We have shared with our friends in Denmark the spirit of the ISA World Championship. ISA and SUP are one and we are going to be sure that it stays that way. The ISA is the only International Federation to organize a World Championship for SUP.  SUP is surfing and not canoeing. SUP will continue to flourish in Denmark and around the globe under ISA leadership.
 
“For those of you that didn’t take home medals, don’t ever forget you were here. You made history and represented your country, which is the highest honor.”
 
The ISA World Championship Series now heads to Japan for the 2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Hyuga from September 23 to October 1.
 
To see photos, video, results from the event, visit www.isaworlds.com.
 
To replay past days’ live webcasts, visit http://isaworlds.com/sup/2017/en/live/.
 
Results:
 
Team Relay Race
Gold – Australia
Silver – France
Bronze – New Zealand
Copper – Denmark
 
Team Ranking
1 (Gold) – Australia
2 (Silver) – France
3 (Bronze) – New Zealand
4 (Copper) – Hawaii
5 – USA
6 – Brazil
7 – Denmark
8 – Italy
9 – Japan
10 – South Africa
 
To see full team rankings, click here.
 

ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship Shifts Focus to Weekend of Technical and Relay Races to Award First Team Title in Europe

After a historic day of SUP Surfing that resulted in Australia’s Shakira Westdorp and Brazil’s Luiz Diniz claiming the Women’s and Men’s individual Gold Medals, the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will not run on Friday and will shift its focus towards a weekend of Technical and Relay Races that will determine who will be crowed Team World Champion.

Australia’s Shakira Westdorp claiming the Women’s individual Gold Medal in SUP Surfing i Vorupør, Cold Hawaii.  Photo:  ISA / Ben Reed

Australia’s Shakira Westdorp claiming the Women’s individual Gold Medal in SUP Surfing i Vorupør, Cold Hawaii. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

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In the event’s sixth year, the team that claims the coveted Club Waikiki-Peru World Team Champion Trophy will go down in history as the first to earn the honor in Europe.

Team France, the 2016 Silver Medalist, currently holds the Gold Medal position and will have a great chance to build upon their lead with all of their SUP and Paddleboard Technical racers having qualified for the Finals.

The four-time Team Gold Medalist Australia is sitting in the Silver Medal position, intent on defending their Team Title. The Australians will rely on their star paddleboarders who took Distance Race Gold in Copenhagen, Lachie Lansdown and Jordan Mercer, to repeat the feat in the Technical Race to keep their hopes of the Team Gold alive.

The SUP and Paddleboard Technical Races are set to kick off at 12:00pm CEST in the town of Vorupør located on Denmark’s northwest coast. The top SUP and Paddleboarders in the world are set to compete and go for Gold, such as Denmark’s local standout, Casper Steinfath, Hungary’s brother duo, Daniel and Bruno Hasulyo, New Zealand’s strong Women SUP racers, Annabel Anderson and Penelope Strickland, Hawaii’s Connor Baxter and Mo Freitas, and the strong French SUP contingent of Olivia Piana, Amandine Chazot, Arthur Arutkin, and Titouan Puyo. 

The top SUP in the world are set to compete and go for Gold, such as Denmark’s local standout, Casper Steinfath.  Photo:  ISA / Ben Reed. 

The top SUP in the world are set to compete and go for Gold, such as Denmark’s local standout, Casper Steinfath. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed. 

Kicking off on September 1 in Copenhagen, the 2017 edition of the ISA World SUP and Paddleboards Championship has made history as the largest SUP World Championship to date. The 286 athletes from 42 countries is more than a 100% increase in participation from the 2016 edition in Fiji and the thirteen first-time competing nations are representative of the ISA’s push to reach new markets and grow the sport of SUP globally.
 
After two days of Distance Racing and SUP Sprints in Copenhagen, the contest moved to the renowned watersport destination of Vorupør in the country’s northwest to run the SUP Surfing, Technical Races, and the Relay Race from September 5-10.
 
ISA President Fernando Aguerre, said:
 
“Our time here in Denmark has been nothing short of spectacular. Past Gold Medalists have continued their dominance and new athletes have emerged into the global spotlight, using this World Championship as a platform to show the world their talent.
 
“The 2017 edition has been special for the ISA because our years of hard work towards developing the sport of SUP is bearing fruits and taking the sport to new levels. We hope to continue riding this wave of growth all the way to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and beyond.
 
“The Team Gold Medal is still up for grabs and this weekend we will see who will emerge from the abundant field of talent and be crowned World Champions.”
 
The schedule for Saturday’s competition will be as follows:
 
Women’s Paddleboard Technical Race at 12:00pm CEST
Men’s Paddleboard Technical Race
Women’s SUP Technical Race
Men’s SUP Distance Race
 
The schedule for the remainder of the event window will be as follows:
 
Vorupør
September 9 – Technical Race Finals at 12:00pm CEST
September 10 – Relay Race & Closing Ceremony
 
To view the full event schedule, click here.
 
The event will be streaming live September 1-10 on www.isaworlds.com

SUP Surfing Hits the Water in Cold Hawaii with World Champions to be Crowned at 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

2016 Defending Gold Medalists Zane Schweitzer (HAW) and Shakira Westdorp (AUS) in top form, notching Wednesday’s top heat totals. 

Hawaii’s Zane Schweitzer showed excellent technique and wave selection, earning the top two-wave heat total of the day with 14.70. Photo: Ben Reed / ISA

Hawaii’s Zane Schweitzer showed excellent technique and wave selection, earning the top two-wave heat total of the day with 14.70. Photo: Ben Reed / ISA

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The world’s best SUP surfers took to the water and displayed their elite talent on the fourth day of competition on Denmark’s northwest coast at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.
 
Athletes battled through challenging, onshore conditions in Vorupør, setting the stage for the SUP Surfing World Champions to be crowned on Thursday.
 
Hawaii’s Zane Schweitzer, who claimed his first ISA SUP Surfing Gold Medal in an epic day at Cloudbreak, Fiji in 2016, asserted himself as one of the top contenders to go for Gold in Denmark. Schweitzer showed excellent technique and wave selection, earning the top two-wave heat total of the day with 14.70.
 
“I have no doubt that Hawaii has a chance to win the overall Gold,” said Schweitzer. “We already have a medal under our belt with Connor Baxter medaling in the Distance Race and we excel in the Technical Race and SUP Surfing, which are coming up in the next few days.
 
“Being here in Cold Hawaii has given me so much respect for the local surfers. Casper Steinfath grew up here and became a world-class athlete in these challenging conditions. I have a new-found appreciation for his dedication and all who get in the water here.”
 
Two other top SUP surfers that shined in the Men’s opening round were Brazil’s Caio Vaz and France’s Benoit Carpentier. Both surfers expertly navigated the unorganized wind swell, with Vaz earning the day’s second highest heat total (14.50) and Carpentier scoring the highest single wave (8.17).
 
The Defending Women’s SUP Surfing Champion, Shakira Westdorp, also displayed top form with the highest two-wave total with 12.83, advancing her comfortably through the opening Women’s Round to defend her title on Thursday. Izzi Gomez, the 2015 Gold Medalist and 2016 runner-up has yet to compete and will begin her campaign to reclaim the Gold when the Women’s Round 1 resumes on Thursday morning.
 
Due to the small window of contestable waves on the forecast, the competition reverted to a single elimination format to take full advantage of the peak of the swell on Thursday morning. As a result, the athletes had to put it all on the line, with 42 competitors being eliminated between the Men’s and Women’s events.
 
Nikolay Nikolov was one of the men eliminated in Round 1, however he made history as the first Bulgarian athlete to ever compete in an ISA World Championship. Nikolov was unable to advance, however his participation signifies a large step for the ISA’s global growth and development of SUP in non-traditional SUP nations.
 
ISA President Fernando Aguerre, said:
 
“The conditions were challenging today but the world’s best SUP surfers showed why they are the best, able to perform at a high level no matter what the conditions are like. Tomorrow we’ll see SUP Surfing World Champions crowned, the first ever in Europe.
 
“Vorupør has been amazing thus far. This is as remote and colorful of a town that you can find. The people, the culture, and the unity of the international athletes are creating an incredible atmosphere that can only be found at ISA World Championships.”
 
Thursday’s SUP Surfing will start on 6:30am CEST. To view the full schedule and heat lineups, click here.
 
The tentative schedule for the remainder of the event will be as follows:
 
Vorupør

September 7 – SUP Surfing
September 8 – Technical Race Finals
September 9 – Lay Day
September 10 – Relay Race & Closing Ceremony

To view the full event schedule, click here.
 
The event will be streaming live September 1-10 on www.isaworlds.com