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Mo Freitas Claims Spectacular Come-from-behind Victory for His First-ever ISA Gold Medal

Lachie Lansdown (AUS), Jordan Mercer (AUS), Annabel Anderson (NZL) all win their second Gold Medals in Denmark. 

Jordan Mercer, the most decorated ISA athlete of all-time, kicked off the series of four Technical Races Finals with another dominating Paddleboard performance, earning her tenth individual ISA Gold Medal.  Photo:  ISA / Sean Evans

Jordan Mercer, the most decorated ISA athlete of all-time, kicked off the series of four Technical Races Finals with another dominating Paddleboard performance, earning her tenth individual ISA Gold Medal. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

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Hawaii’s Mo Freitas earned his first-ever ISA Gold Medal to become World Champion in the SUP Technical Race at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Vorupør, Denmark.

Hawaii’s Mo Freitas earned his first-ever ISA Gold Medal to become World Champion in the SUP Technical Race.  Photo:  ISA / Georgia Schofield

Hawaii’s Mo Freitas earned his first-ever ISA Gold Medal to become World Champion in the SUP Technical Race. Photo: ISA / Georgia Schofield

Freitas got off to a rough start in the race after falling rounding a buoy on the second lap, moving him out of the lead pack. With what seemed like an insurmountable gap between Freitas and the leaders, Freitas quickly caught back up to salvage his chance of winning Gold.

Freitas trailed his teammate Connor Baxter and Denmark’s Casper Steinfath on the final straight away to the beach and in a show of inspiring strength and endurance, he surpassed Steinfath to simultaneously cross the finish line with Baxter.

Casper Steinfath after winning a bronze medal in the Men's SUP Technical Race in Cold Hawaii.  Photo:  ISA / Ben Reed 

Casper Steinfath after winning a bronze medal in the Men's SUP Technical Race in Cold Hawaii. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed 

The finish was too close to call, and after moments of replay review it was determined that Freitas had beaten Baxter by two tenths of a second, with Baxter taking the Silver and Steinfath taking the Bronze.

The finish was too close to call, and after moments of replay review it was determined that Mo Freitas had beaten Connor Baxter.  Photo:  ISA / Ben Reed

The finish was too close to call, and after moments of replay review it was determined that Mo Freitas had beaten Connor Baxter. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

“The emotion is just flowing right now,” said Freitas. “So many times I’ve finished in second or third and I’ve finally won.

“Connor Baxter is such a great paddler and today I am just overwhelmed with joy.

“I fell on a buoy turn, but it put me in a place to catch a bump that allowed me to catch back up to the leaders. There was still one more lap to go and I had a game plan the entire time. I wanted to stick in the back and it worked.”

Australia swept the Paddleboard Technical Races with Jordan Mercer and Lachie Lansdown repeating their Distance Race Gold Medal feats accomplished in Copenhagen earning Technical Race Gold in Vorupør on Denmark’s northwest coast.

Jordan Mercer, the most decorated ISA athlete of all-time, kicked off the series of four Technical Races Finals with another dominating Paddleboard performance, earning her tenth individual ISA Gold Medal.

“To be out there healthy and feeling fit is incredible,” said Mercer. “To be back racing and able to go as fast as I want to go is something that I really missed this past year with injuries
.
“Today I had the opportunity to defend my title, but more importantly to inspire my teammates. “We are just over the halfway mark really and this is when the points start to count.”

Lachie Lansdown followed Mercer’s Gold Medal with another Paddleboard Gold for Australia in the Men’s Division. Lansdown and New Zealand’s Sam Shergold seemed to be in another nail-biter, similar to their photo finish in the Paddleboard Distance Race in Copenhagen, however Lansdown was able to push ahead and build a lead, comfortably finishing with the Gold Medal.

“This is huge,” said Lansdown. “The Technical Race is the one Gold that I haven’t got yet. I finished second twice, so I am glad that I finally got the Gold.
“This is great for Team Australia as this will help out with the team points. I know that we are close to the lead now.”


The Women’s SUP Technical Race was once again won by another Gold Medalist from the Copenhagen leg of the event. New Zealand’s Annabel Anderson, the Women’s SUP Distance Race Gold Medalist, continued her dominance in Women’s SUP and handily won the Technical Race, earning another Gold Medal for Team New Zealand.

“Thank you Team New Zealand and all those that made it possible for me to be here,” said Anderson. “I have the flag and won two Golds, but we are going to give it our all in the relay tomorrow and see if we can get that top spot to win Team Gold. That would cap off the ultimate week in Cold Hawaii.”

With just the Team Relay Race to decide the Team World Champion on Sunday, Team Australia surged into the lead ahead of Team France and Team New Zealand. Australia has their fate in their own hands, as a Gold in the Team Relay Race on Sunday would lead to their fifth Team Gold Medal in the event’s sixth year.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre, said:

“Today’s SUP Technical Races were nothing short of spectacular.  The finish that we witnessed in the Men’s SUP Technical Race may go down in history as the greatest SUP race of all time.

“The world’s best SUP and Paddleboard racers pushed the limits of the sport to new levels today. This ISA World Championship allows the best SUP athletes to show the world their talents. The ISA continues to be the only international federation running SUP World Championships.

“The race in the team point standings is as close as ever and the Team title is going to come down to tomorrow’s Team Relay. This will mark a historic moment for the sport as the first Gold Medalist in the event’s history will be crowned in Europe."

The schedule for Saturday’s competition will be as follows:

Team Relay Race Semifinals at 10am CEST
Team Relay Race Final at 11:30am CEST

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

Vorupør
September 10 – Relay Race & Closing Ceremony

To view the week’s full event schedule, click here.

The event will be streaming live September 1-10 on www.isaworlds.com.

Results:

Women’s Paddleboard Technical Race
Gold – Jordan Mercer (AUS)
Silver – Jasmine Smith (NZL)
Bronze – Katrine Zinck (DEN)
Copper – Flora Manciet (FRA)

Men’s Paddleboard Technical
Gold – Lachie Lansdown (AUS)
Silver – Sam Shergold (NZL)
Bronze – Julien Lalanne (FRA)
Copper – Bart Schade (USA)

Women’s SUP Technical Race
Gold – Annabel Anderson (NZL)
Silver – Olivia Piana (FRA)
Bronze – Terrene Black (AUS)
Copper – Fiona Wylde (USA)

Men’s SUP Technical Race
Gold – Mo Freitas (HAW)
Silver – Connor Baxter (HAW)
Bronze – Casper Steinfath (DEN)
Copper – Bruno Hasulyo (HUN)
 

Technical Races Off to Blazing Start in Cold Hawaii, Set Stage for Star-Studded Finals at 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

Casper Steinfath (DEN), Jordan Mercer (AUS), Lachie Lansdown (AUS), Annabel Anderson (NZL) among many top athletes to contest Technical Race Gold. 

Casper Steinfath (DEN) is among many top athletes to contest Technical Race Gold. Photo: Ben Reed / ISA

Casper Steinfath (DEN) is among many top athletes to contest Technical Race Gold. Photo: Ben Reed / ISA

To see full event results, click here.
 
Technical Races got off to a blazing start on Tuesday in Cold Hawaii in the North of Denmark, setting the stage for four highly anticipated, star-studded Finals in the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.
 
The world’s top SUP and Paddleboard racers shined in the town of Vorupør, competing for a place in the Finals to tentatively take place on Saturday afternoon. The local sensation, Casper Steinfath (DEN), put on an outstanding performance to earn his pass to the Final, looking to win his second Gold Medal for the host nation after earning the SUP Sprint Gold Medal in front of thousands in Copenhagen on Sunday.
 
“I am finally competing in front of my local crowd at home. It’s incredible,” said Steinfath.
 
“My dream came true on Sunday when I won the SUP Sprint. Now I have less pressure on me, but I still want to defend my title and win that Technical Race Gold.”
 
The Finals are stacked with the world’s top SUP and Paddleboard talent, such as Australia’s stellar Paddleboard duo, Jordan Mercer and Lachie Lansdown, New Zealand’s Annabel Anderson, Hawaii’s Connor Baxter, the Hungarian brothers Daniel and Bruno Hasulyo, and France’s Olivia Piana. Piana will attempt to earn her first Gold Medal in the SUP Technical Race discipline after having earned the Silver Medal on two occasions (2013, 2016).
 
Jordan Mercer, who recently overcame a family tragedy and a broken board to go on to win the Gold Medal at the Women’s Paddleboard Technical Race in Copenhagen, expressed her joy to win her Semifinal heat and be competing in a location as stunning as Cold Hawaii.
 
“My board feels great. I am happy to be on my own craft after discovering that it was broken and I might not be able to use it. It’s what I’ve trained on and am used to.
 
“It’s been really special here in Denmark. This is my first time really getting to explore Europe and the cold of Vorupør is a welcome change compared to my hometown on the Sunshine coast of Australia. The contrast between Copenhagen and Vorupør is special to see. This little town is magical.”
 
In the second Men’s SUP Technical Race Semifinal, Christian Andersen, the 16-year-old Danish prodigy, showed amazing poise and after falling back into eighth place, surpassed three competitors to finish in fifth, the final advancing position. The local crowd exploded in cheers as Andersen crossed the finish line.
 
Andersen will now advance to the Final with the goal of becoming the youngest competitor to ever finish in a podium position in the six-year history of the event.
 
New Zealand, currently situated in the Team Gold Medal position, will remain in the top spot after Tuesday’s competition, not losing any competitors.
 
An inspiring moment from Tuesday’s racing occurred in the Men’s Paddleboard Semifinal. Argentina’s Sebastian Bressen finished last in the race, but was brought to tears of pride and joy when he met his team upon crossing the finish line.
 
“Being here and representing Argentina is the greatest prize, the rest is all just the outcome of being here,” said Bressen. “Winning and losing is what happens, but the joy comes from knowing my team is there waiting for me on the beach.
 
“All the emotion and smiles are because Team Argentina were missing a prone racer
and a month ago they asked me to compete. Usually I am just a coach, so I only was able to train for a month, but I decided to do it.
 
“I am proud because I came here and competed. I finished last, but I completed the race. I got the most points possible that I could for Argentina, if I hadn’t competed and we would have gotten zero points. I did it for the team and my country.”
 
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
 
“Cold Hawaii provided the perfect platform for the world’s best SUP and Paddleboarders in today’s Technical Racing. The locals and the international delegations were heard all day supporting their athletes in the Semifinal races.
 
“We have the world’s best SUP and Paddleboarders lined up to go for Gold in what is set to be epic Technical Race Finals to take place this weekend. I am looking forward to witnessing history in action as the event progresses in Cold Hawaii and eventually crowns the first-ever Team World Champion of the event in Europe.”
 
The schedule for Wednesday’s competition will be the following, set to start at 10:30am CEST:
 
10:30am – 12 heat Round 1 SUP Surfing Women
1:30pm – 16 heats Round 1 SUP Surfing Men
 
To see the heat lineups for the SUP Surfing, click here.
 
The full schedule for the remainder of the event will be as follows:
 
Vorupør

September 6 – SUP Surfing
September 7-10 – SUP Surfing, Technical Races Finals, 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.

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.  

World’s Top SUP and Paddleboard Athletes Converge in Denmark for 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

2017 set to go down in history as the biggest edition of the event to date. 

The 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, taking place in Denmark from September 1-10, is set to gather the world’s top SUP surfers, SUP racers, and paddleboarders for a historic edition of the event, the first to ever take place in Europe.
 
The 2017 edition of the World Championship is on pace to be the biggest in the event’s six-year history, as more than 250 athletes from up to 40 nations across all five continents will take to the water in search of Gold Medals. 
 
Numerous past ISA Gold Medalists have enlisted to compete in the World Championship, including Denmark’s Casper Steinfath (SUP Technical & Sprint Races), Hawaii’s Connor Baxter (SUP Technical, Distance, & Sprint Races), Hawaii’s Zane Schweitzer (SUP Surfing), USA’s Candice Appleby (SUP Technical & Distance Races), and Australia’s Jordan Mercer (Paddleboard). Mercer, the most decorated ISA athlete of all time with eight individual Gold Medals, will make a return to the event after missing the 2016 edition in Fiji due to injury.

Connor Baxter, the top ranked SUP racer in the world (according to  supracer.com ), will be competing in all three SUP racing disciplines in Denmark. Photo: ISA / Brian Bielmann

Connor Baxter, the top ranked SUP racer in the world (according to supracer.com), will be competing in all three SUP racing disciplines in Denmark. Photo: ISA / Brian Bielmann

Mercer will form part of a formidable Australian squad looking to win their fifth Team Gold Medal in the event’s sixth edition and defend their World Champion Title earned in 2016. Returning Gold Medalists joining Mercer on Team Australia will be Michael Booth (SUP Distance Race), Shakira Westdorp (SUP Surfing), and Lachie Lansdown (Paddleboard).
 
Team France put on a strong showing in 2016 and made their first podium finish in the history of the event, earning the Silver Medal. The French will head to Denmark packing a punch again in 2017, led by a strong SUP racing contingent of Titouan Puyo, Arthur Arutkin, and Olivia Piana who have their eye on dethroning Australia for France’s first team Gold Medal. 

Olivia Piana’s Silver Medals in both the Technical and Distance SUP races in 2016 helped boost Team France to a Silver Medal podium position. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

Olivia Piana’s Silver Medals in both the Technical and Distance SUP races in 2016 helped boost Team France to a Silver Medal podium position. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

Causing great excitement and expectation among the Danish spectators will be the local standout SUP racer, Casper Steinfath. The ISA Vice President and four-time Gold Medalist (3x Technical Race, 1x Sprint Race) at just 23 years of age has asserted himself as one of the top SUP racers in the world and will attempt to earn medals for the host nation.
 
Additionally, New Zealand’s Penelope Armstrong, who courageously competed and won the Women’s Technical Race Gold Medal in 2016 after overcoming Ovarian Cancer, will return to defend her title in Denmark.
 
To see the full rosters of teams that have registered thus far, click here.
 
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
 
“2017 is shaping up to be a historic edition of the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, as the world’s top athletes will compete in record numbers in Denmark.
 
“The participation of the elite athletes of SUP racing, SUP surfing, and Paddleboard speaks to the international prestige that this event holds and the ISA’s commitment and leadership in developing the sport.
 
“The beautiful canals of Copenhagen and pristine beaches of Cold Hawaii will provide an amazing backdrop for this record-breaking event.”
 
The 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will take place in two scenic locations across the Scandinavian nation. The event will kick off on September 1-3 with the Distance and Sprint Races in the picturesque canals of Copenhagen, then on September 4 it will head to the rugged northwest coast to Vorupør, known as Cold Hawaii, for the Technical Races, SUP Surfing, and Relay Races. The event will culminate with the Closing Ceremony in Vorupør on September 10.
 
2017 will be the sixth edition of the event after previous editions were held in Peru (2012, 2013), Nicaragua (2014), Mexico (2015), and Fiji (2016).
 
To see the full event schedule, click here.
 
The event will be streaming live September 1-10 on www.isaworlds.com.

10 Things You Need to Know about the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

The 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship is set to take place from September 1-10 in Denmark, marking a historic gathering of the world's best SUP racers, SUP surfers, and Paddleboarders in an edition of the event that is set to break participation records. Find all the things you need to know about COPENCOLD HAWAII - here

SUP racers take off from the start line at the Technical Race of the 2016 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Fiji. In 2017, the Technical Races will take place on Denmark's northwest coast in Vorupør. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

SUP racers take off from the start line at the Technical Race of the 2016 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Fiji. In 2017, the Technical Races will take place on Denmark's northwest coast in Vorupør. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

Here are the ten things you need to know about the upcoming competition:
 
1. The Records
 
The 2017 edition of the event will greatly surpass the current records for country and athlete participation. Over 250 athletes from as many as 40 countries are expected to compete in Denmark, dwarfing the records of 126 athletes set at the 2016 edition in Fiji and 27 countries which was matched by the 2014 and 2015 editions in Nicaragua and Mexico, respectively.
 
2. The Locations
 
The event will take place at two locations across Denmark that contrast the different types of beauty that the country has to offer. The competition will kick off in the metropolitan, coastal port of Copenhagen, and then head to the quaint fishing village of Vorupør, located on Denmark's northwest coast, also known as Cold Hawaii.
 
The picturesque canals of Copenhagen will host the Distance and Sprint Races, while Vorupør will host the SUP Surfing, Technical Races, and Team Relay Race. To see the Copenhagen race courses, click here. To see the courses in Vorupør, click here
 
3. Watch the Event Live Online
 
The World Championship will be streamed live on the ISA website from September 1-10. Visit the official event website for results, photos, videos and news pertaining to the competition. Fans will also be able to watch the live webcast on the ISA's Facebook page.
 
4. ISA's Global Leadership of SUP
 
The ISA has been the organizer of the sole World Championship for SUP and Paddleboard since 2012. The event was first held in Peru (2012, 2013), with following editions held in Nicaragua (2014), Mexico (2015), and Fiji (2016).
 
Through development programs, scholarships for young SUP athletes, and promoting Championships at the national level, SUP has experienced explosive growth under the ISA's guidance, which can be observed in the participation levels seen in the World Championship that have nearly quadrupled since its inception.
 
The ISA presented both Surfing and SUP to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee for inclusion in the Olympic Sports Program. Tokyo 2020 only elected Surfing to be included in the Games and not SUP, however achievements such as inclusion in the 2019 Pan American Games, 2019 World Beach Games, and 2017 Central American Games have added momentum to the ISA's push for inclusion in the 2024 Olympics.
 
5. Gender Equality
 
The 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will feature gender equality across all divisions, reflective of the rapid growth of women's SUP racing and surfing.
 
Each team will be able to field up to 18 athletes in the following divisions:
 
SUP Surfing: Men (2), Women (2)
SUP Distance Race: Men (2), Women (2)
Paddleboard Distance Race: Men (1), Women (1)
SUP Sprint Race: Men (1), Women (1)
SUP Technical Race: Men (2), Women (2)
Paddleboard Technical Race: Men (1), Women (1)
 
6. The Hometown Hero
 
ISA Vice President and 3x Technical Race Gold Medalist, Casper Steinfath, will represent Team Denmark in the Men's SUP Technical and Sprint Races, looking to earn a Gold Medal for the local crowd.
 
Steinfath grew up in the Cold Hawaii region of Denmark, just a few kilometers from the event venue of Vorupør, and will be able to apply his local knowledge of the North Sea to give himself a leg up on the competition.
 
7.  Social Media

The ISA will be posting live updates, photos, and videos from the competition on social media. Follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat and don't forget use the official hashtags #ISAworlds and #Denmark. Follow the event on: 

International Surfing Association Facebook page (@ISAsurfing), Instagram (@ISAsurfing), Twitter (@ISAsurfing), Youtube (ISAsurfing) and Snapchat: ISA_Surfing. 
 
8. The SUP Crossing
 
Put on in conjunction by the ISA's National Federation in Denmark, the Danish Surfing and Rafting Federation, and Copencold Hawaii, the SUP Crossing is a festivity to celebrate and promote the participation of SUP in Copenhagen. The festivity's events include a film festival, music, and the main event, four different SUP courses with varying difficulty for all levels of SUP racers.  
 
The event will take place on Friday, September 1 in Copenhagen Harbor starting at 8am, before the official Opening Ceremony of the World Championship to take place later in the afternoon.
 
For more information on the SUP Crossing, click here.
 
9. The Schedule and Disciplines

Copenhagen

September 1 - Official Press Briefing, in front of the Copenhagen Opera House
September 1 - Opening Ceremony 15:00
September 2 - SUP and Paddleboard Distance Races, 9:00-16:30
September 3 - SUP Sprint Races 9:00-12:30
September 3 - Award Ceremony 13:00-14:00

Vorupør, Cold Hawaii

September 4 - Lay day, Cold Hawaii Welcome Ceremony
September 5-10 - SUP Surfing, SUP and Paddleboard Technical Races, and Team Relay Race
Schedule to be determined according to conditions.
September 10 - Closing Ceremony after the end of competition

10. The Mission

Recognized by the IOC as the world governing body for Surfing and SUP, the ISA's mission is to create a better world through development of these sports. This is accomplished through annual World Championships for surfers representing their countries, membership development, educational programs, scholarship distribution, preparing for Surfing's participation in the Olympic Games, and promotion of the inclusion of SUP in future editions of the Games.

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.”

Vorupør to Co-host COPENCOLD HAWAII

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has confirmed today that Vorupør and Copenhagen will co-host the 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship in Denmark on 1-10 September 2017 in an innovative format that will see the SUP Surfing and Technical Race events in Vorupør and the Distance Racing events right in the heart of Copenhagen.  

Located on Denmark’s Northwest coast, Vorupør will host the world’s best SUP surfers at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

Located on Denmark’s Northwest coast, Vorupør will host the world’s best SUP surfers at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

Vorupør, situated in the northwest coast of the country in an area known as “Cold Hawaii”, was confirmed as the SUP Surfing and Technical Race location thanks to its excellent wave conditions, its transport infrastructure and its accommodation capacity. The SUP Racing events will be held on the iconic canals of the Danish Capital right in front the Copenhagen Opera House. 

The confirmation of the locations and dates follows the ISA announcement during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games of Denmark as the first European host of the ISA SUP Worlds event. 

Denmark has 7500km 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. 

SUP is a core discipline of the ISA and recreationally it is one of the world’s fastest growing watersports. SUP was part of the ISA’s submission for Olympic inclusion at Tokyo 2020 and ensuring the popular discipline becomes part of the Olympic Programme in future remains a key part of the ISA’s strategy.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said

”The global development and promotion of SUP is a big priority for the ISA and we are excited to continue to build this event and discipline with the help of our Danish partners. Vorupør and Copenhagen are fantatic locations for 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship and we are confident that the excellent conditions will provide the world’s best SUP Surfers and Racers the perfect stage to showcase their amazing skills. 

”The ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship continues to grow year on year and this is testament to the ISA’s efforts to nurture and develop this important discipline. We are thrilled to be heading to Denmark and Europe for the first time after hosting such a fantastic 2016 edition in Fiji in November this year. 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 World Champion, ISA Vice President and Chairman of the ISA Athletes’ Commission, Casper Steinfath, who is from the Cold Hawaii region of Denmark, said: 

“Vorupør is a very special place on the Cold Hawaii coastline that will provide thrilling SUP Surfing and Technical Racing action on the waves and a very warm welcome from the locals. And of course, Copenhagen will provide epic conditions for the SUP Distance Racers. SUP Surfing and Racing continue to grow in Denmark and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to host an ISA World Championship which will bring renewed attention to our sport. I’m sure this will be a super fun event.  I can’t wait to represent my country and to welcome the best SUP athetes in the world to my home.”