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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.

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.

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.”