ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship
International Surfing Association
Miraflores, Lima Peru
19 - 25 February 2012
Inaugural ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championships United Two Watersport Disciplines
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 February, 2012 : - - Miraflores, Lima, Peru - No one from the athletes to the coaches to the hosting country quite knew what to expect from the inaugural ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship. Everyone knew it would be something historic, and that the unique pairing of board-riding disciplines had the potential for success.
StandUp Paddle and Paddleboarding are both sports with ancient roots that go back thousands of years, and to be able to bring them together for the first-ever sanctioned world championship is a special opportunity for the ISA, said ISA President Fernando Aguerre before the event began.
As the teams arrived in Lima, Peru, the enthusiasm was obvious and contagious. If there was any skepticism of participating in a first-ever event, it quickly subsided.
I think its important to support the ISA and what theyre beginning here in Peru, not just for ourselves but for our kids and for future generations, said Jamie Mitchell (AUS), the 10-time Molokai-2-Oahu champion and Team Australia Captain, at the event press conference the day before action began. By the time theyre in the Olympics, Ill probably be too old, maybe not, but people will be able to look back at guys like me or women like Brandi (Baksic, USA) as among the ones who helped get it there.
Many of the athletes, like Mitchell, came with sterling credentials and as well-known names in their respective sports. They came to be a part of something they believe can and will grow. And they also came to feel like part of a team, a new dynamic for most of them since their sports are determined by the work of the individual.
It gives you a reason to try for more than yourself; its an honor to represent my country in any respect and to do it with some of the athletes that we brought, its really good to feel like a group again because its something that you dont normally have in these individual sports, said USAs Shane Scoggins, who leaves Peru with Silver, Bronze and Copper Medals. The relay was far and away the highlight, because its a little bit like a surf race but they use the StandUp, so that was really special.
I couldnt believe [the event] involved pro paddling, because StandUp is blowing up, Scoggins continued, but its nice that the Peruvians understand the lineage of Paddleboarding and the connection that it has to both surf culture and life saving culture, and its important to carry on that tradition.
Antoine Delpero © ISA/Michael Tweddle
After the traditional Parade of Nations, which took place around Parque Kennedy in downtown Miraflores, the event transitioned to what 105 athletes from 17 countries traveled thousands of miles to participate in.
We landed here in Peru, and Ive got to say I was pleasantly surprised, said Australian Justin Holland, who won the Silver Medal in the Mens SUP Surfing division. Its a great little place here in Lima. When we arrived we drove past the contest set-up and were like Wow, this is going to be good. Obviously, the wave was super rippable and everyones been surfing great all week. Weve had some big days on the beach with the Aussie team, hanging around for support.
Team Australia proved that when it comes to watersports, theyre a step above most of the competition. The paddleboarding duo of Brad Gaul and Jordan Mercer each won three Gold Medals, along with the team gold medal and the perpetual Club Waikiki Trophy, which will be awarded to the overall team champion every year. Mitchell and Grant were part of one of the most exciting race finiehs of the week, engaging in a head-to-head sprint to the finish line at the end of the Mens SUP Technical Race, which Mitchell appeared to have one, except that he had left the paddle with his board at the waters edge.
I think Im going to hear about that for the rest of my life, for throwing the paddle, but like I said, my head hasnt been in the right space for a while now, Mitchell explained. This could be the turning point for me.
Grant won the Gold in that event, but had to settle for Silver in the SUP Marathon, as Mitchell cruised to the win. Mercer and Gaul also won Gold in their respective divisions, while Joel Mason won Silver behind Gaul.
We came here with a strong team, we came here to dominate as much as we can; we couldnt be happier [with the results], Grant said. Its a great event the ISA has put on. Hopefully next year there are more and more countries that get on board because it is the world championships.
For every powerhouse team like Australia, USA and South Africa, there were the teams who arrived in the world championships to represent themselves well, but also to be able to say they were there for the beginning of something big.
Jordan Mercer © ISA/Marotta
The event was just amazing, such a positive vibe amongst all the competitors, everybody that we met from local organizers to everyone at our hotel or the drivers, said Irelands Finn Mullen, who competed in Mens SUP Surfing. They were all so stoked to have the contest and see us all here, and there was like this amazingly friendly vibe in the water, because really they were being super gracious to us, giving us the break for the entire week, and they couldnt be more accommodating and I couldnt me more happy that I was able to be a part of it.
The belief is that the event is only going to grow, as word spreads from country to country about the experiences had and the memories made.
Im sure that some people are wondering Why didnt we go? Dont worry, dont feel bad, well be here or some other place next year, because this event if going to happen every year, with the support of the SUPers and the paddlers around the world, President Aguerre said at the Closing Ceremony. We are here to stay and to share the Olympic and the Aloha spirit. The ISA has a dream: to promote and take our wave-riding sports around the world and every day we work for it. Thank you for your help and we will see you next year. Gracias.
Check the Full Coverage
# 1 : ISA World SUP Champs to include racing & surfing
# 2 : Teams arrive in Peru for ISA World SUP & Paddle event
# 3 : Opening Parade in Peru at ISA World SUP Champs
# 4 : Dignitories/teams anxious for SUP Worlds to begin
# 5 : World Champs McPhillips & Delpero win Day 1 heats
# 6 : Jordan Mercer wins first ISA SUP Worlds Gold Medal
# 7 : Team Australia dominates Day 3 at iSA worlds in Peru
# 8 : USA and Australia win gold today at ISA SUP Worlds
# 9 : Australia takes Team Gold at ISA SUP Worlds in Peru
The ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship is made possible with the support of the following event partners: IPD, ADO, Club Waikiki. Repsol, Movistar, Casa Andina, Sticky Bumps, NSP, Terra, Municipalidad de Lima, Municipalidad de Miraflores, FENTA, Marina de Guerra del Peru, JAO, and Securitas. The media partners are Terra, StandUp Latino and Surfos.
Author: Pablo Zanocchi
Tags: ISA, Stand Up Paddle Champs, SUP, Paddleboard Champs, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
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