ISA World StandUp Paddle & Paddleboard Champs
International Surfing Association
La Boquita Beach, Nicaragua
30 April - 11 May, 2014
Paddleboard Technical Race & Relay Name Finalists
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 May, 2014 - The racing portion of the 2014 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship has officially kicked off on Thursday in the historical and colonial city of Granada, on the picturesque Lake Nicaragua.
The SUP and Paddleboard Technical Races, plus the ISA Relay Race semifinals took place during Day 5 of the ISA WSUPPC. The world’s best raced for a spot in the Grand Finals that will take place on Sunday.
Sunny skies, hot weather and Lake Nicaragua’s typically strong winds greeted the athletes from the start of today’s competition.
“We are here at beautiful Lake Nicaragua,” remarked an excited ISA President, Fernando Aguerre. “This lake has a remarkable and meaningful history. In addition to their beauty, the 365 islands on the lake are home to some of Nicaragua’s team members. For generations, the only means of travelling around these islands was by paddling canoes. We feel very special as guests in their home, having the first ever Nicaraguan SUP Team competing in this ISA World Championship.”
Australia’s Rhys Burrows © ISA/Rommel Gonzales
The first race in the water was the Technical Paddleboard Race of Men and Women. The best runner in the men's division was the australino Rhys Burrows, who competed in the series 2. Burrows ended his career in 26:31 and a space was secured in the Final on Sunday.
In the series # 2 of Technical Women Paddleboard Race, U.S. Carter Graves, Champion Catalina Classic Race, led the group. The American finished in 29:06 to defeat their rivals. In the first series, the Gold Medalist 2012 and 2013 Jordan Mercer won its series with 31:11. At the end of more than two minutes behind Craves, Mercer has worked his way to the finals.
Then it was the turn of Technical Brokers SUP, who also got a great show for the hundreds of locals who today visited the Lake Nicaragua. The path 6 miles long, with 8 buoys and butterfly was an exciting scene.
In Technical SUP Race of Men, Casper Steinfath Danish defender ISA World Champion, had the best time of the day, ending at 25:00. Steinfath was in fourth place just 300 meters from the end of the race, but the experienced champion stepped on the gas and overtook Fernando Stalla (25:03) of Mexico, Vinicius Martins (25:08) of Brazil, and Chuck Glynn ( 25:12) in the United States.
Women’s Paddleboard Technical Race © ISA/Tweddle
The fastest runner in Technical SUP Race Women Augaitis Lina was the Canadian Champion, 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam All Stars. Augaitis finished in 28:48, which defeated the ISA Gold Medalist WSUPPC 2013, Shakira Westdorp (27:01) of Australia.
The day closed with the thrilling Race Team Relay on ISA, in which the United States imposed pace with the fastest time 18:07, nearly a minute ahead of the second runner-Series # 2. In Australia Series # 1 commanded the lead and finished first with 18:24.
Competition to reboot the Friday Morning Show with host Beau Hodge and Jamie Mitchell at 8:40 am, followed by the Long Distance Race Women at 9:00 am. The long distance race run by the stunning Islets of Granada and will have 18 kilometers.