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Who will govern SUP? Court of Arbitration for Sport to decide

The Women’s Technical Race takes off at the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans
2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Champs © ISA/Evans



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The International Surfing Association and the International Canoe Federation Request Mediation by the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the Governance of StandUp Paddle

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 June, 2017 - The International Surfing Association and the International Canoe Federation have requested the Court of Arbitration for Sport to mediate new discussions over the governance of StandUp Paddle.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said: “We are pleased that the issue regarding the governance of SUP, a discipline that is very important for ISA, is now before CAS. As a committed member of the Olympic Family, we believe CAS is the appropriate forum to have this case heard fairly. The ISA welcomes the opportunity to put forward our position as the historical rightful custodian of SUP that can continue to best ensure the development of the sport and work in the interest of all SUP athletes worldwide."

“Under the guidance of the ISA for many years, both SUP Surfing and Racing disciplines have grown in popularity and professionalism – becoming one of the fastest growing water sports in the world.”

Triple SUP Racing World Champion (2013, 2014 & 2016), ISA Vice President and Chairman of the ISA Athletes’ Commission, Casper Steinfath, added “The ISA has been able to offer so much to SUP and our athletes – creating an international competitive platform, empowering national surfing federations to develop the sport worldwide and giving a voice to our discipline that can be heard by more people globally.

“The ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship is a cornerstone in the Federation’s World Championship Series, and the first to feature complete gender equality. At the same time, the ISA’s global SUP coaching programmes have brought the sport to new surfing nations around the world such as Iran, The Gambia and Singapore.

“As an active professional SUP racing athlete, I look forward to this issue being addressed fairly and quickly.”

Evan Quarnstrom

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