|Opening Parade © ISA/Marotta
ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship
International Surfing Association
Miraflores, Lima Peru
19 - 25 February 2012
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Competitors From the 17 Participating Countries Take to the Streets for the Opening Ceremony | espanol
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 February, 2012 : - - As the 17 nations paraded through the streets of Miraflores, a coastal city in Lima, with flags waving, wearing their national colors and singing the songs of their country, the excitement of the first-ever ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship struck nearly every sense of the body.
Locals and tourists lined the streets around Parque Kennedy and cheered the teams as they came by, saving their most intense applause for Team Peru. “Peru! Peru! Peru!” they cheered as the team passed, with the national flag being waved by Oswaldo Velez, one of the team officials.
“I’ve been coming to Peru for many, many years, and the passion of the people in this country is why the ISA keeps coming back to host events here,” said Fernando Aguerre, the president of the ISA. “This is the first official gathering of the best StandUp Paddle and Paddleboarders in one place, and we should have an amazing week.”
Following the Parade of Nations, which was led around the park by Aguerre, Peruvian surf legend Hector Velarde, event organizer and Executive Director of FENTA, the Peruvian Surfing Federation, Karin Sierralta, the president of Club Waikiki, Jose Antonio Osterling and Alan Atkins, vice president of the ISA and event technical director, the teams and spectators congregated outside the Miraflores Mayor’s Office for the remainder of the ceremony.
Dignitaries after a historic Opening Ceremony. Left to right: Club Waikiki President José Osterling, Organizer Karin
Sierralta, Peruvian Olympic Committee President José Quiñones, Miraflores Deputy Mayor Carlos Alarco Proaño,
ISA President Fernando Aguerre, Paddleboard legend Hector Velarde and Peruvian Team Manager
Oswaldo Velez. © ISA Marotta
Each team sent a flag bearer and a representative onto the stage for the traditional Sands of the World Ceremony, where sands from home beaches are poured into a glass container, representing the peaceful gathering of nations through the love of surfing. One highlight in particular was Robert Etienne, who poured the “sand” for Team Switzerland – which was all rocks – and then took a moment to grace the crowd with his yodeling ability.
Aguerre shared words with the crowd explaining why he wanted to include an SUP and paddleboard event in the mission of the ISA – citing the ancient surfing roots of both sports – and he repeated his recurring dream for the sport of surfing: to have surfing, SUP and paddleboarding in the Olympic Games.
Several dignitaries spoke after Aguerre including, Jose Quinones, the president of the Peruvian Olympic committee; Guillermo Gonzalez, the president of FENTA; and Carlos Alarco Proaño, the deputy mayor of Miraflores.
Quinones echoed Aguerre’s hopes to have surfing included in the Olympics, pointing to the presence of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Miraflores in April 2013 as an opportunity for Peruvians and surfers to prove that the sport belongs amongst the world’s greatest gathering of athletes. One step toward that ultimate goal will begin with the Bolivarian Games, which is a multi-sport regional event held in honor of Simon Bolivar, a famous Venezuelan politician, and involves six countries, including Peru.
“I had a brief conversation with ISA President Aguerre and have told him that we intend to have surfing, SUP and paddleboarding in the next and every edition of the Bolivarian Games,” Quinones announced.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre with the ´Dance of the Scissors´ performers © ISA/Michael Tweddle
The speeches were followed by two traditional dances, the Marinera and the “Dance of the Scissors.” The performing artists received loud applause from the athletes and 1500 locals surrounding the Opening Ceremony stage.
Immediately after, Aguerre again approached the microphone. “Everyone, this is my favorite part,” he began. “I now officially declare the event open!”
The event press conference will be held on Monday, February 20 at 12:30pm local time (9:30am PST), and will be held in the conference room at Miraflores’ City Hall. Competition begins on Tuesday mornings at 8:00am local time (5:00am PST) with SUP surfing.
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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.
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Author: Pablo Zanocchi
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