Team USA, and participants from around the globe, will be heading to Mexico for a HUGE Paddle Board competition. According to TikiBeachShop.Com Radio The First Ever ISA World Championship To Be Held In Mexico! For all of the stick and ball fans in the sports world the ISA has harnessed a growing sport to add along side international surfing! The Tiki Beach Shop.com Radio Sports section noted that the the ISA selected Mexico for the championship and it will be the first time the country has played host for the international competition.
The ISA WSUPPC has witnessed explosive growth since the inaugural event in 2012. It has nearly tripled in athlete participation from 105 to 277 and grown from 17 to 27 countries in its first three editions in all divisions.
Mexico offers a rich coastline with many incredible destinations for StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, and Sayulita is a perfect location to host the ISA WSUPPC. Sayulita is considered the epicenter of Mexico’s SUP community.
“We are delighted that Mexico will host the 2015 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in Sayulita, which is the first ISA World Championship ever in Mexico,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “Sayulita will be an ideal venue for the best SUP Surfers, SUP Racers, and Paddleboarders in the world to gather and compete for Gold. We are grateful for the dedication and hard work of the President of the Mexican Surfing Federation, Luis Skeen and his Director of SUP, Alfredo Salafranca, for making this event possible. We look forward to a long term relationship between Mexico and the ISA.”
Team Mexico has participated in the first three editions of the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, and in the 2013 edition in Peru, the Mexican Team earned the overall Team Bronze Medal. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle
“We are very excited to bring for the first time an ISA World Championship to Mexico, this is a historic moment for the country,” said Luis Skeen, President of the Mexican Surfing Federation. “In 2015, we will host the world’s best SUP Surfers, SUP Racers, and Paddleboarders in Sayulita, an incredible destination that has the most respected SUP community in the country. We will welcome all the teams from around the world with the traditional Mexican warmth and open arms. Thank you to the ISA and its President Fernando Aguerre for giving Mexico the opportunity to host the 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, which we hope will be the first of many ISA competitions in the country.”
More than 300 of the world’s greatest watermen from over 30 countries will compete in 11 different disciplines and compete for the coveted Club Waikiki-Peru ISA World Team Champion Trophy and the individual Gold Medals. The 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will include Men’s and Women’s SUP Surfing, SUP Technical Race, SUP Distance Race, Paddleboard Technical Race, Paddleboard Distance Race, and the Team Relay Race.
Mexico’s Gaby Farias (right) and Javier Jimenez (left) during the Sands of the World Ceremony at the 2014 ISA WSUPPC in Nicaragua. The traditional ceremony will be held in Sayulita during the Opening Ceremony to gather the sands from all the participating countries symbolizing the peaceful gathering of nations through the love of surfing. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales