ISA announces World Championships in El Salvador Nov 23 – Dec 1, 2019

Shakira Wesdorp Starboard win ISA World
Unbelievable stoke: If it's a question of how badly you want it, Westdorp takes the crown. Photo by: Pablo Jiminez / ISA World Championships
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The International Surfing Association (ISA) announced that the 2019 ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championships (WSUPPC) will take place in El Salvador from November 23rd – December 1st, 2019.

Luiz Diniz ISA World Champion
Celebrating a hard won victory at the ISA 2019 World Championships: Luiz Diniz. Photo by: Pablo Jimenez / ISA World Championship

ISA World SUP & Paddleboard Championships Announced

ISA Stand Up Paddle Racing, SUP Surfing, and Paddleboard Racing will take place at El Sal’s famous right hand point break, El Sunzal.

This event will highlight its role in El Salvador’s long-term strategy to promote this country as a world-renowned surfing destination.

2019 will mark the 8th consecutive year that the ISA has run the World Championship, crowning the first World Champions in 2012 in Peru.

Shakira Wesdorp Starboard win ISA World
Unbelievable stoke: If it’s a question of how badly you want it, Westdorp takes the crown. Photo by: Pablo Jiminez / ISA World Championships

Looking Back at History of the ISA SUP & Paddleboard Championships

Succeeding editions of the event were held across four continents in Peru (2013), Nicaragua (2014), Mexico (2015), Fiji (2016), Denmark (2017), and China (2018), representing the world wide appeal of the sports of SUP Racing and SUP Surfing as well as Paddleboard Racing (Prone).

The WSUPPC is the premiere World Championships for the disciplines of SUP Racing and Surfing, and has crowned World Champions in the sport since 2012.

Record participation was reached in 2017 when 286 athletes from 42 nations descended upon the waterways of Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as the country’s rugged northwest coast known as Cold Hawaii.

Daniel Hasulyo Tech champion ISA World Championship SUP
Daniel Hasulyo says, “There’s no better feeling” than his win here at the ISA Worlds with his family & friends present. Photo by: Pablo Jimenez / ISA Worlds

In 2018 Team Australia continued their domination in the event, earning their sixth Team Gold Medal over the event’s seven editions.

Individual Gold Medals were earned by global stars such as Brazil’s Luiz Diniz (SUP Surfing), Australia’s Shakira Westdorp (SUP Surfing), USA’s Candice Appleby (SUP Technical Race), Hungary’s Daniel Hasulyo (SUP Technical Race), France’s Olivia Piana (SUP Distance Race), and Australia’s Michael Booth (SUP Distance Race), among others.

2018 also marked the first edition that the event crowned Junior SUP Racing World Champions, as USA’s Jade Howson (Girls) and Ryan Funk (Boys) swept the Gold Medals for their nation.

Grace Rosato ISA Worlds prone paddleboard
Grace Rosato eyes the finish line at the end of the women’s prone tech final in 2019. Photo by: Pablo Jimenez / ISA Worlds

International Surfing Association Vies for Olympic Games

Under ISA leadership, SUP has gained momentum in the Olympic Movement with inclusion in several multi-sport events.

Most recently, as part of the ISA governance of SUP, it celebrated its most significant Olympic Movement inclusion to date by joining the Sports Programme of the Lima 2019 Pan American Games.

USA’s Connor Baxter and Brazil’s Lena Ribeiro took the respective Men’s and Women’s Gold Medals in an epic SUP race at Lima’s famed break of Punta Rocas.

Colombian siblings, Izzi and Giorgio Gomez, took the SUP Surfing Gold Medals.

Izzi Gomez Pan American Games Infinity Columbia

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

We are proud to continue gathering the world’s SUP and Paddleboard elite athletes to crown annual World Champions.

 “The sport of StandUp Paddle is riding a wave of global momentum as it continues to be one of the world’s fastest-growing water sports. SUP has gained inclusion in key Olympic Movement multi-sport games thanks to efforts by the ISA. Our vision is to continue developing and growing the sport until one day it arrives to the world’s greatest sporting stage, the Olympic Games.

 “I am looking forward to watching the world’s best compete for Gold on the beautiful, tropical coast of El Salvador. The perfect waves and beautiful scenery will make for an edition to remember.”

Womens technical racers ISA Worlds China
The Women’s side of the sport continues to rise as shown by the sheer numbers on the sand for the Women’s Technical Races. Photo by: Sean Evans / ISA Worlds

Morena Ileana Valdez Vigil, Minister of Tourism for El Salvador, said:

We are excited to partner with the ISA for this World Championship. Hosting the Surf City El Salvador ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship is part of a national strategy of this Government to promote and highlight the excellent surfing destination that our country has to offer. The waves are one of the country’s most valuable assets, a resource that never runs out and promotes healthy living and respect of the environment.”

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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.