February 12, 2013
by Christopher Parker (@wheresbossman)

Team Japan Confirmed For ISA World Paddleboard Championship

Japanese SUP TeamYet another country has confirmed for the ISA World Champs next month, with Team Japan announcing they’re sending a squad to Peru. With less than two weeks until the event, it’s now looking like there will be two dozen plus nations competing in Miraflores, Lima from the 24th Feb to 2nd March.

While Japan might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think SUP racing, the country has a long history in sports such as surfing and outrigger canoeing, so it kinda makes sense. Plus you always spot a few Japanese paddlers at the Hawaiian SUP races, so they’ve definitely got some talent.

Here the full team line-up that Japan will be sending over to Peru:

Japan's Tomo Yasu during the Molokai-2-Oahu raceSUP Racing Men:
Kosuke Matsuyama.

SUP Racing Women:
Tomoe Yasu

SUP Surfing Men:
Masamichi Matsunaga
Masahiro Motohashi.

SUP Surfing Women:
Takayo Yokoyama

Great to see Japan sending a team, who will join the likes of Australia, South Africa, Canada, Great Britain, Mexico, Spain, France, Sweden, Ireland, Peru, Germany and probably another 13-14 other nations in Peru later this month.

You can follow how the Japan (and every other team) performs in Peru with our full coverage of the ISA Worlds:

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