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ISA Stand Up Paddleboarding World Championship

The ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship (or as I call it, the “ISA Worlds”) is an annual event hosted by the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Nations compete as teams in SUP racing, SUP surfing and prone paddleboarding, with individual medals and overall team points awarded. Australia won the first three ISA Worlds in Peru (2012, 2013) and Nicaragua (2014), before Team USA swept the 2015 Worlds in Sayulita, Mexico. The Aussies reclaimed their title at the 2016 ISA Worlds in Fiji and defended it in Denmark 2017 and again in Hainan, China in 2018, each time narrowly edging out a strong French contingent.

The 2019 ISA Stand Up Paddleboarding World Championships were controversially held in El Salvador late in the year after teams were given just six weeks notice. The event was largely seen as a political move against the International Canoe Federation (ICF), which has been trying to muscle the ISA out of the Olympic bid for stand up paddling.

The 2020 and 2021 ISA Worlds were cancelled due to covid, returning in 2022 with Puerto Rico as host.

     
August 31, 2016
by Christopher Parker (@wheresbossman)

We're only 10 weeks out from the 2016 ISA Worlds in Fiji, and to help kick off the official countdo