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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.

   
January 9, 2020
by Christopher Parker (@wheresbossman)

Mike Jucker from Stand Up Magazin - one of the oldest and most respected outlets in the SUP media world - joins us to chat "Chaos of Champions," world titles and the future of the sport. Give Mike a follow on Instagram and help him celebrate 10 years of @standupmagazin. You can also listen to Paddlecast on

   
November 23, 2019
by Christopher Parker (@wheresbossman)

The International Surfing Association's annual world championship - the second World Championshps this year following the ICF's offering in China last month - is about to get underway in the emerging surf mecca of El Sal

   
October 15, 2019
by Christopher Parker (@wheresbossman)

Seems like it’s the month for paddletics. First I posted about the ISA’s last-minute decision to host a World Championship in El Salvador next month, a move that left many paddlers scratching their heads. Then just last week it was revealed that several top athletes would be competing at the inaugural ICF Worlds in China. […]