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February 23, 2013

2013 ISA WORLD STANDUP PADDLE AND PADDLEBOARD CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINS SUNDAY

2012 ISA World SUP Long Distance Race Gold Medalist, Jamie Mitchel will face tough competition in the SUP Distance and Technical races this year. Photo: ISA/Marotta

2012 ISA World SUP Long Distance Race Gold Medalist, Jamie Mitchel will face tough competition in the SUP Distance and Technical races this year. Photo: ISA/Marotta

The Opening Ceremony Marks the Start of the World Championship at La Pampilla, Lima, Peru

Miraflores, Lima, Peru, February 23, 2013- The International Surfing Association (ISA) is pleased to announce the 2013 ISA World Standup Paddle and Paddleboard Championship begins on Sunday.

The Opening Ceremony will officially mark the start of the second annual World Championship in the beautiful coastal city of Miraflores, and will feature the ISA’s traditional Parade of Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony. This ceremony allows each participating nation to come to the stage waving their national flag while pouring sand from their local beach into a glass container symbolizing the peaceful gathering of nations through the love of surfing.

“I’m very excited that all 23 National Teams have arrived and settled in the beautiful city of Miraflores in Lima, Peru, the cradle of Latin American surfing” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “With the Opening Ceremony on Sunday morning, followed by the first day of competition on Monday, all the athletes are excited and ready to compete for the Individual and Team Gold Medals.”

“The surf forecast is looking promising for the entire week with the swell peaking at 6-8ft,” added Aguerre. “Adjacent to the surf area is a calm bay where the SUP and Paddleboard racers will enjoy great conditions as well. Our hosts will be delivering an amazing Opening Ceremony to welcome all the National Delegations from around the world. I wish all the surfers the best of luck.”

ISA President Fernando Aguerre with the Sands of the World during the Opening Ceremony of the ISA’s inaugural World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in 2012.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre with the Sands of the World during the Opening Ceremony of the ISA’s inaugural World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in 2012.

As part of the Opening Ceremony, a unique presentation of the local and traditional Peruvian culture will be showcased.

The 2013 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will be available to view on the live webcast at www.isawsuppc.com

Here is the schedule for the 2013 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Opening Ceremony live webcast:

Sunday, 11:30am Peru
Sunday, 8:30am West Coast USA
Sunday, 5:30pm Western Europe
Monday, 3:30am Sydney, Australia
Calculate the time for all other areas

Media Contacts
Carlos Escaba
Marketing and Media Manager
International Surfing Association
CarlosEscaba@isasurf.org 411*7430 (local Nextel phone)

Jose Duarte Solis
Latin America Media Coordinator
International Surfing Association
JoseDuarte@isasurf.org

 

About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China, and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013. ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 73 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

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