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SUP And Paddleboard Technical Races Plus Relay Race Finalists Decided On Day 5 Of The ISA World Standup Paddle And Paddleboard Championship

Casper Steinfath from Denmark, defending ISA World Champion, had the best overall time of the day in the SUP Technical Race, finishing in 25:00. Steinfath was in 4th place with only 300m to go in the race, but the experienced champion kicked in to high gear and blew past his fellow competitors. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
Casper Steinfath from Denmark, defending ISA World Champion, had the best overall time of the day in the SUP Technical Race, finishing in 25:00. Steinfath was in 4th place with only 300m to go in the race, but the experienced champion kicked in to high gear and blew past his fellow competitors. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

The racing portion of the 2014 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship has officially kicked off on Thursday in the historical and colonial city of Granada, on the picturesque Lake Nicaragua.

USA's Carter Craves, the 2013 Catalina Classic Women’s Champion, led the pack in the Women’s Paddleboard Technical Race. The American finished in 29:06, over two minutes faster that the 2012 and 2013 ISA World Paddleboard Champion, Jordan Mercer. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle
USA’s Carter Craves, the 2013 Catalina Classic Women’s Champion, led the pack in the Women’s Paddleboard Technical Race. The American finished in 29:06, over two minutes faster that the 2012 and 2013 ISA World Paddleboard Champion, Jordan Mercer. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

The SUP and Paddleboard Technical Races, plus the ISA Relay Race semifinals took place during Day 5 of the ISA WSUPPC. The world’s best raced for a spot in the Grand Finals that will take place on Sunday.

Sunny skies, hot weather and Lake Nicaragua’s typically strong winds greeted the athletes from the start of today’s competition.

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“We are here at beautiful Lake Nicaragua,” remarked an excited ISA President, Fernando Aguerre. “This lake has a remarkable and meaningful history. In addition to their beauty, the 365 islands on the lake are home to some of Nicaragua’s team members. For generations, the only means of travelling around these islands was by paddling canoes. We feel very special as guests in their home, having the first ever Nicaraguan SUP Team competing in this ISA World Championship.”

The first race in the water was the Paddleboard Technical Races for Men and Women. The best racer in the Men’s was Australia’s Rhys Burrows, who competed in Heat 2. Burrows finished his race in 26:31 and secured a spot on Sunday’s final.

Australia’s Rhys Burrows. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
Australia’s Rhys Burrows. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

In heat #2 of the Women’s Paddleboard Technical Race, USA’s Carter Craves, the 2013 Catalina Classic Women’s Champion, led the pack. The American finished in 29:06 to defeat her rivals. In heat #1 the 2012 and 2013 ISA WSUPPC Gold Medalist, Jordan Mercer won her Heat in 31:11. Finishing more than two minutes behind Craves, Mercer has her work cut out in the finals.

2012 and 2013 ISA WSUPPC Gold Medalist, Jordan Mercer (AUS), and Spain’s Itziar Abascal Rivero. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle
2012 and 2013 ISA WSUPPC Gold Medalist, Jordan Mercer (AUS), and Spain’s Itziar Abascal Rivero. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

Up next was the SUP Technical Racers, who also gave a great show to the hundreds of local spectators that visited Lake Nicaragua today. The 8 buoy, butterfly shaped course of 6km in length provided an exciting platform for the races.

In the Men’s SUP Technical Race, Casper Steinfath from Denmark, defending ISA World Champion, had the best overall time of the day, finishing in 25:00. Steinfath was in 4th place with only 300m to go in the race, but the experienced champion kicked in to high gear and blew past the Mexico’s Fernando Stalla (25:03), Brazil’s Vinicius Martins (25:08) and USA’s Chuck Glynn (25:12).

The fastest racer in the Women’s SUP Technical Race was Canada’s Lina Augaitis, 2014 Abu Dhabi All Stars Grand Slam Champion. Augaitis finished in 26:48 defeating 2013 ISA WSUPPC Gold Medalist, Shakira Westdorp (27:01) from Australia.

The day closed with the exciting ISA Team Relay Races, where Team USA set the pace with the best time of 18:07, almost a minute faster then the second place finisher in heat #2. In heat #1 the Australia took a commanding lead and finished in first with a time of 18:24.

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Competition resumes on Friday with The Morning Show hosted by Beau Hodge and Jamie Mitchell at 8:40am, followed by the Women’s SUP and Paddleboard Distance Race at 9:00am. The long distance course will run through the breathtaking “Isletas of Granada” and will be 18km in length.

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Watch the live webcast here- http://isawsuppc.com/2014/live/

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 84 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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