THE 2014 ISA WORLD STANDUP PADDLE AND PADDLEBOARD CHAMPIONSHIP IS OFFICIALLY OPEN

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27 National Delegations Marched Through The Streets Of Granada In The Parade Of Nations During The Opening Ceremony In Front Of Thousands Of Nicaraguans

ISA Vice President Alan Atkins and Ministry of Tourism Mayra Salinas amongst the flags of the 27 National Teams, officially declared open the 2014 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle
ISA Vice President Alan Atkins and Ministry of Tourism Mayra Salinas amongst the flags of the 27 National Teams, officially declared open the 2014 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. Photo: ISA/Michael Tweddle

The 2014 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship, was declared officially open this Saturday, May 3, 2014. In attendance were the 27 countries that traveled to Nicaragua from every corner of the world. Local authorities, officials and thousands of enthusiastic locals were witnesses to the start of the 3rd annual World Championship.

The National Delegations walked through La Calzada Street, located at the heart of the historic, colonial city of Granada, as thousands of local spectators cheered them on. Granada is a city with rich culture and history as it was founded in 1524, and is one of the oldest cities in the Americas.

The 27 National Delegations parading down the historical and colonial streets of Granada in front of thousands of local spectators during the parade of nations. ISA/Rommel Gonzales
The 27 National Delegations parading down the historical and colonial streets of Granada in front of thousands of local spectators during the parade of nations. ISA/Rommel Gonzales

Following the arrival of all of the National Teams to the main stage, adjacent to the beautiful Lake Nicaragua, a flag bearer waving their national flag and a sand pourer, placed the sand from their local beach into a glass container symbolizing the peaceful gathering of nations through the love of surfing.

The host country, Team Nicaragua, topping off the Sands of The World. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
The host country, Team Nicaragua, topping off the Sands of The World. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

“I want to congratulate and thank so much the people of Nicaragua, the government of Nicaragua headed by the President, Daniel Ortega, the Minister of Tourism Mayra Salinas, and all of the other ministries and departments of the central and local governments of Nicaragua” said ISA President Fernado Aguerre. “I would also like to thank the private sector, the many great sponsors that have become a part of this event.”

The dignitaries with the “Sands Of The World,” (from L to R) Local Organizer Lucy Valenti, National Olympic Committee President Emmet Lang, Mayor of Granada Julia Mena, Minister of Tourism Mayra Salinas ISA Vice Presidents Karin Sierralta and Alan Atkins, and Mayor of Diriamba Fernando Baltodano
The dignitaries with the “Sands Of The World,” (from L to R) Local Organizer Lucy Valenti, National Olympic Committee President Emmet Lang, Mayor of Granada Julia Mena, Minister of Tourism Mayra Salinas ISA Vice Presidents Karin Sierralta and Alan Atkins, and Mayor of Diriamba Fernando Baltodano

Aguerre continued, “This is the 3rd ISA World Championship organized in Nicaragua. Surf and StandUp in their versions on waves and racing on flat water, demonstrate their potential as sports that unite countries and ends the distances that separate such nations.”

(from L to R) The Hector Velarde Men’s SUP Surfing Perpetual Trophy, the Team Champion Plate, and the Hector Velarde Women’s SUP Surfing Perpetual Trophy. Photo: ISA/ Rommel Gonzales
(from L to R) The Hector Velarde Men’s SUP Surfing Perpetual Trophy, the Team Champion Plate, and the Hector Velarde Women’s SUP Surfing Perpetual Trophy. Photo: ISA/ Rommel Gonzales

“Here we have 27 countries representing 5 continents of the world with all type of languages, races, religion, cultures, different socioeconomic levels, with everyone coexisting together for these 10 days during the World Championship here in Nicaragua,” concluded President Aguerre.

“Welcome to Nicaragua, welcome to Granada, and welcome to La Boquita. Our country prepares for the festivities, friendship, the cultural diversity and world class sport after the inauguration of the third ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship,” remarked the Minister of Tourism Mayra Salinas.”

Minister Salinas continued, “We are very proud to receive and welcome to this warm land, all the athletes from the 27 countries from every continent. Nicaragua is blessed with great natural resources for the practice of SUP and Paddleboard, with pristine beaches and lakes, and that is why President Daniel Ortega has supported the development of ISA events, as an opportunity to promote the practice of a new sport that helps the growth of tourism in the country.”

Following the ISA President’s address, “Tepenahualt” performed a local folklore ballet. Their dance was called “El Solar de Monibo,” which represented the indigenous community of Monimbo in Masaya, part of the rich culture of Nicaragua. The cultural dances kept the visiting athlete excited and entertained throughout the ceremony.

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Another special ceremony took place when the Mayor of Granda Julia Mena awarded the keys to the city of Granada to the ISA President Fernando Aguerre. The Mayor of Diriamba, Fernando Baltodano presented a special gift to the ISA President that represents “El Gueguense,” a piece of theater during Nicaragua’s colonial times.

ISA Vice President Alan Atkins being presented the keys to the city of Granada on behalf of ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, by the Mayor of Granada, Julia Mena. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
ISA Vice President Alan Atkins being presented the keys to the city of Granada on behalf of ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, by the Mayor of Granada, Julia Mena. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
ISA Vice President Alan Atkins being presented “El Gueguense,” a gift that represents theater during Nicaragua’s colonial times on behalf of ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, by the Mayor of Diriamba, Fernando Baltodano. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales
ISA Vice President Alan Atkins being presented “El Gueguense,” a gift that represents theater during Nicaragua’s colonial times on behalf of ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, by the Mayor of Diriamba, Fernando Baltodano. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

 

Competition starts on Sunday with The Morning Show at 7:40am (local time), featuring the host Beau Hodge and a panel of guests, who will be introducing the event, followed by:

12 heats of Men’s SUP Surfing Qualifying 1
5 heats of Women’s SUP Surfing Qualifying 1
6 heats of Men’s SUP Surfing Qualifying 2
3 heats of Women’s SUP Surfing Qualifying 2

Watch the live webcast on – 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).

More on www.isasurf.org

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Liv Nicaragua is the commercial name of Tourism and Investments Corporation (TURIN S.A.) a company formed by professional experts in tourism and real estate of recognized prestige and experience in Nicaragua and Central America. It is dedicated to promoting Nicaragua as an attractive destination for investment, tourism, world class sports events and as one of the most competitive destinations for those looking to retire or have a second home. It specializes in advicing responsibly and professionally those interested in investing or retiring in Nicaragua, providing them with an attractive portfolio of high quality projects.

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