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Mar 22, 2016

Fiji to host its first ever ISA World Championship this year

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has confirmed that the 2016 World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship will be hosted in Fiji, the first time that an ISA event will be held in the Pacific island chain, highlighting the global growth and expansion of surfing and racing.

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SUP, the fastest growing outdoor activity according to the Outdoor Industry Association, has boomed in popularity in recent years.

The 2016 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship in Fiji, which will run from 5-13 November, will be the 5th edition of the event after previous Championships were held in Peru (2012 & 2013), Nicaragua (2014) and Mexico (2015).

The 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship featured 27 National Teams and 260 athletes – a sharp increase from the first edition in 2012 which hosted 17 nations and 105 athletes, meaning participation has more than doubled since the event’s inception.

At the 2015 competition, which featured the highest level of international talent in the event’s history, Team USA put on a dominant performance to earn the Club Waikiki-Peru ISA World Team Champion Trophy, breaking Team Australia’s three-year reign as World Champions.

The announcement also comes on the back of the successful campaign led by the ISA, the world governing body for SUP Surfing and Racing, that resulted in SUP Racing being voted into the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and the 2017 World Beach Games in San Diego, USA. The ISA application for inclusion in the Olympic Programme for Tokyo 2020 also included SUP Racing and Surfing. Tokyo 2020 recommended only Surfing, but the ISA intends to continue to work towards the potential inclusion of the SUP disciplines in the 2024 Olympic Games.

The evolution of SUP and the expansion of the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship is tribute to all the hard work put by the ISA and its 98 National Federations. As is the case with Surfing, SUP has incredible youth appeal. Its unique culture and hi-octane nature fundamentally resonates with young people and it is imbued with youthful values.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre said,“We’re delighted to make this historic announcement to take an ISA World Championship to Fiji for the first time ever. We can’t wait to see our star athletes out here on the waves and waters of Fiji in November.”

He further added that,“SUP Surfing and Racing are growing exponentially both as competitive sports and as recreational activities. We’re always looking to take our international competitions to new territories to help share our unique values and boost the popularity of the sport. The future of SUP is very bright with the 2019 Pan American Games and the 2017 World Beach Games on the horizon and we will continue to strive to achieve our ultimate goal of seeing SUP included in the Olympic Games.”

Executive Chairman of Tourism Fiji’s Board of Directors, Truman Bradley said,“The 2016 Fiji ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship is going to be an event that benefits Destination Fiji via both the international competitors it attracts as the world’s fastest growing water sport and as a family orientated sport that is easy to learn and participate in, especially whilst visiting Fiji.”

Source: Press Release

Feature Image: Former Windsurfing World Champion and Olympic sailor Tony Philp SUPing in Cloudbreak (Fiji) Image © Tourism Fiji

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Adventure Travel

Jul 31, 2018

Kayaking’s Elite Return to India at the Malabar River Festival

During the week of July 18th to 22nd, the Malabar River Festival returned to Kerala, India with one of the biggest cash prizes in whitewater kayaking in the world.

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Brooke Hess

A $20,000 purse attracted some of the world’s best kayakers to the region for an epic week battling it out on some of India’s best whitewater.

The kayaking events at Malabar River Festival were held on the Kuttiyadi River, Chalippuzha River, and the Iruvajippuzha River, in South India on the Malabar Coast. The festival was founded and organized by Manik Taneja and Jacopo Nordera of GoodWave Adventures, the first whitewater kayaking school in South India.

Photo: Akash Sharma

“Look out for these guys in the future because there are some future stars there”

One of the goals of the festival is to promote whitewater kayaking in the state of Kerala and encourage locals to get into the sport. One of the event organizers, Vaijayanthi Bhat, feels that the festival plays a large part in promoting the sport within the community.  “The kayak community is building up through the Malabar Festival. Quite a few people are picking up kayaking… It starts with people watching the event and getting curious.  GoodWave Adventures are teaching the locals.”

Photo: Akash Sharma

Vaijayanthi is not lying when she says the kayak community is starting to build up.  In addition to the pro category, this year’s Malabar Festival hosted an intermediate competition specifically designed for local kayakers. The intermediate competition saw a huge turnout of 22 competitors in the men’s category and 9 competitors in the women’s category. Even the professional kayakers who traveled across the world to compete at the festival were impressed with the talent shown by the local kayakers. Mike Dawson of New Zealand, and the winner of the men’s pro competition had nothing but good things to say about the local kayakers. “I have so much respect for the local kayakers. I was stoked to see huge improvements from these guys since I met them in 2015. It was cool to see them ripping up the rivers and also just trying to hang out and ask as many questions about how to improve their paddling. It was awesome to watch them racing and making it through the rounds. Look out for these guys in the future because there are some future stars there.”

Photo: Akash Sharma

 

“It was awesome because you had such a great field of racers so you had to push it and be on your game without making a mistake”

Vaijayanthi says the festival has future goals of being named a world championship.  In order to do this, they have to attract world class kayakers to the event.  With names like Dane Jackson, Nouria Newman, Nicole Mansfield, Mike Dawson, and Gerd Serrasolses coming out for the pro competition, it already seems like they are doing a good job of working toward that goal! The pro competition was composed of four different kayaking events- boatercross, freestyle, slalom, and a superfinal race down a technical rapid. “The Finals of the extreme racing held on the Malabar Express was the favourite event for me. It was an epic rapid to race down. 90 seconds of continuous whitewater with a decent flow. It was awesome because you had such a great field of racers so you had to push it and be on your game without making a mistake.” says Dawson.

Photo: Akash Sharma

The impressive amount of prize money wasn’t the only thing that lured these big name kayakers to Kerala for the festival. Many of the kayakers have stayed in South India after the event ended to explore the rivers in the region. With numerous unexplored jungle rivers, the possibilities for exploratory kayaking are seemingly endless. Dawson knows the exploratory nature of the region well.  “I’ve been to the Malabar River Fest in 2015. I loved it then, and that’s why I’ve been so keen to come back. Kerala is an amazing region for kayaking. In the rainy season there is so much water, and because the state has tons of mountains close to the sea it means that there’s a lot of exploring and sections that are around. It’s a unique kind of paddling, with the rivers taking you through some really jungly inaccessible terrain. Looking forward to coming back to Kerala and also exploring the other regions of India in the future.”

 

For more information on the festival, visit: http://www.malabarfest.com/

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