The 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle & Paddleboard Championship

1st - 10th September 


December 7, 2016 the International Surfing Association (ISA) confirmed that Vorupør and Copenhagen will co-host the 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship in Denmark on 1-10 September 2017. 

August 16, 2016 the International Surfing Association (ISA) announced that the 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship will be held in Denmark in September 2017.

Bidding process:

Submit Bid Application: End of January/beginning of February
Bid Applications Evaluated by ISA: March
Site Survey By ISA: March/April
Guarantee Deposit Due: August
Bid Application Approved/Final Decision Made: August
Hosting Agreement Signed/Sanction Fee Due: August

The ISA World StandUp Paddle & Paddleboard Championship in 2017 is a unique collaboration between Copenhagen and Cold Hawaii. That is why the bid has been dobbed COPENCOLD HAWAII. The major 12 day event will see between 280 and 300 athletes from 50 countries competing across the two venues.

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and located on the east coast of Denmark. The city is home to nearly 1.3 million people, part of 3.9 million inhabitants in the Greater Copenhagen region. Copenhagen Harbour will host the longdistance racing, standup paddle and prone paddleboarding.

Cold Hawaii is on the west coast of Denmark and part of Thisted Municipality home to 44.5 thousand people. Cold Hawaii will host the SUP Surf, Technical Racing and the Relay Race.
Where Copenhagen harbour earlier primarily functioned a commercial port, the area today includes a variation of facilities for recreational purposes. The fact that Copenhagen is surrounded by water underlines that the city is ideal as a venue for major water sports events.
Conditions for both the audience and the athletes are unsurpassed. Copenhagen Harbour has, in recent years, been home to a number of significant sporting events e.g. HavneTri (2014), European Triathlon Championships 2007, Red Bull Cliff Diving from the Opera House, and Swoop Challenge CPH Invitational 2015. Recently, the Danish Stand Up Paddle Championship was held in the harbour. The harbour will continue to provide a framework for international sporting events of high class. Swoop Challenge CPH Invitational 2016, 10K Open Water World Cup (2016), annual Swim around the Parliament – 2.500 swimmers have been planned to take place in Copenhagen Harbour.
Cold Hawaii
With over 20 surf spots on a stretch of coastline from Vigsø in the north to the tip of Agger Tongue in the south, bordering Thy National Park, this area represents a special potential in Danish coastal and nature tourism. Together with Thisted Municipality, local business and grassroots NGOs have developed what is now known as Cold Hawaii. Today, Cold Hawaii is home to a number of events. Examples are the Thy National Park Marathon, the Danish Surf Tour, the winter bathing festival in Vorupør and the Agger Athlon. The crown jewel in water sports has, until now, been an annual round of the World Cup in windsurfing wave performance.
About SUP
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. Compared to other categories of surfing, SUP includes cruising and racing on flat water, which is why the activity is accessible to a wide variety of people in many different locations. From fullon action on the biggest waves and downwind elite racing to a quiet, flatwater Sunday trip with the family, SUP is for everyone.