ISA delighted with preparation and progress for 2017 ISA SUP World Championship in Denmark

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has hailed the unique Surfing and StandUp Paddle locations Denmark has to offer following site visits to both Copenhagen and Vorupør, co-hosts of the 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship. The ISA welcomed the preparation and progress of the Championship whilst attending the 2017 SportAccord Convention in Aarhus, Denmark.

Copenhagen Harbour, during the Danish Standup Paddle Championship 2014. Credit: Jill Christina Hansen

Copenhagen Harbour, during the Danish Standup Paddle Championship 2014.
Credit: Jill Christina Hansen

The ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship has become one of the International Federation’s fastest growing competitions, with Denmark expected to see record participation in terms of number of countries and athletes participating. This year’s event, which will be hosted across the two cities and take place for the first time in Europe, will showcase the discipline’s top athletes competing in stunning and iconic Danish locations.

The event will kick off with SUP and Paddleboard Distance and Sprint Racing events held on the historic canals of the Danish capital Copenhagen, right in front of iconic venues including the Opera House and Royal Theater. The championship will then move to Vorupør, situated in the northwest coast of the country in an area known as “Cold Hawaii”, celebrated for its excellent wave conditions and unique surf & SUP culture.  Cold Hawaii will be the site of the SUP Surfing and SUP and Paddleboard Technical Races straight off Vorupør’s popular and picturesque beaches.

Denmark has 7,500km of stunning coastline which can be reached in a two-hour drive from anywhere in the country. Cold Hawaii’s excellent conditions and the accessibility of the coast have given the sport significant momentum in recent years and SUP has become a popular discipline for many across the country.

As the sole federation responsible for the development of StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard, the ISA has been the leader and driver of the sport’s growth. By bringing one of its flagship events to Denmark, the ISA continues to expand the reach and development of SUP and surfing.  With Surfing having been added to the Olympic program for Tokyo 2020, the ISA hopes to use its new status to elevate SUP even further, promoting grass roots development and spreading the sport into new markets.

Ahead of the Championships, which will run from 1-10 September 2017, the ISA delegation at SportAccord includes ISA President Fernando Aguerre and ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo as well as Danish 3x World SUP Racing Champion and ISA Vice President, Casper Steinfath, who will help promote both SUP and Surfing. Steinfath will join Aguerre in taking to Danish waters to showcase the high performance thrill of both SUP Racing and Surfing.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:

“The global development of SUP is a huge priority for the ISA.  This is an excellent opportunity to continue to build up the 2017 SUP World Championship in a well known and popular Surfing location in northern Europe. We are very confident that both Vorupør and Copenhagen will provide the world’s best SUP Surfers and Racers the perfect stage to showcase their amazing skills.

“The ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship continues to grow year on year and this is testament to the ISA’s efforts to nurture and develop this key discipline. We will continue to lead the global promotion of SUP as we aim for the inclusion of the discipline in future editions of the Olympic Games.” 

Triple SUP Racing World Champion, ISA Vice President and Chairman of the ISA Athletes’ Commission, Casper Steinfath, who is from the Cold Hawaii region of Denmark, said:

“Cold Hawaii is a special place in the heart of Denmark for Surfing and StandUp Paddle. This region has cultivated some the country’s top athletes and I cannot wait to welcome the World Championships to our shores. Visiting SportAccord today in my home nation and being able to demonstrate the sport that I love and what Denmark has to offer, is a wonderful moment for me.

“Over recent years, SUP has greatly advanced in professionalism and popularity and much of that success is a result of the work conducted by the ISA. Following Surfing’s Olympic inclusion, the ISA has been able to offer so much to SUP, organizing the World Championships, helping to fund development schemes and instructor courses, and bringing a voice to our discipline that can be heard by more people globally.”

Vorupør to Co-host COPENCOLD HAWAII

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has confirmed today that Vorupør and Copenhagen will co-host the 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship in Denmark on 1-10 September 2017 in an innovative format that will see the SUP Surfing and Technical Race events in Vorupør and the Distance Racing events right in the heart of Copenhagen.  

Located on Denmark’s Northwest coast, Vorupør will host the world’s best SUP surfers at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

Located on Denmark’s Northwest coast, Vorupør will host the world’s best SUP surfers at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship

Vorupør, situated in the northwest coast of the country in an area known as “Cold Hawaii”, was confirmed as the SUP Surfing and Technical Race location thanks to its excellent wave conditions, its transport infrastructure and its accommodation capacity. The SUP Racing events will be held on the iconic canals of the Danish Capital right in front the Copenhagen Opera House. 

The confirmation of the locations and dates follows the ISA announcement during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games of Denmark as the first European host of the ISA SUP Worlds event. 

Denmark has 7500km of stunning coastline which can be reached in a two hour drive from anywhere in the country. Cold Hawaii’s excellent conditions and the accessibility of the coast have given the sport significant momentum in recent years and SUP has become a popular discipline for many across the country. 

SUP is a core discipline of the ISA and recreationally it is one of the world’s fastest growing watersports. SUP was part of the ISA’s submission for Olympic inclusion at Tokyo 2020 and ensuring the popular discipline becomes part of the Olympic Programme in future remains a key part of the ISA’s strategy.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said

”The global development and promotion of SUP is a big priority for the ISA and we are excited to continue to build this event and discipline with the help of our Danish partners. Vorupør and Copenhagen are fantatic locations for 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship and we are confident that the excellent conditions will provide the world’s best SUP Surfers and Racers the perfect stage to showcase their amazing skills. 

”The ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship continues to grow year on year and this is testament to the ISA’s efforts to nurture and develop this important discipline. We are thrilled to be heading to Denmark and Europe for the first time after hosting such a fantastic 2016 edition in Fiji in November this year. We will continue to lead the global promotion of SUP as we aim for the inclusion of the discipline in future editions of the Olympic Games.”

Triple SUP World Champion, ISA Vice President and Chairman of the ISA Athletes’ Commission, Casper Steinfath, who is from the Cold Hawaii region of Denmark, said: 

“Vorupør is a very special place on the Cold Hawaii coastline that will provide thrilling SUP Surfing and Technical Racing action on the waves and a very warm welcome from the locals. And of course, Copenhagen will provide epic conditions for the SUP Distance Racers. SUP Surfing and Racing continue to grow in Denmark and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to host an ISA World Championship which will bring renewed attention to our sport. I’m sure this will be a super fun event.  I can’t wait to represent my country and to welcome the best SUP athetes in the world to my home.”

Denmark to host 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship

The International Surfing Association (ISA) has today announced that the 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship will be held in Denmark in September 2017, with the specific dates to be confirmed in the near future. 

Finn Jorsal (left), president of Friends of Cold Hawaii, and Robert Fasulo (right), executive director, ISA, and Casper Steinfath (middle), ISA and Cold Hawaii, in the Danish National House in Rio, after signing the COPENCOLD HAWAII – ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship 2017 hosting agreement.

Finn Jorsal (left), president of Friends of Cold Hawaii, and Robert Fasulo (right), executive director, ISA, and Casper Steinfath (middle), ISA and Cold Hawaii, in the Danish National House in Rio, after signing the COPENCOLD HAWAII – ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship 2017 hosting agreement.

The ISA event will be organised by Friends of Cold Hawaii, an association that hosts annual ocean sport championships in Denmark, in collaboration with the Danish Surf and Rafting Federation (DSRF), Sportevent Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen and Copenhagen Watersports – the largest rafting and StandUp Paddle club in Denmark.

Finn Jorsal (left), president of Friends of Cold Hawaii, and Robert Fasulo (right), executive director, ISA, in the Danish National House in Rio, signing the COPENCOLD HAWAII – ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship 2017 hosting agreement.

Finn Jorsal (left), president of Friends of Cold Hawaii, and Robert Fasulo (right), executive director, ISA, in the Danish National House in Rio, signing the COPENCOLD HAWAII – ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship 2017 hosting agreement.

Today’s announcement was made at Danish National House, a hospitality venue at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, located on Ipanema Beach. The signing of the hosting agreement was completed by ISA Executive Director, Robert Fasulo and President of the Local Organising Committee Friends of Cold Hawaii, Finn Jorsal.
 
The ISA World Championship will be a dual location event, with the SUP and Paddleboard Racing taking place in Copenhagen, the country’s capital, and the SUP Surfing in Cold Hawaii – a prime Surfing location on Denmark’s Northwest coast.
 
The announcement of the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship comes on the back of the confirmation of the 2016 edition, which will be held in the world-renowned waves of Cloudbreak, Fiji from 12-20 November 2016.
 
Joining the ISA World Championship Series in 2012 in Peru, the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship has become the fastest growing event in the series. At the 2015 edition, participation more than doubled since the event’s inception in 2012 with 27 Nations and 260 athletes converging on the shores of Sayulita, Mexico for an incredible week of competition that resulted in Team USA earning their first-ever Gold Medal.

Finn Jorsal (left), president of Friends of Cold Hawaii, speaking in the Danish National House in Rio before the signing of the COPENCOLD HAWAII – ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship 2017 hosting agreement. To the right: Robert Fasulo, executive director, ISA.

Finn Jorsal (left), president of Friends of Cold Hawaii, speaking in the Danish National House in Rio before the signing of the COPENCOLD HAWAII – ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship 2017 hosting agreement. To the right: Robert Fasulo, executive director, ISA.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
 
“We are delighted to bring our 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship to Denmark, and for the first time to Europe. We are excited to partner with our friends from Denmark whose commitment and enthusiasm for SUP is a testimony to the global growth and development of this key ISA discipline.  With our 2016 Championship in Fiji this November followed by Denmark next year, SUP and Paddleboard are becoming more and more universal.
 
“As the world governing authority for SUP and Paddleboard, we are working every day to foster the worldwide development and growth of these disciplines.  Following the inclusion of SUP Racing and SUP Surfing in the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, bringing this competition to Denmark and Europe will provide another outstanding platform to showcase the elite athletes competing in a world-class event, raising the global profile of the sport.
 
“We can expect the world’s best SUP surfers, SUP racers and Paddleboarders to grace the waterways of Copenhagen and shores of Northern Denmark and experience the amazing coastline and warm hospitality of the country. I would also like to express my thanks and gratitude to Friends of Cold Hawaii and the Danish Surfing and Rafting Federation, for their support.” 
 
Finn Jorsal, President of Friends of Cold Hawaii, said:
 
“We are honoured and proud to announce that Denmark will be the first European country to host the ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship. Our ambition to grow and develop SUP and Paddleboard is aligned to the vision of the International Surfing Association and we are delighted to be working in partnership to promote the sport.”
 
“We are thrilled to make this announcement here in Rio where Surfing has just been confirmed as an Olympic sport for Tokyo 2020. This is a fantastic opportunity for the whole sport and we are determined to support the ISA as we continue the development of SUP and Paddleboard with the hope that these disciplines will also one day become a part of the Olympic Games.” 

Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, said: 

“Denmark will become the first European country to host the 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle & Paddleboard Championship. Denmark is well known for our innovative and creative staging of international sporting events and we intend to showcase the event and SUP as a sport to especially the Europeans.  It is therefore a great pleasure to witness the  signing of the hosting contract with ISA during the Olympics here in Rio,”

From left Christina Fontoura, Poul Erik Bligaard, trade commissioner, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Laudemar Aguiar, Rio's head of international relations, Finn Jorsal, president of Friends of Cold Hawaii, and Robert Fasulo, executive director, ISA, toasting at the Danish National House in Rio.

From left Christina Fontoura, Poul Erik Bligaard, trade commissioner, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Laudemar Aguiar, Rio's head of international relations, Finn Jorsal, president of Friends of Cold Hawaii, and Robert Fasulo, executive director, ISA, toasting at the Danish National House in Rio.

Denmark launches bid to become first European host for SUP World Championship in 2017

Denmark has become the first country to announce a bid for the 2017 ISA World StandUp Paddle & Paddleboard Championship. If successful, Denmark would become the first European country to host the World Championship. 

By voting last night in favour of supporting the bid, Thisted Municipality provided another vital piece of the funding for the event. It comes a few days after Sport Event Denmark and Wonderful Copenhagen also backed the event. Collaboration between and financial guarantees from local and central government have been a hallmark of Denmark’s bids for international events. 

Denmark has successfully hosted many major sporting events in the last decade on and off the water, including the 2011 World Road Cycling Championships, the 2014 World Half Marathon, the 2014 Men’s Handball European Championships and, the 2014 World Badminton Championships. Last year, Aarhus, the host of many world and European class sailing championships, won the bid to host the  2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships.

“Personally, it would be a dream homecoming for me if Denmark host the 2017 world championship; professionally I think it would a huge leap forward for our sport,”Casper Steinfath, Denmark’s two-time ISA StandUp Paddle world champion (2013 and 2014), said. “We want to raise awareness of the sport in Denmark and the rest of Europe and show that SUP is a global sport. Having grown up surfing and paddling in Cold Hawaii and competed several times in Copenhagen Harbour I know COPENCOLD HAWAII will deliver.” 

COPENCOLD HAWAII will be a unique collaboration between Copenhagen and Cold Hawaii, in Thisted Municipality. Copenhagen Harbour will host the long-distance racing, standup paddle and prone paddleboarding whilst Cold Hawaii host the SUP Surf, Technical Racing and the Relay Race. 

The major 12-day event would see between 280 and 300 athletes from 50 countries competing across the two venues. 

“By choosing Copenhagen and Cold Hawaii we are combining the best Denmark has to offer the SUP and prone paddleboarding community,” Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, said. “The combination of the two venues will provide a the perfect settings for an ISA SUP World StandUp Paddle World Championship in Europe,” 

COPENCOLD HAWAII was the idea of the Friends of Cold Hawaii, the Danish Surf & Rafting Federation and Copenhagen Water Sports in collaboration with Sport Event Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen and Thisted Municipality.

“To us, the 2017 ISA SUP World StandUp Paddle & Paddleboarding Championship in Denmark would be  about exchange and collaboration; bringing the championship to Europe and linking Copenhagen and Cold Hawaii will inspire not only a growing Danish SUP community but also the SUP community in the rest of Europe,” Finn Jorsal, president of Friends of Cold Hawaii, said.  

“We’re sure that the athletes will love Copenhagen, the Event Capital of Scandinavia and Cold Hawaii; Casper Steinfath is testament to that already - this is an opportunity to grow our reputation as a city and as a nation of water activities,” Lars Vallentin, Head of events at Wonderful Copenhagen, said.

“Every day we experience a growing interest for SUP,” Jakob Færch, chairman of the Danish Surf and Rafting Federation, said. “By hosting an event like this on home water we have the chance to promote and further establish the sport as yet another important branch in a proud Danish watersports tradition”, says Jakob Færch. 

Note: 

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The right to host the annual ISA SUP World StandUp Paddle & Paddleboard Championship is decided by the International Surfing Association. The deadline for submission of bids for 2017 edition must be made by January with the decision made in June: 

Bidding process: 

Submit Security Deposit: January
Submit Bid Application: Ultimo January/primo April
Bid Applications Evaluated by ISA: March
Site Survey By ISA: March/April
Bid Application Approved/Final Decision Made: Ultimo April
Hosting Agreement Signed/Sanction Fee Due: May
Guarantee Deposit Due: June

Previous hosts: 

2015: Mexico
2014: Nicaragua
2013: Peru
2012: Peru

The 2016 event will be held in one of these four countries:
 
Fiji
Mexico
Argentina
China