09:50 | Lima, Dec. 27 (ANDINA).
The second edition of the ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship will be held in Miraflores, Peru, early next year, the International Surfing Association (ISA) has announced.
After a historic inaugural event in January 2012, Peru is getting ready to once again host the world's top athletes to compete February 24th to March 2nd, 2013.
Peru is anticipating 150 of the world's greatest watermen from 25 countries who will compete in 11 different events in the Men and Women's divisions, all in search of taking home the Gold Medals and the Club Waikiki-Peru Team Trophy.
"SUP is one of the fastest growing sports, not just within surfing, but of all sports around the world," said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. "It is an honor to also have the Paddleboard Championship because prone paddling is an ancient discipline of surfing that dates back to the 1700's in Hawaii, and it's also strongly growing right now.
"Thanks to the continued support from legendary Club Waikiki, IPD (Peruvian Institute of Sports), ADO (Peruvian Association of Olympic Athletes), and COP (Peruvian Olympic Committee), we look forward to replicating the success of the inaugural 2012 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. It is with great pleasure that we will once again watch the world's best competitors showcase their talent at the historic surf beach of La Pampilla, in Lima, Peru."
In the 2012 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, 17 teams (Argentina, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Chile, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, USA and Venezuela) gathered in Miraflores, to become part of surfing and ISA's history as the first countries to compete in the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.
The Australian team won six out of the eleven possible Individual Medals plus the Team Relay Race, giving the Aussies the overall Team Gold Medal and the Club Waikiki-Peru Trophy, establishing them as the world leader in SUP and Paddleboard.
The 2013 World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will include Men and Women's SUP Surfing, SUP Technical Race, SUP Distance Race, Paddleboard Distance Race, Team Relay Race, plus a new exciting event, the Paddleboard Technical Race for both Men and Women.