LA JOLLA, California – The International Surfing Association (ISA) is delighted to confirm today that the 2022 ISA World StandUp Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC), hosted in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will take place October 28 – November 6.
This year’s WSUPPC is the 9th edition of the ISA event. With the world’s top SUP athletes competing, the ISA’s championship will continue to be the premier global SUP and Paddleboard competition. SUP Racing and Paddleboard will be staged in the heart of San Juan’s famous Laguna del Condado and Bahia de San Juan. SUP Surfing is scheduled to take place in “La 8”, a well-known local break.
The choice of Puerto Rico reinforces the region’s reputation as a world-class destination that celebrates the sport’s SUP and surfing heritage. In the interests of the health and safety of the athletes, the ISA did not run the event in 2020 and 2021 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The last edition of the WSUPPC in 2019 in El Salvador welcomed 161 athletes from 27 countries and saw Justine Dupont and Benoit Carpentier clinch victory for France’s first Team Gold Medal. This year’s event is now expected to exceed 2019’s participation figures.
The beautiful view of the San Juan Bay area. | Photo via: ISA
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
“The global SUP community can now look forward with certainty to another great edition of the ISA World Championship event later this year. After the last two years of difficult times for everyone, we want to show our ongoing commitment to developing and showcasing the sport of SUP. Staging the best world-class SUP competitions in great destinations like Puerto Rico is a key part of that commitment.
“As the ISA’s investment in SUP continues to grow, we are excited to take our flagship SUP event to beautiful Puerto Rico, a location steeped in surfing and SUP culture. As the governing body for SUP at the Olympic level, the ISA is determined to build on great events like this to demonstrate the exceptional value of SUP as a potential Olympic discipline.”
IOC Member and Chair of the Local Host Committee, Richard Carrion, said:
“Puerto Rico has a longstanding tradition of water sports as well as world-class venues for SUP, surfing and other aquatic activities. We are honored to partner with the ISA to promote the development of the sport and excited to showcase everything that San Juan and Puerto Rico have to offer as a premiere sports tourism destination. I hope that others will join us and be inspired by the vision, hard work and commitment of all of those involved in this important event.”
About the International Surfing Association:
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Para Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men's and Women's World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012, and World Para Surfing Champions in 2015. For more information, please visit www.isasurf.org.