World’s best SUP and paddleboarders head to Fiji
The 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship kicked off over the weekend in the South Pacific, where events started on the 12th November, and will run until the 18th.
The fifth edition of the event organised by the International Surfing Association (ISA) will crown champions in six divisions across various locations, including Musket Cove, Viti Levu, Namotu and Cloud Break.
The six divisions which athletes will compete in are the SUP Distance Race, SUP Technical Race, SUP Surfing, Paddleboard Distance Race, Paddleboard Technical Race and the Paddle Team Relay.
Both the SUP and paddleboard competitors will fight it out for gold, silver and bronze medals, but with 244 athletes from 26 nations taking part, competition will be extremely tough!
As part of the competition, organisers will plant 4,000 mangroves to absorb up to 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide over the next 20 years, as a way of offsetting the carbon footprint created by the event.
Fernando Aguerre, president of the ISA has explained why they have chosen to plant the small trees, saying: “The ocean is our playing field and it is vital that as the world governing body for Surfing and SUP we lead by example and do everything we can to protect and nurture the aquatic environment and its eco systems.”
It’s great to see high profile sporting events such as this caring for the environment, and seeking to leave nature as unspoilt as possible upon leaving the area. By doing this, it will help to preserve this beauty for other paddleboarders and future generations to enjoy.
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