ISA and StandUp Paddle’s world professional tour reaffirm strengthened relationship for new 2021 season

2021 APP World Tour schedule includes key surf destinations Japan and Tahiti

The International Surfing Association (ISA) today welcomes the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP) World Tour’s confirmed schedule for the 2021 season – which will see the world’s best StandUp Paddle (SUP) athletes, competing at iconic destinations across the world on the sport’s only professional tour.

The APP’s Paris SUP Open will round out the 2021 season with the world’s best SUP Racers competing on the iconic waters of the Seine. Photo: APP

The APP’s Paris SUP Open will round out the 2021 season with the world’s best SUP Racers competing on the iconic waters of the Seine. Photo: APP

The expansion of the APP World Tour – which is sanctioned exclusively by the ISA – to new cities and venues is testament to the growing popularity of SUP and the significant investment made by both organisations in the sport. The APP World Tour will again include Japan, highlighting how it is a key destination globally for both Surfing and SUP. Japan has hosted many APP World Tour events, three consecutive years (2017-2019) of ISA World Championships, and will play host to Surfing’s Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020. 

The 2021 APP World Tour will also make a welcome return to French Polynesia, which follows the provisional selection of Tahiti as the location for Surfing in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The choice of Tour destinations again shows the momentum and positive legacy of the ISA’s global growth plan to take Surfing and SUP to more parts of the world to reach more people.

SUP Racers round a buoy with the iconic backdrop of Mt. Fuji in Japan. Photo: APP

SUP Racers round a buoy with the iconic backdrop of Mt. Fuji in Japan. Photo: APP

Under the leadership of the ISA, and in close partnership with APP, SUP has also enjoyed accelerated growth thanks to its inclusion in Olympic Movement multi-sport events including the Pan-American Games, Central American Games, Bolivarian Beach Games, Bolivarian Games, and Asian Beach Games.

Following the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) decision to award the governance of SUP to the ISA at Olympic level earlier this year, the ISA will continue to pursue its ambition to see SUP have a place in future Olympic Games and other multi-sport games in the Olympic Movement..

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:

“Since our historic partnership in 2017, the ISA and APP have been working constantly to develop the sport at every level and the announcement of the newly expanded 2021 season is an illustration of just how far the sport has come.

“After a challenging year for world sport, it is super exciting to see the continued momentum behind SUP and it justifies our ongoing investment to grow SUP in the best interests of the athletes and the sport.

“It is great to see destinations across the world clearly recognising the amazing value and uniqueness of the sport and this intensifies the ISA’s long-term ambition and commitment for SUP to achieve its Olympic dream.” 

ISA Vice President and SUP World Champion Casper Steinfath said:

“After nearly a year of not competing, I am stoked to get back on the water and go head-to-head against the best SUP athletes in the world. From London, to Tahiti, to Paris, the 2021 APP schedule features truly world-class venues that will allow us to put our best foot forward.

“The future of SUP is in good hands, with two organizations, the ISA and APP, that have historically been — and will continue to be — strongly committed to the global growth and development of the sport. I am confident that together we can all take SUP to new heights that it has never seen before.” 

The confirmed line up for the APP World Tour 2021 is below:

  1. World Tour Open, location tba (Race 1): Late May / early June (final dates tbc)
  2. London, UK (Race 2): 30th July – 1st August
  3. Switzerland (Race 3): 6th – 8th August
  4. Tahiti (Surf 1): 11th – 18th September
  5. Osaka, Japan (Race 4): 24th – 26th September
  6. San Diego, USA (Race 5): 1st – 3rd October
  7. Maui, Hawaii (Race 6): 14th – 17th October
  8. Portugal (Surf 2): 9th – 14th November
  9. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Surf 3): 20th – 28th November
  10. Paris, France (Race 7): 3rd – 5th December

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.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Federations of 108 countries on five continents. The ISA is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (ARG). The Executive Committee includes four Vice-Presidents Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL), Athletes’ Commission Chair Justine Dupont (FRA), Regular Members Atsushi Sakai (JPN) and Jean Luc Arassus (FRA) and ISA Executive Director Robert Fasulo as Ex-officio Member.

Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California (USA).

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