We could not have been more surprised when we got the news this morning (Hawaiian Time, we are always the last to get up): The ISA has confirmed France as host country for the SUP World Championships 2023 and not only that they also confirmed Denmark as the host country for 2024. For the longest time rumors of holding an event in Taiwan in December were pretty persistent and behind the scenes it was said it was pretty much a done deal. Well, the rumors were wrong.
This is an unprecedented move for the ISA, as we usually get short notice from them, hence the announcement for September in France. This gives us a time line of 3 month to prepare. Having an event announce over a year out on the other hand is extremely unusual. Even here at the Stand Up Magazin we were caught off guard, as we were just working on at title story with Casper Steinfath and he assured us that he also heard rumors about Taiwan.
Either way here the cat is out of the bag and these are the dates:
Les Sables d’Olonne 24. September – 1. October 2023
Les Sables d’Olonne experiences favorable ocean conditions in September and the water is still considerably warm. September is known for its pleasant weather in Les Sables d’Olonne, with a lower chance of rainfall and plenty of sunshine, creating an inviting atmosphere by the ocean.
Most of the tourists are gone as summer vacation time is over, so it will be less crowded.
Copenhagen 16. September – 24. September 2024
Copenhagen was the venue in 2017 and the first time the ISA had an event in Europe. It was a great success and mostly the accomplishment of Casper Steinfath who held the vice presidency back then.
For the SUP Surfers amongst the competitors the conditions were rather difficult. From a logistics point of view our central European SUP athletes are very happy about this choice.
This is the PR from the ISA:
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is delighted to confirm today that France and Denmark have been appointed as respective hosts of the 2023 and 2024 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championships (WSUPPC).
The 2023 and 2024 editions will be the 10th and 11th time the ISA has staged the WSUPPC – and the dual hosting announcement reaffirms the strong international interest in this major SUP event. WSUPPC 2023 will be held in the picturesque bay of Les Sables d’Olonne on the western coast of France on September 24 – October 1. Meanwhile, Copenhagen, the spectacular capital of Denmark, will host WSUPPC 2024, which will be a SUP Racing only event on September 16-24, 2024.
Both editions of the annual ISA event will welcome the world’s top SUP athletes as WSUPPC once again demonstrates it is the premier global SUP and Paddleboard competition having crowned undisputed World Champions in the sport since the event’s 2012 inception.
As double-reigning ISA World Team SUP Champions, France will host the WSUPPC for the first time in the event’s history, whilst Denmark hosted the WSUPPC in 2017 with record participation.
France will look to continue its dominance in the team competition on its home beaches in Sables d’Olonne following strong performances from Benoit Carpentier in SUP Surfing and Noic Garioud in the SUP Technical Racing at last year’s WSUPPC in Puerto Rico.
ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:
“After the amazing success of last year’s event in Puerto Rico, we are very excited to bring our SUP World Championships to two great nations with a strong tradition in Stand Up paddling and surfing.
“With this announcement, the ISA reaffirms its full commitment to the global growth and development of this discipline, also at an Olympic level.
“Our message to the SUP athletes around the world and to the global SUP community is, we continue to support you and work hard to create a platform to showcase your talents and this fantastic sport.
“Together with our partners in France and Denmark, I have no doubt that we will see new records of participation and growth for the event and the sport in 2023 and 2024.”
The Mayor of Sables d’Olonne, Yannick MOREAU, said:
“Les Sables d’Olonne is the Vendée Globe, it’s Adventure, it’s the love of the sea. A love shared by thousands of board sports enthusiasts: Surfing, Va’a, Wingfoil, Paddle… having a great time. It must be said that we are spoiled; from the large beach at Tanchet, from La Ch’noue to Les Granges… our spots are superb. Hosting these World Championships means asserting ourselves as a surfing destination. It’s planting our flag on the world map of must-see spots. This is our tourism strategy to attract enthusiasts from all over the world. It is to create the vocations that will make the champions of tomorrow.”
Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, said:
“It is my ambition that we can offer sporting and cultural events every year to Copenhageners and our visitors. Events that bring us together. Therefore it is really gratifying that we will once again welcome some of the world’s best surfers at the World SUP Championships in Copenhagen. It is both an opportunity to show our fantastic harbor and clean bathing water to the world, and a great pleasure for Copenhageners who love water sports. It is crucial that the big events in Copenhagen also involve Copenhageners and offer a positive experience for everyone.”