Despite protestation from every surfer not riding one, Stand-Up Paddleboarding has managed to establish itself as a discipline of surfing that is here to stay. The surfing and racing component has found traction in oceans, lakes and rivers across the globe; from San Clemente to Lake Geneva in Switzerland to Rio de Janiero, Brazil, SUP communities are sprouting. The best SUP racers and surfers, along with their ancestors, the prone paddlers, from 17 countries descended on Lima, Peru for the inaugural ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboarding Championship. I was there to take in the spectacle and write a few press releases about it all.
|Team Switzerland in the Parade of the Nations. Miraflores, Lima, Peru, February 2012|
|Legend of paddle racing, Jamie Mitchell. Playa Hermosa, Lima, Peru, February 2012|
|SUP Technical Race. Playa Hermosa, Lima, Peru, February 2012|
|The sprint to the finish – Travis Grant and Jamie Mitchell (right). Playa Hermosa, Lima, Peru, February 2012|