The International Surfing Association (ISA) has confirmed that the Chinese city of Wanning is to replace Buzios in Brazil as host of this year’s World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC).
Buzios was awarded hosting rights to the event in November last year, but the ISA said the city was unable to meet “contractual obligations” set out under the original hosting agreement.
The WSUPPC will now take place in Wanning from November 23 to December 2. This year’s edition will include a SUP technical race for both male and female U18 competitors for the first time.
Wanning has staged a series of major ISA events at its famous Riyue Bay since 2012, most recently in January when it hosted the World Longboard Surfing Championship.
ISA president Fernando Aguerre said: “2018 will mark a big step in the global growth of SUP as the first year that the event has been held in Asia. Under the leadership of the ISA, SUP, the fastest growing water sport in the world, has experienced massive bounds of growth all over the world. Holding this event in China will provide a big boost to our continued SUP development efforts on the continent and the world.”
Peru played host to the inaugural edition of the WSUPPC in 2012, as well as the 2013 event. The competition then relocated to Nicaragua in 2014, before later moving on to Mexico in 2015, Fiji in 2016 and Denmark in 2017.
Last year’s event welcomed a record 286 athletes from 42 nations, and also made history by becoming the first edition to feature complete gender equality, offering equal slots for men and women on each participating team.