The Irish Surfing Association (ISA) is proud to announce the names of the National team which will represent Ireland at this month's second International Surfing Association World Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship in Peru. After a historic inaugural event in January 2012, Peru is getting ready to once again host the world's top athletes to compete February 24th to March 2nd, 2013.
Peru is anticipating 150 of the world's greatest watermen from 25 countries who will compete in 11 different events in the Men and Women's divisions, all in search of taking home the Gold Medals and the Club Waikiki-Peru Team Trophy.
The 2013 World SUP and Paddleboard Championship will include Men and Women's SUP Surfing, SUP Technical Race, SUP Distance Race, Paddleboard Distance Race, Team Relay Race, plus a new exciting event, the Paddleboard Technical Race for both Men and Women.
Representing Ireland at the event in their respective divisions will be 4 x Irish Champion Finn Mullen (Causeway Coast Surf Club) and Paul Byrne (East Coast Surf Club) in the SUP surf division. In the gruelling SUP racing division, Irish American Johnny O'Hara will put his skills to test against the world's best in both the SUP Technical Race and Marathon! Katie McAnena (Galway) will be the sole female team member and is prepared to give it all in the Ladies SUP Surf.
"The Irish Surfing Association congratulates each member of the national SUP team on their selection to represent their country in this prestigious International Surfing Association sanctioned event.
In the 2012 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, 17 teams (Argentina, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Chile, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, USA and Venezuela) gathered in Miraflores, to become part of surfing and ISA's history as the first countries to compete in the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship. Ireland finished a creditable 11th place.
Sponsoring the team's kit will be leading Irish SUP company, European distributors for legendary shapers Simon Anderson and Luke Short's range of Stand Up Paddleboards, and LirChild, a leading Irish Surf clothing company who's long term goal is committed to producing environmental positive products.
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Posted on 01/02/2013 by Zoe Lally