Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship
International Surfing Association
Cloudbreak, Tavarua, Fiji
12 - 20 November, 2016
Day 2 dawns with more SUP Surfing action
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 November, 2016 - The second day of SUP Surfing competition at the 2016 Fiji ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship set the stage for a historic final day of competition to run on Saturday, November 19, the first ISA SUP Surfing Final ever to be held in Fiji.
The elimination Repechage Rounds ran on Monday, narrowing the field of competitors who are looking ahead to a highly anticipated swell that is predicted to arrive with force for the Finals at the end of the week.
Team Sweden © ISA/Reed
Monday morning kicked off with continued glassy conditions in a declining swell at Fiji's world-renowned left hander, Cloudbreak. Men's and Women's Repechage took to the water as the international field of competitors faced off to keep their dreams of winning the Gold Medal alive.
In the Women's Repechage Rounds, Australia's Shakira Westdorp got back on track after an unexpected exit from the Main Event on Sunday, marking the second highest heat total for the women on the day with 10.83. Westdorp, a 5-time ISA Medalist in SUP Surfing and Technical Race, spoke about the meaning of holding an international SUP event of this scale in Fiji.
Canada's Jeff Spencer © ISA/Evans
"Cloudbreak is one of the best waves in the world and it's a huge step forward for the growth of SUP. This event allows the world's best SUP surfers to have the opportunity to surf in these amazing waves," said Westdorp.
"I am a fan of the decision to move the Finals to Saturday. It's a world title event with the best in the world, so to have the best conditions is ideal."