SUP World Series in CamSur, Philippines – First ever major World Championship SUP to take place in Asia

The province of CamSur in the Philippines is the vacation destination of
choice for three reasons: the black and white sandy beaches, the frequent flyer miles
I have accumulated, and the upcoming Stand Up Paddle World Series, not
necessarily in that order. Hosting the SUP World Series is simple endeavor and
winning the bid among a long list of other beachy, utopian hot spots across the
world is anther golden opportunity for this once unheard of island peninsula to
reinforce its reputation globally as a top tourist destination. Already regarded as the
progenitor of wakeboarding, CamSur has catapulted into the limelight as the
hotspot for water sports and extreme sporting events. Hosting the SUP event is yet
another splash of jet fuel on Governor Luis Raymond Villafuerte’s already well
stoked vision of his province growing even more destination noteworthy. “My vision
is to make the Phillippines the stand up paddleboard capital of the world. We have
7.107 islands, beautiful lakes, and rivers and all we have to do is just host world
class events such as this to make the world know that the best place to paddleboard
is in the Phillippines.”
Villafuerte (fondly referred to as L-Ray) is not a novice to the creative
thinking and heart-felt investment that goes into fulfilling such a dream. CamSur is
already home to the world renowned CamSur Watersports Complex which has
become the premiere destination for watersports as well as international sporting
events in Asia. A great wakeboarder himself, Gov L-Ray’s commitment
to “promoting this new sport like we developed and promoted wakeboarding” is
just one more example of his deep appreciation of both the land and its economy.
Under his tutelage CamSur has already hosted the Wind or No Wind Board Jam kite
boarding championship, the ’09-’11 Cobra Philippines Ironman triathlon, the 2008
WWA Wake Park World Championship, the Ultimate Wake Championship last year,
and the WWA Wakeboard World Series. This man knows what he is doing.
When I am not recumbent in a lounge chair with turquoise sea-water lapping at
my toes, sipping a San Miguel and sucking down fried squid balls, I will definitely
be among the hundreds of sports enthusiasts lining the beach during this five-day
prime World Series event. Between April 19 and 23rd the best Stand Up Paddle
racers in the world will be battling it for those vital World Series points at the
first ever major World Championship SUP ever to take place in Asia. The $20,000
prize money is clearly an incentive, but I can imagine competing among the likes of
these top international stand up paddlers is an equally exciting. Zane Scwheitzer
of Hawaii (finalist in the Sunset Beach World Tour 2011), Kai Lenny (final event
winner in the 2011 Stand Up World Tour), and Australian Travis Grant (winner of
the 2012 World Stand Up Championship in Peru) are just a few SUP iconic names
who will be making a splash during this spectacular event. I might just have to
venture out of that lounge chair and into the pro shop. There are lots of ways to for
vacationers to get their feet wet in CamSur!


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