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SUP war: surfers and canoeists fight for the sport’s governance

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The International Surfing Association (ISA) challenged the International Canoe Federation (ICF) to let the courts decide who should rule the sport of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP).

The organization led by Fernando Aguerre wants the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to judge whether the SUP should be part of the surfing or canoeing world.

“We have a clearly defined history and tradition for governing SUP. It dates back to 2008 when it was first included as a core discipline in the ISA Guide. Since then, no other international federation has governed SUP in any capacity,” notes Aguerre, president of the ISA.

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