This year, the Falmouth Bay Open is the selection event for Team England at the ISA Worlds, ESF EUROSUP and Team GB at the ICF World Championship competitions.
Falmouth Bay Open Competition Details
Across the two days, we are running three competitions to cover Sprint, Technical and Distance formats. Each competition will be scored in its own right allowing for a selection to be made for the respective Teams from the competition results.
Competitors may choose to enter the specific competition they wish to be selected for and are not required to enter all three competitions - note this only applies to the international selections; paddlers wishing to gain a national series result still must complete all three competitions.
Paddlers must compete in the 14' HB Open race fleet to be eligible for the respective team selections. Prone Paddlers will be selected from the Prone Open fleet.
Registration Closes - Sunday, July 2, Midnight
Sprints - Heats to a final format
200m course with around 150m of water
Paddlers start on the Beach for a running start
Paddle out to a gated turn where paddlers can turn left or right.
Paddlers return to finish at the Beach by ditching their board and running up between the finish flags.
est 500m course, including a beach transition
Paddlers start using a dynamic format, such as Beach start
Multiple laps of an M-shape course with a beach transition at the end/start of each lap
Paddlers finish by ditching their boards and running between the flags.
Proposed heats to final format (max 1.5km total distance per heat/final)
Possible single race depending on competitor numbers - 4.5km distance
Course set to optimise conditions on the day
The ideal course is to use a wide triangle course across the bay
Multiple laps of large course
15/16 km total distance (3 laps of ideal course)
Paddlers start at the water's edge or in shallows
Paddlers finish at the water's edge
Team Selection Process
The ISA Worlds, ESF EUROSUP (both Team England) and ICF World Championships (Team GB) follow their own individual selection policy and process. Relevant links have been included below. Please speak to the respective bodies (Surfing England and British Canoeing) for additional information or to answer any questions.
ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championships - Les Sablesd'Olonnee, France September 24 – October 1 2023
ESF EUROSUP - Peniche, Portugal 14th – 22nd October 2023
ICF World Championships - Pattaya, Thailand -15-19th November 2023
Selection & Policy Links
ISA Worlds & ESF EUROSUP - Team England (Surfing England)
Selection Process (ESF EURFOSUP) (updated selection policy due to be published shortly by Surfing England)
ICF World Championships - Team GB (British Canoeing)
Other Home Nations - ISA and ESF EUROSUP Selection
All other home nations (except Wales) are running their own selection events for the ISA and ESF EUROSUP competitions.
At this stage, Wales is expected to also use the result from this year's Falmouth Bay Open, which will be confirmed ASAP.