The 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship begins tomorrow ©ISA

Record participation figures are expected for the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Stand Up Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship, due to begin in Denmark tomorrow.

The 2017 edition is the first to take place in Europe and is set to be the biggest in the event’s six-year history.

More than 250 athletes from up to 40 nations are expected to take to the water.

Previous editions were held in Peru in 2012 and 2013, Nicaragua in 2014, Mexico in 2015 and Fiji last year.

The Championship will take place in two scenic locations.

Action begins tomorrow with the distance and sprint races in the picturesque canals of Copenhagen until Sunday (September 3).

On Monday (September 4) action will move to the north-west coast to Vorupør, known as "Cold Hawaii", for the technical races, SUP surfing and relay races.

The full schedule can be found here with the event due to culminate with the Closing Ceremony in Vorupør on September 10.

Three days of competition will take place in the canals of Copenhagen ©Getty Images
Three days of competition will take place in the canals of Copenhagen ©Getty Images

"This is shaping up to be a historic edition of the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship, as the world’s top athletes will compete in record numbers in Denmark," said ISA President Fernando Aguerre.

"The participation of the elite athletes of SUP racing, SUP surfing, and paddleboard speaks to the international prestige that this event holds and the ISA’s commitment and leadership in developing the sport."

Mediation was requested from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in June over an ongoing dispute of the governance of SUP racing.

A row has been ongoing between the ISA and International Canoe Federation (ICF) concerning which of the organisations should have control of the discipline, which features elements from both sports.

The ISA claim hey have "longstanding experience" in the sport, but claim their counterparts at the ICF have tried to get it added to the events programme at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

The ICF claim, however, they have been involved with SUP for a "number of years".

As the row rumbles on, both governing bodies asked CAS to step in with the discussions.