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Battle of the Bay WPA Championships Announced!

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The World Paddle Association Announces the 2015 Battle of the Bay WPA Championships The World Paddle Association, in cooperation with the Battle of the Bay, announces the 2015 WPA Championships. This year’s event will be officially named “The Battle of the Bay WPA Championship” to be held on October 17 & 18, 2015, at Crissy Field, located within Presidio National ... Read More »

WPA Scholastic SUP Race Series!

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World Paddle Association Scholastic SUP Race Series Announced The World Paddle Association proudly announces the formation of the Scholastic SUP race series. The WPA Scholastic SUP race series will consist of a series of races conducted in 2015 to help grow the youth SUP competition while providing national rankings at the high school, middle school and grade school levels. All ... Read More »

New WPA Region 12 (TX/OK) Race Director Appointed

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Jason Black appointed the new WPA Region 12 (TX/OK) Regional Race Director The World Paddle Association (WPA) is proud to announce Jason Black being appointed as the new WPA Region 12 Regional Race Director for Texas and Oklahoma. Jason’s brings years of stand up paddle racing experience and knowledge of business to take over the position. Jason succeeds the regional ... Read More »

Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge Announced

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2015 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge WPA National Race The World Paddle Association, proudly announces the addition of the Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge to the 2015 WPA National Race Series and the Salt Life Cup to be held on August 22 & 23, 2015 in Hood River, OR. The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge has been a premier stand ... Read More »

WPA Region 1 Southern California Race Schedule

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The World Paddle Association announces the updated region 1 Southern California race schedule.  The region 1 race schedule is subject to change with points and additional events to be added.  Go to www.paddleguru.com for event registration and information.  Registration may be pending until the race director has updated their race site on PaddleGuru. 2015 WPA Region 1 Race Series Subject to ... Read More »

2015 Salt Life Cup WPA National Race Series

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The World Paddle Association announces the Salt Life Cup 2015 Salt Life Apparel, in association with the World Paddle Association, proudly announces the Salt Life Cup 2015. The Salt Life Cup is a season-long accumulation of points earned at all WPA National races (schedule TBA) which began with the Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge on January 24, 2015 and culminating at the WPA ... Read More »

WPA Kids Divisions & Points Rankings announced

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The World Paddle Association (WPA) will offer points for rankings in the newly formed Kids race divisions for 2015. The WPA announced the formation of the Kids race divisions in July of 2014, which was officially launch at the 2014 WPA Paddle Championships. The Kids divisions will also be included in the regional and national points series for 2015.   ... Read More »

Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge Kicks off the 2015 WPA Race Season

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Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club, Huki Outrigger, and Hoven Vision present the 19th Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge to be held in Mission Bay, San Diego, Ca. on January 24th, 2015. Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge, a WPA sanctioned points race, is one of the Longest Running Paddlesport Races in California offering all paddle crafts including OC-1 & 2, Surfski, Traditional Paddleboard, Standup Paddleboard and Kayak. ... Read More »

2014 WPA Championships Event Schedule & Courses

The World Paddle Association (WPA) has attached the full event schedule and course maps below.  The WPA Championships will be held at the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida October 23, 24, 25 & 26, 2014 will have open entry for all competitors in all races, however each competitor should decide which race with best suit their ability.  PFD’s will ... Read More »

WPA Level I Certified Instructor Class, June 19th in Phoenix, AZ

The World Paddle Association will be conducting a level I certified instructors class on Thursday, June 19, 2014 in the Phoenix, AZ area.  Master Class I instructor Byron Kurt will be conducting the course for those seeking certified instruction with stand up paddling that will include, technique, water safety, board/paddle fitting, and water dynamics. With the tremendous growth of stand up paddling, ... Read More »

Wrightsville Beach, NC WPA Instructor Class- April 25, 2014

The World Paddle Association will be conducting a level I certified instructors class on Friday, April 25, 2014 in Wrightsville Beach, NC.  Master Class I instructor Byron Kurt will be conducting the course for those seeking certified instruction with stand up paddling that will include, technique, water safety, board/paddle fitting, and water dynamics. With the tremendous growth of stand up paddling, public ... Read More »

Bob Risner Update and Memorial

On behalf of Betsy Risner, she has allowed the WPA to send out the following communication in regards to the coroner’s report and memorial. Bob Risner had a big heart however no one ever thought he would die from it.  The coroners initial report as given by Betsy Risner, Bob’s wife was that he had an enlarged heart and suffered ... Read More »

The Paddling Community Morns the loss of Bob Risner

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The paddling community is morning the loss of Bob Risner, friend, family man and ambassador.  The tragic news has just become known to the paddling community and friends on Monday, February 24, 2014 with the passing of Bob on Sunday, February 23.  More information will be sent out once more details are known and all information is accurate out of respect ... Read More »

WPA Certified Instructor level I & II Class – March 7th, Dana Point, CA

The World Paddle Association will be conducting a level I & II certified instructors class on Friday, March 7, 2014 in Dana Point, CA.  Master Class I instructor Byron Kurt will be conducting the course for those seeking certified instruction with stand up paddling that will include, technique, water safety, board/paddle fitting, and water dynamics.  With the tremendous growth of stand up ... Read More »

2014 WPA National Race Series

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The WPA 2014 National and international race series gives competitors an opportunity to earn points for rankings (offered for current WPA members) in all WPA sanctioned points races (non points sanctioned races do not apply) by region and through the National Race Series.  Points for rankings are now automated through PaddleGuru and posted once race results are complete from every ... Read More »

2013 Hennessey’s-WPA World Paddle Championship- EVENT INFORMATION

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2013 Hennessey’s-WPA World Championship September 20 & 21, 2013 Westin Lake Las Vegas Event Information Hennessey’s Inc. and the World Paddle Association (WPA) are proud to announce the 2013 World Paddle Championships to be held at the Westin Lake Las Vegas, NV on September 20 & 21, 2013.  Lake Las Vegas, in the city of Henderson is a picturesque man-made lake ... Read More »

Prize Money Announced- 2013 Hennessey’s-WPA World Paddle Championships

Hennessey’s in association with the World Paddle Association to offer $15,000 prize money at the 2013 Hennessey’s-WPA World Paddle Championships at the Westin Lake Las Vegas on September 21, 2013.  Prize money will be offered to the below Pro board classes in the supported divisions.  Along with Hennessey’s offering $15,000 prize money all competitors will receive medals for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place by board class, ... Read More »

Lake Tahoe WPA Class I Certification Course- August 9th

The WPA in association with WATERMANS LANDING in Carnelian Bay, CA on Lake Tahoe will host a WPA Class I Instructors Certification course on Friday, August 9, 2013.  The WPA course is scheduled the day before the 2013 Tahoe Nalu Paddle Festival WPA National Race approximately 5 miles from the race site at Kings Beach. This class will fulfill the ... Read More »