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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 »

WPA/PaddleFit Certified Instructor Class I Dates Announced

Please find the upcoming dates for PaddleFit and WPA Instructor Certifications: June 22nd & 23rd- Oklahoma City, OK June 29th & 30th- Lake Geneva, WI July 6th and 7th- Jupiter, FL July 20th and 21st- Coronado, CA (San Diego) July 28th and 29th Park City, UT August 10th and 11th Westport, CT September 19th and 20th Nashville, TN For more detailed information and ... Read More »

WPA Class I Instructor Certification Classes Announced

WPA Class I Certification course for SUP instructors will be conducted on the following dates and locations.  Please submit your application through the WPA website and read all of the requirements to become a WPA Certified Instructor.  Go to the “Instruction” button on the WPA homepage to find all of the information and requirements to become a WPA Certified Instructor ... Read More »

US SUP Tour- San Onofre, June 15 & 16, 2013

    US SUP Tour- San Onofre Event Press Release US SUP Tour- San Onofre Event June 15 & 16  (NEW DATES) The US SUP Tour will host the first ever stand up paddle race conducted at San Onofre State Beach at the famous Churches surf break. In association with the World Paddle Association and Surfing America the US SUP Tour ... Read More »

WPA Announces Partnership with PaddleGuru

The World Paddle Association (WPA) and PaddleGuru has partnered to provide registration, payment, results, rankings and timing services for all WPA sanctioned races in 2013. PaddleGuru, founded by David Petrovics, Tim Hornsby and Sam Ritchie have created a full service registration process for paddlers and race directors to utilize for their needs.  All WPA sanctioned races will be listed on ... Read More »

2013 Carolina Cup WPA National Race

The first WPA National race of 2013 kicks off with the Carolina Cup in Wrightsville Beach, NC on April 26-28, 2013.  The Carolina Cup is put on by the Wrightsville Beach Paddleboard Club with the Blockade Runner Hotel serving as race venue. The Carolina Cup was the largest race on the East Coast in 2012 with 318 participants and the ... Read More »

2013 WPA National Race Schedule

    Check your local WPA region for detailed information Date Region Event City State 4/27/2013 6 Carolina CUP National Race Wrightsville Beach NC 5/10-12/2013 5 16th Annual Key West Classic National Race Key West FL 6/1/2013 9 Soundsurfer Waterman’s Challenge National Race Westport CT 6/1/2013 1 Hobie-Hennessey U.S. Paddle Championships Dana Point CA 6/8/2013 1 Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard ... Read More »

WPA announces Kristin Artz to the position of Director of Marketing/PR

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The World Paddle Association (WPA) is proud to announce Kristin Artz as the Director of Marketing and PR effective immediately. Kristin will coordinate and facilitate the exchange of information between Paddlers, Race Directors, Sponsors, Manufacturers and the WPA, its Advisory Boards and Board of Directors across each of the WPA’s programs and activities. “The WPA is proud to have Kristin ... Read More »