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2014 WPA Championship Race Qualifying and Race Information

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For Immediate Release: August 22, 2014 The World Paddle Association (WPA), in conjunction with the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Florida Sports Commission and WPA sponsors Naked Turtle Rum, Salt Life Apparel and Hennessey’s Tavern Inc., are proud to announce that the 2014 WPA Championship Elite race will NOT require qualifying to enter. The WPA Championships, to be held at the Sirata Beach ... Read More »

World Paddle Association (WPA) to Offer Kids Race Divisions at the 2014 WPA Championships!

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For Immediate Release: July 25, 2014 The World Paddle Association (WPA) has announced Kids race divisions, which will officially launch at the 2014 WPA Championships. The Kids divisions will also be included in the regional and national points series beginning in 2015. True to its mission of providing the best growth for the paddling community, the WPA will include four ... Read More »

WPA announces new Region 12 Director Casey Gotcher

WPA Board Member, Betsy Risner welcoming Casey Gotcher to the WPA Family!

Words from Casey: “I have been paddling for about 6 years now.  I was one of the first few people here in Texas doing it.  Now there are thousands of people paddling here.  Some on their own boards, some rent them or belong to paddle clubs.  I was turned on to the sport by a friend in San Clemente.  I told him I ... Read More »

2014 WPA Championship Race Event Information

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St. Petersburg Florida: The World Paddle Association (WPA) in conjunction with the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Florida Sports Commission are proud to announce the 2014 WPA Championship Race to be held at the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida October 24, 25 & 26, 2014. It will be the 1st time the WPA Championships are held on the East Coast. “St. ... Read More »

In Memory of Hobie Alter

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San Juan Capistrano, CA – March 30, 2014 Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who started out shaping surfboards, and ended up shaping a culture, passed away peacefully at his Palm Desert home on March 29 surrounded by his loving family. Born on October 31, 1933 in Ontario, California, he was 80 at the time of his passing. The recently published biography “Hobie: ... Read More »

Salt Life Partners with World Paddle Association in 2014

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  Salt Life, a division of Delta Apparel is proud to announce the newly formed partnership with the WPA (World Paddle Association), an organization dedicated to the promotion of competitive SUP (Stand Up Paddling) events in the United States and other regions of the world. Salt Life will promote the brand through events, promotions, social marketing and athlete clinics at WPA ... Read More »

Naked Turtle Rum to Sponsor SUP Races in 2014

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Don’t Worry. Drink Naked.™ Naked Turtle™ Rum Partners with World Paddle Association to Sponsor SUP Races in 2014 Tampa, FL, January 27, 2014 – The Naked Turtle Rum is stoked to announce that it is teaming up with the WPA (World Paddle Association), an organization dedicated to the promotion of competitive SUP (Stand Up Paddling) events in the United States. ... 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 »

18th Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge

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Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club, Huki Outrigger, Maui Jim and Ocean Minded would like to invite you to the 18th Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge to be held in Mission Bay, San Diego, Ca. on January 25th, 2014. The Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge is one of the Longest Running Paddlesport Races in California (OC-1, Surfski, Traditional Paddleboard, Standup Paddleboard and Kayak)  ... Read More »

2013 Hennessey’s-WPA World Paddle Championship Results!

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  Hennessey’s and the World Paddle Association crown 2013 Stand Up Paddle World Champions Fernando Stalla and Kristin Thomas.  Fernando now holds back to back World Championship Titles also winning in 2012. Participants competed in both Elite and Open divisions on Saturday, September 21st at Lake Las Vegas in Nevada. Competitors paddled surrounded by majestic scenery at Lake Las Vegas ... 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 »

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 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 »

Candice Appleby and Betsy Risner appointed to the WPA Board of Directors

The World Paddle Association (WPA) is proud to announce Candice Appleby and Betsy Risner being voted in and appointed to board of directors.  Candice Appleby, two time Hennessey-WPA World champion is arguably the most successful Women’s stand up paddler and Betsy Risner, 2011 Hennessey-WPA 50+ World champion bring years of stand up paddle racing experience and knowledge of business. “Candice ... Read More »

HENNESSEY’S-WPA Crowns 2012 World Champions

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Hennessey’s and the World Paddle Association in association with SUP Mexico crown 2012 Stand Up Paddle World Champions Fernando Stalla, Candice Appleby and Paddleboard champion Joel Mason in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Approximately 180 participants competed in both Elite and Open divisions in a 11.5 mile downwind race, 4.5 mile technical race, relay race and kids race in 8 to ... Read More »

2012 Hennessey’s-WPA World Paddle Championships – UPDATE

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Presented by SUP Mexico Prize Money Announced Hennessey’s Racing, World Paddle Association and SUP Mexico proudly presents the 2012 Hennessey’s-WPA World Paddle Championship on November 3 & 4, 2012 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  All competitors should have their travel plans set and we recommend everyone that is competing to register online on www.active.com. World Championship Elite Prize Money $16,500 ... Read More »