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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 Level I Certification – Madiera Beach, FL – September 6, 2014

This is a one day class to meet requirements for a WPA instructor class I certification.The WPA Water Safety curriculum includes classroom and on water instruction as part of the water safety education classes that includes:Board and Equipment PurchasingSUP Etiquette Safety Planning Injury Prevention Water Dynamics Boating Laws Board & Paddling Skills Rescue techniques Water Safety information All instructors who ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

WPA Introduces Ingo Rademacher as Official Spokesperson

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Dana Point, CA February 10, 2014 – Born in Germany and raised in Australia, Ingo grew up life guarding and learning the various styles of water sports. In 1990 he ventured into outrigger paddling; paddling for The Hamilton Island Team while working on the Island in Queensland. Later he turned his focus to Surf ski paddling and competed in the 2000 Molokai to Oahu surf ski race. ... Read More »

5th Annual Mickey Munoz Mongoose Cup – March 8, 2014

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  5th Annual Mongoose Cup  9 AM – 3 PM at Baby Beach. Come paddle with famous surfing icon and legend Mickey Munoz and friends!  Enjoy a great day of paddling fun, SUP Clinics and camaraderie. Mickey Munoz Mongoose Cup to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the Sport of Kings Foundation will be held Saturday March 8, 2014 at Dana Cove ... 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 »

Region 3 Series News and Rankings

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Here are the results from the Region 3 – Northwest Cup Short Course. The results were compiled by Randall Barna. We thank him for taking the time to get this together for the competitors. WPA 2013 NW Cup Short Course Compilation For the more comprehensive WPA 2013 region 3 Rankings, click on the link below. wpa2013 Region 3 series rankings ... 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 »

Naish Gorge Paddle Challenge: PAC NW FUN

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The weekend of August 17-18 was a terrific gathering of elite paddlers from all over the world. Our Pacific NW Region was well-represented (RESULTS for both the DOWNWIND and the COURSE races are here) Young Fiona Wylde (one of Steve gates/Big Winds JET paddlers) kept steady and fast both days winning the Elite Women’s Overall award inching out Candice Appleby ... Read More »

Southwest Airlines — World Paddle Association’s Official Airline

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Starting today August 15, 2013, World Paddle Association attendees will receive a discount and bonus Rapid Reward points from Southwest Airlines through the World Paddle Association SWABIZ® account. Southwest Airlines is offering a 5% discount off Anytime & Business Select® fares and a 2% discount off select Wanna Get Away® fares for travel to and from the event in Las ... Read More »