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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 »

Salt Life Cup PR Standings 2014

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The World Paddle Association announces the Salt Life Cup 2014 Standings Salt Life Apparel, in association with the World Paddle Association, announced the formation of the Salt Life Cup 2014. The Salt Life Cup is a season-long accumulation of points earned at all WPA National races beginning with the Carolina Cup WPA National race on April 26 and culminating at ... Read More »

2014 WPA World Championship Travel Discounts

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The WPA has partnered with Delta Airlines, Sirata Beach Resort and Hertz to bring you travel discounts for the WPA Championship Race in October. Specialty Clinics begin on Thursday October 23, 2014 and events conclude on Sunday October 26, 2014. AIRLINE Book your tickets online at Delta.com using the code NMK2W. ACCOMMODATION Please call the Reservations Department at 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 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 »