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Carolina Jr. Waterman’s Team Forms in Wrightsville Beach

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, North Carolina – Last summer a group of local watermen formed the Carolina Junior Waterman Team to be based out of Wrightsville Beach. The purpose of the team is to develop well rounded young men and women and to give them the skills necessary to become experts in a multitude of ocean disciplines. The first year’s team consisted of ... Read More »

Upcoming WPA Class I Certifications through Fitness Onboard

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Coming to your area soon: Fitness Onboard® gears up to bring you the Fitness Onboard® Certification (FOC©), a comprehensive course that bridges the gap between the fundamentals of fitness and stand up paddleboarding. Whether a novice or an experienced instructor, the FOC© gives you the tools to take your SUP fitness classes to the next level! Upon completion of this ... Read More »

2015 Carolina Cup

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April 22-26, 2015 The second National Points Race of the year! The 2015 Carolina Cup kicks off the race season with 4 courses: a kids race, the Harbor Island Recreational “fun” race, an Money Island open race and the dreaded Graveyard Elite Race. In 2012, the Carolina Cup was the largest race on the East Coast with over 400 paddlers ... 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 »

Announcing the 2015 US WPA Regions

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2015 US Regions Announced: For the 2015 season a few regional changes have been made. To enquire about making your race a WPA-Sanctioned race, either points or non-points, contact your local regional director from the list below. Benefits of becoming WPA-Sanctioned include having consistent guidelines for races, WPA website race listing by region, WPA Facebook promotion, automated points for rankings offered to all ... 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 »

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 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 »