WPA Points & Rankings Overview
The posted rankings are taken from results the WPA receives from each race director by region and the rankings accuracy is directly related to the data received from each race. Items that create challenges are; the spelling of each competitor’s name (please enter each race under the same name you registered for your WPA membership), the use of a nickname from time to time, are you a JR or SR, make sure you are at every race, choosing the correct category a registration, etc. The WPA will rank over 145 races and every race is calculated for the rankings manually, so if the data received are incorrect the rankings for that event will be delayed. Our goal is to have all rankings from results posted within 14 days of receiving race results. Any WPA sanctioned point race not reflected in the rankings is due to results that have not been received from the race director or the data is unacceptable for upload to the rankings database. Rankings will be adjusted as needed by race and region once confirmation is received from the race director of the race in question.
WPA rankings are only available through WPA sanctioned events for points and reserved for WPA members. Any competitor that has not become a current WPA member by the Regional Championship in each region will be dropped off the official rankings. All qualifying spots for the WPA-Hennessey’s World Championships will be selected in each region leading up to the regional championships in each region. Please note that only long course competitors need to qualify for the World Championship race since the short course competitors may participate in the short course of the World Championships without needing to pre-qualify.
As stated in the WPA SUP Racing Rulebook:
13. WPA Rankings & Divisions
a) All WPA members will receive points from WPA sanctioned points races they have competed and finished by the ranked age divisions and overall ranking will be determined by board size and gender. Points will be given by region in the Long and Short courses for WPA sanctioned races unless otherwise noted.
b) Ranked board classes will be offered for Sup Surf (short course only), 12’6, 14’ and Unlimited for Men and Women. Sup Surf and 12’6 board classes must be provided as two separate divisions to be ranked properly in each region.
c) Ranked age divisions: 17 under, 18-49, 50+ and overall by board class and gender (overall and age division ranking for each competitor).
d) All ages are based on the age of the competitor at the start of a region series and or the day of a championship race.
e) Any competitor that has a change of age in the middle of a year can begin accumulating points in the new age division however cannot carry over points from the previous age division.
f) Final region points for rankings will be determined after the last race in each region for the year.
g) A race director may include additional or omit age divisions if they choose as long as they collect the AGE for every competitor in their event and races. The age is required to sort competitors with the age divisions needed for rankings based on the results format sheet.
14. Participants to Support a Class
a) Trophy- A minimum of 3 participants is recommended to make a class in any division to trophy.
b) Men Ranking- A minimum of 3 participants is required for Men’s for all age or board divisions to receive full points for rankings.
c) Women/17 Under- A minimum of 3 participants is required for Women and 17 Under for all age or board divisions to receive full points for rankings.
d) Money- A minimum of 10 participants is recommended in any division to receive money.
e) If the minimum number of participants in 14b and 14c are not met in any one division the participants in the stated division will receive half of the stated points offered.
15. Ranking Points System
Points will be given to all finishers who are WPA members in each division meeting the minimum participant requirements stated in rule 14.b in all sanctioned points races in each region. The top six races for each participant will be totaled for final yearend rankings in each region by division. Points will also be earned for current year World Championship race qualifying. Points will be offered for both Short and Long course participants in sanctioned events based on the following points scale:
a) Points breakdown
- 1st = 1,000
- 2nd= 750
- 3rd= 550
- 4th= 400
- 5th= 325
- 6th= 250
- 7th= 200
- 8th= 150
- 9th= 125
- 10th= 100
- 11th= 99, 12th= 98, 13th= 97, 14th= 96 and so on with one less point for each place to 90th with each place after receiving a minimum of 10 points.
b) Double points will be offered for National and Regional Championship races that are within a region and calculated into the participant’s region points total. All other National race points will also be calculated for the National Race Series that includes points from National races.
c) If only one length of race is offered at any one sanctioned event the race level to be ranked for points with either Short or Long course will communicated by the race director prior to the start of the race.
d) Final region points for rankings will be determined after the last race in each region for the year.
16. World Championships Qualifying Criteria
a) Finish in the top 30% of your board division in the prior year Hennessey’s-WPA World Championships (Championship race only).
b) Finish in the top 30% of your board division in the prior Hennessey’s-WPA U.S. Paddle Championships (Long course only).
c) Finish in the top 20% of your board division in a WPA National Race in the current year. Must be a ranked division and have a minimum of 5 participants.
d) Finish in the top 10% of your board division in a WPA State Championship race (Long course only).
e) Finished in the top 20% of the selected international events to be announced.
f) The WPA and Hennessey’s reserves the right to hold spots open to invite selected paddlers to participate in the Hennessey’s-WPA World Championship race that may not have access or the ability to participate in any or limited points races and events listed.
g) All qualifying spots will be determined from a person’s highest qualifying option as listed in a, b, or c. If a person qualifies from a and b their spot in option b would be passed to the next person not qualified and so on.
h) Participants do not need to be current WPA member if you have qualified under options a & b.
i) If the World Championship race is conducted prior to the finish of any regional race series, points for qualifying will be determined by the totals in each division 3 weeks prior to the World Championship date.
j) Any qualifying spots earned at a National race that is run after the World Championship in a given year, the qualifying spots will transfer to the next year’s World Championship.
*Open/short course participants do not need to qualify to compete in the Open race at the Hennessey’s-WPA World Championship.