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Water Safety-SUP Education certification course December 17, 2011


The World Paddle Association (WPA) announces the next date to attend a Water Safety/SUP Education certification course for instructors in California on Saturday, December 17, 2011, 9am at the Newport Aquatic Center in Newport Beach, CA.  All instructors who are interested in attending must have submitted a application with instructors background credentials and send a deposit through Pay Pal at ... Read More »

The World Paddle Association announces the week one winners of the EFX Performance newsletter giveaway


Congratulations to Jim Karabasz of Atlantic City, NJ and Todd Perrine of Austin, TX.  Each winner will receive four free EFX Performance wristbands.  The World Paddle Association will draw two names per week through the end of 2011 to receive four EFX Performance wristbands when you register for a free subscription to the WPA newsletter. To enter just go to ... Read More »

WPA 2011 Championship Awards


The World Paddle Association (WPA) crowned the first-ever standup paddle World Champions and regional champions in 2011.  In addition to giving away custom wood paddles to each of the WPA World Champions made by the famous Elite paddler Ernie “EJ” Johnson they will also receive a “Platinum membership” and honored as life time members of the WPA. All of the ... Read More »

2nd Annual Escape from Coffin Island

2011 Coffin Island PR Race

2nd Annual Escape from Coffin Island Downwind Puerto Rico SUP Championships WPA international sanctioned event Conditions were not conducive for a downwind competition as the “no wind” downwind PR SUP Championships instead made for a flat and hot paddle compared to our consistent E trade winds and sizeable swell, although the calmer conditions allowed more novice racers to compete. Participants ... Read More »

WPA Crowns 2011 World Champions


The WPA crowned the first-ever standup paddle World Champions at the Hennessey’s-WPA World Paddle championship September 17 in Hermosa Beach, CA. These extraordinary paddlers battled through their respective regional series, through the national championships Jamie Mitchell – World Champion, 12’6 Chase Kosterlitz – World Champion, 14’ Brian Stockdale – World Champion, Unlimited Candice Appleby – World Champion, 12’6 Women’s Lance ... Read More »

Chuck Patterson joins WPA Board of Directors


Veteran racer and SUP pioneer Chuck Patterson has joined the WPA’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Undeniably one of the sport’s most recognizable figures and engaging ambassadors, Patterson is a powerful force working toward the future of the sport. Patterson sits on the Board on behalf of paddlers to communicate the athlete’s perspective, giving the athletes a clear voice to ... Read More »

How do I Qualify for the 2011 Hennessey’s – WPA World Championship?

The SUP race scene is evolving and a new level of competition has emerged: qualifiers. The 2011 Hennessey’s-WPA World Championship isn’t a show up and race kind of event. To qualify, you have to have been racing the long courses in the regional and/or the national series races. And doing well! We’re looking for the best racers in the world ... Read More »

Hermosa Beach for 2011 Hennessey’s-WPA World Championships of Paddling


On Sept. 17 the Hermosa Beach Pier in Hermosa Beach, CA will be the site of the 2011 Hennessey’s-WPA World Championships of Paddling. The event will include both SUP and paddleboard divisions and be the first SUP world championship while continuing the Hennessey’s legacy of supporting paddleboarding around the world. Hennessey’s and the WPA will also host the U.S. Paddle ... Read More »

2012 Hennessy’s-WPA World Championships Qualifying Criteria


2012 WPA World Championship Qualifying Criteria As listed in the 2012 WPA SUP Racing Rulebook: 16.  World Championships Qualifying Criteria: a)     Finish in the top 30% of your board division at the 2011 Hennessey’s-WPA World Championships (Championship race only). b)    Finish in the top 30% of your board division at the 2012 Hennessey’s-WPA U.S. Paddle Championships (Long course only). c)     ... Read More »

WPA Sanctions 2011 California Firefighter Olympics SUP Race/Relay

2011 Firefighter Olympics

This year’s California Firefighter Olympics is adding SUP racing and team relays for the first time in the event’s 41-year history. To be held July 13 at the Newport Dunes Lagoon (Hyatt Newport Beach), the WPA-sanctioned races will include a 3-mile fun race, a 6-mile open race, and Department team relays. For more information please go to www.firefighterolympics.org or contact ... Read More »

2011 Waterman’s Paddle for Humanity gains sanctioning from WPA

The WPA (World Paddle Association) announced today that it’s upcoming Waterman’s Paddle for Humanity race at Dana Point will be an officially sanctioned event of the WPA. The sanctioning now makes it possible for competitors to be eligible for points in their purist of a world championship title.  The event, which is a fundraiser for SurfAid International, has been long ... Read More »

Organization mimics the WPA race series

::FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:: Organization mimics the WPA race series March 26, 2010, Dana Point, CA – It is often said that imitation is the best form of flattery, but when it comes to an accrediting organization that is hardly the case.  During the past twelve months the World Paddle Association successfully instituted race and result standards, most recently announcing the ... Read More »

Jamie Mitchell Nominated for National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year”

WPA Spokesman Jamie Mitchell nominated for National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year” award! Jamie Mitchell, WPA, Quiksilver and SurfTech spokesman is one of ten nominees for National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year” award. Each nominee has been selected for his or her extraordinary achievement in exploration, conservation, and adventure sports in 2010. The last 12 months have been a blur ... Read More »

2011 WPA U.S. Race Series

The 2011 WPA U.S. Race Series will be made up of seven regions in the United States with 6 races in each region that will be ranked and counted toward the regional championship in each division and used as qualifying process for a season ending WPA Championship TBA. WPA U.S. Regions The following regions will make up the 2011 WPA ... Read More »