April 24, 2011

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 considered one of the premier races on the west coast. The endorsement further establishes the races place in competitive paddling and will inevitable draw even more elite athletes to the event.

The Waterman’s Paddle for Humanity has seen consistent and sizable growth over the last 3 years and will has expanded from one event in 2010, to a 3 event series for 2011. This years events include Dana Point April 30th, Deerfield Beach Fl June 4th, and Washington DC August 20th. The series is expected to draw over a 1000 participants and raise over $100,000.00 for SurfAId International.

“We are stoked to have the support and endorsement of the World Paddle Association (WPA) for the event.  They are doing great things for the sport by organizing and standardizing the way the competitive circuit is run. This gives the event even more credibility and relevance for the elites athletes, something we are very thrilled to have.” Pete Stirling of Waterman’s Applied Science

“The event is one that is one of the best on the west coast and knowing how well it has been run, who is involved and who it benefits, made sense for WPA to sanction the event and get involved.” Byron Kurt, director of the WPA

This year the WPA will conduct 50 races in eight regions from Hawaii to the Eastern seaboard.  The races are all part of an international ranking system that will eventually determine world champions in the sport. The mission of the WPA: to provide a comprehensive voice, fair and equal access and organizational structure to the sport of stand up paddling and its participants in a manner that benefits the paddling community.

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