January 31, 2012

2012 WPA World Championship announcement!

WPA - Hennessey's 2011 Stand Up Paddle World Champion Jamie Mitchell

Hennessey’s and the World Paddle Association proudly announce the 2012 World SUP/Paddle Championships to be held in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on November 3 & 4, 2012.  Cabo San Lucas or also known as Los Cabos will provide a perfect setting to bring together the best paddlers in the world to compete in tropical weather and warm water for two days of competition.  The world championship race will be conducted on 14’ boards for Men and 12’6 boards for Women.  More details with the race format will be announced as there will be the World Championship race, Open race, sprint races and team relay races.

14' WPA World Stand Up Paddle Champion Chase Kosterlitz 1st (center), Slater Trout 2nd (right); Matt Becker 3rd (left)

Competitors can qualify for the 2012 World Championship by participating in 2012 World Paddle Association sanctioned events by earning a spot into your respective regional championship, 12 National races, Hennessey’s-WPA U.S. Championships, 11 City Tour and top placings from the 2011 World and U.S. championships.  You can find all the qualifying criteria on along with more details on travel packages, board transportation and more on and


2011 WPA World Champion Candice Appleby

Hennessey’s has conducted the International and World championships for nine years that included events in Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, San Francisco, San Diego and Hermosa Beach .  Since the Hennessey’s International events are truly a worldly competition it made sense for the event to be named the world championships and with Hennessey’s 18 year commitment to the sport of paddling.

The World Paddle Association will sanction 200 plus events in 2012 along with events in Australia, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Europe.  The World Paddle Association has been committed to provide guidelines and rules to grow the sport for the future of stand up paddling.  Check your local WPA region for a schedule of sanctioned events.