April 29, 2014

2014 WPA Championship Race Event Information

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. Petersburg-Clearwater is an amazing paddling destination with miles of open water and inter-costal conditions, it will challenge all competitors in this championship event. Get ready for a fun-filled three days of events showcasing our true Gulf Beach charm hosted by The Sirata Beach Resort and its first class beachside amenities. This will be a weekend not to be missed!” Rob Mirlenbrink – WPA Region 5 Director and WPA Championship Race Director

“We are excited to hold the WPA Championships in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area given the large number of paddlers in Florida and the draw other areas and neighboring states on the East Coast. The ease of getting to and from this area will attract hundreds of paddlers and expose these amazing waters to the paddling community worldwide.” Byron Kurt, WPA President

“The WPA is thrilled to be working with the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Sports Commission in bringing the Paddling Community to the East Coast in October! We have some very cool things planned for this year’s race weekend and we look forward to welcoming competitors along with their families and friends from all over the World to the WPA Championships.” Kristin Artz, WPA Public Relations

“We’re honored to have World Paddle Association (WPA) World Championship in St. Pete Beach,” With the Gulf of Mexico on one side, and Tampa Bay on the other, our area is a natural fit for an event like this. We’re excited to be able to host the sport’s top athletes and have them enjoy our destination.” Kevin Smith, Sports Commission Director

Travel, Registration, Clinics and Race Course details will be announced in May. Races will include long course, short course (recreational), relays, paddleboard and outrigger divisions.

For more information on Exhibitor Space, Sponsorship Opportunities and Media Relations please contact Kristin Artz, WPA Public Relations:

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