The World Paddle Association (WPA) and the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP) announce the 2020 U.S. Championship and Qualifying Series. The WPA and the APP bring a combined 20 years of event management in the sport along with decades of water sports experience and knowledge to combine efforts for the best growth of sport and to unify the sport of stand-up paddling.
The APP World Tour events will continue to feature high profile races across the globe that ultimately crown the sports Professional World Champions for both Men and Women, Surfing and Racing, while the WPA will manage the U.S. Championship Series & Qualifying Series and continue to support the Open and Juniors divisions in WPA sanctioned events.
The U.S. Championship & APP Qualifying Series features WPA National races where competitors will earn valuable points towards qualification for the APP World Tour and ultimately, points toward crowning the WPA U.S. champions and APP World Tour champions. The WPA will manage the Qualifying Series points as competitors can earn the most points being offered by the Series’ at Prime and marquee events. Click on each event to get more details and to register:
U.S. Sup Surf Qualifier:
U.S. Sup Race Series Qualifiers:
- April- 24-26th- Carolina Cup, Wrightsville Beach, NC
- May 2nd- Salt Life Columbus Cup, Columbus, GA
- July 13-18th- APP Maui Open, Maui, HI
- August 15-16th- SIC Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, Hoodriver OR
Go to the following link for more detailed information on the APP World Tour events, World Qualifier Series and qualified competitors:
“The APP is proud to combine efforts with the WPA in the U.S., to provide further structure and a unique pathway for athletes to work their way towards a career in the ever-growing sport of Stand Up Paddling. Through this partnership and the APP’s sanctioning by the ISA, we can provide a unified front for the sport, that stems from grass roots participation, to World Tour competition, not to mention the potential future prospect of Olympic integration”, adds Tristan Boxford, CEO of the APP World Tour.
“The WPA is excited to combine efforts with the APP World Tour and to provide a unified platform for the sport”, states Byron Kurt, President/Co-founder of the WPA. “With the experience that both associations bring to the sport, this will create more opportunity for competitors, the events in 2020 and the future”, continues Kurt.
The APP and WPA will work together to grow the sport at every level: this will include increased marketing for events, sponsors and competitors to give us the best opportunity to expand event coverage, grow our audience and increase participation. Updated information with the U.S. Qualifying Series standings will be posted on the WPA and APP World Tour websites.
About the World Paddle Association
Since 2009, the WPA’s mission is to provide a comprehensive voice, fair and equal access and organizational structure to paddle sports and Stand Up Paddling (SUP) and its participants in a manner that benefits the collective paddling community. More information on the WPA can be found at www.worldpaddleassociation.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the APP
The APP World Tour is the Professional World Championship Tour for the Sport of Paddlesurfing (also known as SUP / Stand Up Paddling / Paddleboarding), officially sanctioned by the IOC recognized Federation for Surfing Sports, the ISA (International Surfing Association). Re-branded in 2017 as the APP World Tour (previously known as the Stand Up World Tour and Series) the APP has been crowning the sport’s Professional World Champions for both Men & Women across Racing and Surfing since 2010.
The APP World Tour produces a complete inventory of programming, including live and post produced broadcasts from its events, with distribution to over 100 countries worldwide via premier global networks such as CBS Sports and Fox Sports Asia & Australia. More Information is available at www.appworldtour.com and fans can follow events @appworldtour on Facebook & Instagram. For more information on the APP’s City Paddle Festivals please visit www.citypaddlefestivals.com.