China WPA Sanctioning Body Announced!
The World Paddle Association (WPA) is proud to announce Bao Xuping has been appointed as the President of newly formed World Paddle Association (WPA)-China.
WPA China will organize Stand Up paddle competitions, train and certify coaches, judges and event officials as well as endorse safe, well run competitions, clubs and training facilities throughout Mainland China, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei and Macau.
As the owner/producer of the Silver Dragon surf contest and Dragon Sk8 series, Bao brings a wealth of event production experience and knowledge of Chinese business practice to oversee the growth of Stand Up Paddling and Paddle Sports in China.
“Bao Xuping and his team bring great knowledge and experience to the WPA and the dedication to help grow the sport of stand up paddling and paddle sports in China and all Asia”, states Byron Kurt, co-founder of the WPA. “With Bao’s background, he will help expand the WPA in all of Asia while educating his directors to be successful in their endeavors”, continues Kurt.
“I’m excited to become the President of the WPA-China given their investment and knowledge in the sport of SUP and Paddling”, states Bao Xuping. “The WPA will give China the foundation to help grow the sport in the proper manner. We know that in order to build participation, we must develop the culture at the recreational level. It’s essential to have world class athletes participate while providing a division for newer competitors to aspire to” continues Bao.
The WPA China SUP Challenge – July 15, 2017
The WPA China SUP Challenge is a fun “developmental” race for both first time racers and local elite athletes (WST points will be provided to all competitors entered).
WHEN/ 7:30 AM JULY 15, 2017
WHERE/ Qiandao Lake (1000 Islands lakes area), Chun’an, Hangzhou
Qiandao Lake is the largest National Forest Park in China with forest coverage of as high as 95% and green looking ratio of almost 100%. It is reputed for clear water with 17.8 billion cubic meter of water body and 9-12 meter visibility. It has gradually been developed into an international leisure resort.
7:30 AM Registration
8:00—8:20AM Paddlers Meeting
8:30—10:00AM Demos & Practice
10:30—11:00AM SUP Sprints (400M)
1:00—2:00PM 2,000M SUP (Triangle)
2:30—3:00PM FUN Technical RACE (Multiple Buoys)
2017 World SUP Tour schedule
Date Event Location Region
April 8th Rincon Beach Boy SUP Race Puerto Rico East
April 22th Carolina Cup Wrightsville Beach, NC East
June 3rd WPA Championships Columbus, GA East
June 24th North Shore Challenge Oahu, HI West
July 8th Canadian Championships Toronto, CN East
July 15th China SUP Challenge Hangzhou, China Asia
Aug 19th Naish Columbia Gorge Challenge Hood River, OR West
Sept 23rd Battle of the Bay San Francisco, CA West
Sept 29th Pacific Paddle Games Dana Point, CA Finale
Oct 14th *Japan SUP Cup Chigasaki, Japan Asia
Oct 21st *Mistral Korea Cup Busan, Korea Asia