July 9, 2017

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)

11:30—12:30AM              LUNCH

1:00—2:00PM                   2,000M SUP (Triangle)

2:30—3:00PM                   FUN Technical RACE (Multiple Buoys)

3:30-4:00PM                      AWARDS


2017 World SUP Tour schedule

(updated 7/3/17)

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

*Points carried over to 2018 (Dates and events schedule to change)