June 14, 2012

Jim Terrell appointed to the World Paddle Association Board of Directors

The World Paddle Association (WPA) is proud to announce Jim Terrell being voted in and appointed to board of directors.  Jim Terrell is the founder/owner of Quickblade Paddles, four time USA Olympic Canoe team member and Elite stand up paddler.

“Jim brings a great wealth of knowledge and experience to the WPA with his background as an athlete and owner/designer of paddle equipment (Quickblade Paddles) that has dedicated itself to the sport of stand up paddling”, states Byron Kurt, co-founder of the WPA.  “Jim with great support from his wife Liz will give the WPA further input needed to keep the sport growing in the proper direction for a great experience and success for all.”

“I am both honored and excited to help evolve the sport of stand up paddling with the WPA”, states Jim Terrell.  “I look forward to offering ideas that will help the sport of stand up paddling continue to succeed and continue to provide good fun for all involved.”

“Jim has been involved with paddle sports as a youth and through his adulthood he is at the forefront of SUP racing, design and pushing the technology envelope. We are excited to have Jim on the BOD and look forward to his wisdom and experience to help drive the WPA in the future”, states Scott Sanchez co-founder of the WPA.

Jim will join the current WPA board of director’s Byron Kurt/WPA Co-founder, Scott Sanchez-WPA Co-founder, Ann-Marie Reichman-Professional Athlete/European representative, Billy Whitford-Executive Director of Newport Aquatic Center, Chuck Patterson-Professional Athlete representative, Dan Van Dyck-Event Director,  Dez Blanchfield-Founder of Blast RMS/Australia representative, Gary Wise-Regional Race Director/Master Instructor, Mike Muir-President of Riviera Paddle Surf Co., and Reid Inouye-Founder/Publisher of Stand Up Paddle Magazine.

Jim is four time Olympic Canoeist that includes multiply National and International awards and titles. His passion is building the finest competition paddles that began at the ripe age of 11 in his father’s garage in Milford, Ohio. He has been involved in SUP for the last several years as a paddler, journalist, consultant, editor coach and mad inventor. Jim will no doubt help evolve the sport of stand of paddling with his thoughts and ideas just as all of the board of directors have had a big impact with the WPA.

About the World Paddle Association

The WPA’s mission is to provide a comprehensive voice, fair and equal access and organizational structure to the sport of Stand Up Paddling (SUP) and its participants in a manner that benefits the collective paddling community.

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