September 11, 2018

Salt Life “Champion Paddler of the Year” entry winners

DANA POINT, CA — Salt Life Apparel, in association with the World Paddle Association and the Pacific Paddle Games will crown the “Salt Life Champion Paddler of the Year” of the 2018 Salt Life Cup.  The WPA National Races and the Salt Life Cup will be awarding the top placing Open and Junior competitors throughout the racing season.  New for 2018, a stand-alone Salt Life Cup Open & Juniors “Champion Paddler of the Year” will be given out at the Pacific Paddle Games on October 6 & 7, 2018 at Doheny State Beach, California.

The Salt Life Cup WPA National races (see below schedule) strive to support Open & Junior paddlers who are competing on a regional level by giving them the opportunity to compete against the best in class at the biggest SUP event of the year: the 2018 Pacific Paddle Game presented by Salt Life. Top placers in the WPA National races, will receive complimentary entry into the Technical race for #PPG2018, courtesy of the WPA, Salt Life and PPG.  Salt Life product will also be awarded to the top placing competitors in each division with Open Men’s SUP 14’&U, Open Women’s SUP 12’6&U and Junior Boys and Girls(17U) 12’6 &U board classes.

All Open & Junior paddlers participating in the Pacific Paddle Games will have the chance to be crowned the Salt Life Champion Paddler of the Year and Salt Life Cup Open Champion for 2018.  The new Salt Life Cup Open champion award will be based on results from the Pacific Paddle Games and the Open Technical race only. The Open and Junior competitors have always been the most important participants in the sport and now they have a place to showcase their talent with the support of Salt Life apparel, Pacific Paddle Games and PaddleGuru in the events sanctioned by the WPA to provide the best growth for the future of the sport.  Competitors earning free entry into the Pacific Paddle Games Open and Juniors Technical race are listed below.  For the chance to become the Salt Life Champion Paddler of the Year, register for the Pacific Paddle Games on the following link;

WPA partner PaddleGuru who manages the race solution for WPA sanctioned events will also be managing the points by region throughout the year.  Look for additional WPA and Salt Life Cup event information at and

Pacific Paddle Games Entry Winners

Winners listed below should register for the Pacific Paddle Games and then you will get a refund for your Technical race entry.  Please email if you have any questions with your entry at the PPG event.
Division Competitor (Men & Women) Event
Open Jason Casuga/Erika Lane Shark Bite Challenge
Junior Shea Herbst/Lina Bowers Shark Bite Challenge
Open Jeremy Whitted/Sarah Nelson Carolina CUP
Junior- Money Robert Peters/Valeria Salustri Carolina CUP
Junior- Harbor Campbell Carter/Elle Newkirk Carolina CUP
Open TBA 18th Annual Key West Classic
Junior TBA 18th Annual Key West Classic
Open Curt Hawn/Michele Porter Salt Life Columbus Cup
Junior Campbell Carter/Elisabeth Mccall Salt Life Columbus Cup
Open Jake Graham/Mel Wygal Santa Monica Pier Paddle Festival
Junior TJ Munks/Soryn Preston Santa Monica Pier Paddle Festival
Open Noah Garfield/Zane Saemz Turtle Bay Challenge
Junior Kiyomi Sheppard Turtle Bay Challenge
Open Phil Glawe/Samantha Stewart Treasure Island Pirate Paddle 
Junior Emma Engle Treasure Island Pirate Paddle 
Open Mark Asher/Cheryl Kemp OABI Detroit
Junior Max Sulayman OABI Detroit
Open Leif Berstrom/Alyson Fromm Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge
Junior Thomas Nilsen/Belah Ellis Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge
Groms Finn Spencer/Mary Rose Kissinger Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge
Open 9/30/2018 Battle of the Bay
Junior Battle of the Bay
*Top placing Open/Junior competitors from each event receive entry into the Open or Juniors  technical race at the Pacific Paddle Games.


The 2018 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life are a stand-alone event, not sanctioned by the WPA.

About the World Paddle Association

Since 2009, the WPA has provided an organizational structure to paddle sports for the best growth of sport that includes sanctioning for events, points for rankings, insurance, rules and guidelines, education, certified instructors for a comprehensive voice, fair and equal access in a manner that benefits the collective paddling community.

About Salt Life:
Salt Life is an authentic, aspirational and lifestyle brand that embraces those who love the ocean and everything associated with living the “Salt Life”. Founded in 2003 by four avid watermen from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, the Salt Life brand has widespread appeal with ocean enthusiasts worldwide. From fishing, diving and surfing, to beach fun and sun-soaked relaxation, the Salt Life brand says, “I live the Salt Life”.  Salt Life, LLC is operated as an operating subsidiary of Delta Apparel, Inc., where it has been managed since 2011. The flagship Salt Life retail store, which opened in Jacksonville Beach, Florida in 2012, serves as a vision for retail customers to see product placements they can utilize in their stores and across multiple platforms.  Numerous professional athletes and sportsmen have an alliance with the brand in cross-marketing partnerships. (

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