The World Paddle Association announces the event schedule for the 2015 WPA Scholastic SUP race series. The WPA Scholastic SUP race series will consist of 4 races and a championship race in 2015 to help grow the youth SUP competition while providing national rankings at the high school, middle school and grade school levels. The first race in the series to be held on May 3, 2015 at the 3rd Annual Performance Paddling Jr Pro & Youth Sup Fiesta in Huntington Beach, CA.
The WPA Scholastic competitors will be awarded points at each of the designated races and then awarded quadruple points at the WPA Scholastic SUP Championships held in early fall. The WPA Scholastic SUP races will allow each competitor to participate in Varsity, JV, middle school or grade school divisions depending on each competitor’s ability level. There will be two races offered at each event however, high school seniors would have to compete in the Varsity division of each WPA Scholastic SUP race. The Scholastic SUP races will also offer age divisions so each competitor will earn points for rankings in their age group as well as in their school grade ranking. In addition, any middle or grade school competitor that competes in the Varsity race will receive a “Division 1” ranking for their grade level. Both boys and girls will compete on boards 12’6 & under at the selected WPA Scholastic races.
2015 WPA Scholastic SUP Race Series Schedule
- May 3: Performance Paddling Jr Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta, Huntington Beach, CA
- May 30: Hobie-Hennessey’s Waterman’s Challenge, Dana Point, CA
- July 18: Big Bear PaddleFest, Big Bear Lake, CA
- July 25: Dana Point Yacht Club RHD Charity SUP Race, Dana Point, CA
- Sept: WPA Scholastic SUP Championships, Location- TBA
All competitors will need to complete their school information when registering in order to receive points for rankings and show proof of age with birth certificate beginning at the Hobie-Hennessey event on May 30th.
WPA partner PaddleGuru, who manages the race solution for all of the WPA sanctioned events, will be managing the scholastic rankings. All competitors will need to be a current WPA member by July 15, 2015 to have the points they earned from prior races included in their total ranking. A special WPA membership will be set up for the scholastic competitors that will be available in May, 2015.
About the WPA: Since 2009 the mission of the WPA is to provide a comprehensive voice, fair and equal access and organizational structure to stand up paddling (SUP) and paddle sports and its participants in a manner that benefits the collective paddling community.