April 22, 2019

WPA Partners with the APP to launch the U.S. Cup & APP Qualifying Series

The APP Qualifying Series powered by the WPA is set to kick off with the opening of its US Cup this month across the US

The APP World Tour is proud to announce the roll out of its global qualification system for the 2020 season and beyond, as it builds up to the 2019 season opener of the Tour in just over 6 weeks in London.Building on the announcement of its alignment with the WPA earlier this year that provides some much needed structure to the racing scene, the APP World Tour is proud to unveil details of its global program, that provides qualification opportunities across both N & S America, Europe and Asia.

It all kicks off this month, with the Opening events of the US Cup, the Opening leg of the 2019 Qualifying Series and the ever popular Carolina Cup on April 27th – 28th. This is followed on directly by the Salt Life Columbus Cup in Columbus Georgia on the weekend of the 4th – 5th May, providing a perfect Opening 10 days to the 2019 Racing Season.

Both events will be broadcast LIVE at and on facebook @appworldtour and for more information on the US Cup please go to and

US Cup to feature flagship stops across the US providing unprecedented access to the World Championship Tour

The US Cup, the signature leg of the APP World Qualifying Series powered by the WPA features North America’s most prestigious and flagship events, starting with the afformentioned Carolina Cup and Salt Life Columbus Cup, but also including the magical Olukai Ho’olaulea, the SIC Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge, the New York SUP Open and the Battle of the Bay, in San Francisco.

The US Cup features all the premier events across the US, boasting premium qualifying points and prize-money to provide an inclusive and ideal qualifying platform for aspiring athletes across the globe.

The Top 5 Men and Women from the US Cup will qualify directly for the 2020 APP World Tour, with spaces opening up to the next in line for athletes outside of the Top 5 should existing and qualified APP World Tour Athletes finish in the Top 5 on the US Cup. Here is the breakdown of events and for more information on the US Cup, please go to

1.      Carolina Cup: 27th – 28th April

2.      Salt Life Columbus Cup: 4th May

3.      Olukai Ho’olaulea: 9th June

4.      SIC Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge: 17th – 18th August

5.      New York SUP Open (Pro-Am): 31st August – 2nd Sept. (APP WT Race: 5th – 7th Sept.)

6.      Battle of the Bay: 6th October

This is an exciting step forward for SUP Surfing, complementing the 4 stop season on the APP World Tour in 2019 and celebrating the wealth of talent coming into the sport across the globe. After a dramatic Opening stop at Sunset, next up for the APP World Surfing Tour will be the New York SUP Open that will run from the 31st August – 5th September.

For more information and to follow the latest from the Tour and Qualifying Series, please go to and follow across social media @appworldtour

While the formal APP World Qualifying Series for Surfing will be introduced for the 2020 season, its forerunner, the Carolina Pro-Am that took place April 20-21st will provide a great taste of things to come as well as providing much sought after wildcard spots for the 2019 New York SUP Open.

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