As told by SUPAA President Chase Kosterlitz:
In 2009 I helped to organize my first stand up paddle race. It was after finishing this event as an athlete and race director that I realized the amazing potential for the sport of stand up paddle boarding.
The community aspect of stand up paddle boarding had great appeal and the physical challenge of paddling across the water standing on a board was new and exciting. Like many new stand up paddle board enthusiasts, I was hooked.
I was soon training hard and working to compete at the highest level. As I began to travel and participate in more events, I quickly realized the races lacked consistency in rules and their enforcement. An athletes association was something I knew would benefit the sport.
After four years of racing and networking, I gained the resources to develop the Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association.
Our first formal meeting of athletes from around the world took place two days before the 2013 Battle of the Paddle. This meeting was held to discuss the ideas of stand up paddle athletes, vote on key issues and help gain momentum for the launch of SUPAA.
Since the meeting we have been working to organize the ideas and visions of athletes, race directors, stand up paddle board brands and industry personnel. Through open communication between all parties we have developed a strong foundation from which the Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association will operate.
We will continue to strive for excellence in stand up paddle boarding.