One of the goals of SUPAA is to help give direction and organization to the sport of stand up paddle racing. A key ingredient to positive growth is a universal set of rules with race officials educated on implementation of these rules.
We have been working extensively with the top race directors and athletes to help form a program that will have the greatest benefit to everyone. Since 2014, SUPAA has hosted Race Official Certification Courses on five continents to certify thirty SUPAA race officials.
Upon completion of the SUPAA race official course, certified officials will automatically gain a one-year SUPAA membership. SUPAA members receive great discounts with our corporate partners and access to exclusive training and racing tools and information. There are a limited number of spots available for each certification course.
Register for our live online SUP race official certification course on July 31st from 10-2 Eastern Standard Time by signing up below. There are a limited number of spots so register today!
“As one of the few sup race directors in the Netherlands, I have faced many situations such as false starts due to bad starting line layouts, severe weather and sea state conditions, close finishes and missed buoys. In all these cases, asking the right questions, good judgement and a clear set of rules are mandatory. The SUPAA course helped me in ensuring that the game of sup racing is played at high and consistent quality with the same set of rules for all races.”
11-City SUP Tour-Holland
Dutch Championship Series
“I was a first time race director and really needed guidance on how to structure a successful stand up paddleboard race. I chose to take the SUPAA race official certification course because I had attended Chase Kosterlitz’s races in the past and thought they were fun and well managed. The SUPAA race official course was exactly what I needed…it gave me the practical knowledge of years of both professional racer and race director’s experiences from all over the world. It covered areas such as setting up your support team, registration and communication to racers, safety protocol, starting and finishing procedures, race rules and enforcement, prize money guidelines…the list goes on and on.
Sarasota SUP Championships
Race Official Certification Outline
The purpose of the SUPAA race official certification course is to give race officials the tools and knowledge necessary to properly execute the SUPAA rulebook. Upon completion of the course, race officials must pass the exam to become a certified SUPAA race official.
SUPAA race officials are qualified to conduct the event operations at any SUPAA sanctioned event. At least one SUPAA race official must be working with an event in order for that event to receive official SUPAA certification.
SUPAA race official certification is valid for 3-years from the date of passing the certification exam as long as annual race official membership remains up-to-date.
Online Course Schedule
*All times are Eastern Standard Time*
10:00-10:30 AM Introduction to SUPAA
10:30:00-12:30 AM Presentation of the SUPAA rulebook. Detailed explanations, Q and A.
Key SUP race points:
-Race Vessel Operation
-Paddling On The Course
12:30-1:30 PM- Interactive rulebook demonstrations and discussion
1:30-2:00 PM- Rulebook Review. Online test
SUPAA race official certification is valid for 3 years from the date the course is passed. Race officials may renew their certification through online testing once their certification is expired after 3 years. New online courses or testing may be offered in the future to account for developments in the sport of stand up paddling.
SUPAA Race Official Certification Course:
Certificate designation as a SUPAA race official.
Access to exclusive SUP race official news, information, and continuing education.
Discounts with all SUPAA corporate partners.
1-year SUPAA Race Official Membership.
Individual race official support and guidance through email and phone.
Inclusion in our directory of SUPAA race officials on our website.
Online promotion of any SUP race events you are involved with as a SUPAA race official.
About course presenter, Chase Kosterlitz:
The first race I ever competed in was one that I served as the race official for in 2009. Since then I have organized and served as the head race official for 15 SUP races, consulted with the ISA World Championships and assisted race officials around the world.
As an athlete I have competed in over 60 SUP events. My unique perspective as a race official and as an athlete has allowed me to gain valuable information in writing the course for our SUPAA race official certification. I look forward to helping you put on the best SUP races in the world.