WHO RUNS SUPAA?
Our Board of Directors and Advisory Board members are some of the most experienced and accomplished stand up paddle athletes and individuals in the world. The Board of Directors oversees all functions and decisions with the input of our Advisory Board and SUPAA members.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF SUPAA?
SUPAA was formed to help give direction to the growth of stand up paddle boarding in a positive and sustainable manner. Global race regulations for rules, safety, course distances, board specs and prize money are important to continuing stand up paddle board growth. Youth development and access programs will also be implemented to help grow the sport. Through our programs we will work to ensure the highest level of excellence in stand up paddling.
WHY CREATE ANOTHER STAND UP PADDLE BOARD ORGANIZATION?
There are many great stand up paddle organizations throughout the world working to promote the sport. However, we felt there was a need for a truly global organization to unify the rules and interests of all stand up paddle constituent groups. This is why The Stand Up Paddle Athletes Association was formed.
SUPAA is not affiliated with, or working directly alongside any existing stand up paddle organizations. We will cooperate with all existing entities and encourage them to adopt the SUPAA Rulebook and work with us. Visit our HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT page for more details.
IS SUPAA SANCTIONING STAND UP PADDLE EVENTS?
We will not officially sanction any SUPAA events until 2015. We will however, encourage race officials around the world to adopt the SUPAA Rulebook and implement it as their events in 2014. Through the feedback we receive from race officials and athletes we will work to refine the rules for the following year. In 2014 we will certify SUPAA Race Officials so that in 2015 these officials can manage SUPAA sanctioned events.
In 2015 we will sanction the first official SUPAA stand up paddle events. This 1-year process ensures a high standard of excellence for SUPAA stand up paddle events and allows us to gain the input and feedback from all SUP athletes. We encourage you to adopt the SUPAA rules in 2014 and send us your feedback and input. Ask for a free race management consultation from SUPAA for additional race support. We will help you with your questions and provide support to make your stand up paddle race a success.
WHAT DO I GET WHEN I JOIN SUPAA?
SUPAA member benefits include exclusive paddle tips and training information from the world’s top paddlers, travel discounts with United Airlines, amazing offers and discounts from our SUPAA partners and Paddle Coach program, monthly e-news updates, SUPAA board decal and the knowledge that you will be helping to support programs that will ensure the positive growth of stand up paddle boarding worldwide.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN SUPAA?
Your SUPAA membership will help us institute SUPAA programs and regulations that will help the sport continue positive and inclusive growth. You will join a passionate community of paddlers from around the world to share ideas, information and your love of the sport.
WHY ARE YOU CREATING BOARD RESTRICTIONS?
We believe that athletes should win events based on their hard work and skill rather than their equipment. SUPAA embraces advancements in design and technology by supporting an unlimited class. We will reevaluate our official board restrictions at the end of each calendar year to account for changes that may need to be made based on future development and input from stand up paddle constituent groups.
HOW IS SUPAA DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS?
Our Board of Directors and Advisory Board are comprised of some of the most experienced and accomplished stand up paddle athletes and individuals in the world. SUPAA is a worldwide organization with representatives on 5 continents. The SUPAA Rulebook is the most comprehensive set of rules ever created for stand up paddling. With the input of race directors and athletes we will work to make these the unified rules of stand up paddling. We have created a strong and unique position to cooperate with manufactures, race directors and media to set a unified path of positive growth in stand up paddling.