2017 WPA Paddle Championships Presented by SALT LIFE

The World Paddle Association (WPA) in conjunction with Uptown Columbus GA will host the WPA Paddle Championships presented by SALT LIFE on June 3-4, 2017 in Columbus, GA on the Chattahoochee River (90 miles South of Atlanta, GA).  There will be open entry for all competitors in all races, however each competitor should decide which race with best suit their ability.

The WPA Paddle Championships is also the third stop on the World SUP Tour (WST), WST East region series, the WPA National Race Series and Salt Life Cup.  The World SUP Tour offers points and a Salt Life bonus money to the three top male and female point’s leaders at the end of the season and points toward the Salt Life Cup/WPA National Race Series (See full details on worldpaddleassociation.com).

The WPA Paddle Championships will include the following races and board divisions, 3 mile Open race, 1 & 3 mile Kids races, 4-5 mile SUP Pro technical race on Saturday and a 6-7 mile Long race on Sunday that will include all paddling classes with SUP, Surfski, OC1 & OC2 and Prone.  You can see full race schedule with travel and hotel discounts along with registration on this website.  All race distances, times and days are tentative and subject to change given weather and conditions.  OC, Surfski and Prone divisions entered in the Distance race along with the Pro-Elite Combined will offer $15,000 total prize money to the top finishers overall across the line (money breakdown pending total entries in each board class).

Races & Registration Information

Race Age Divisions
KIDS 1 Mile Race 8U, 9-11, 12-14, 15-17
KIDS 3 Mile Tech Race 9-11, 12-14, 15-17
OPEN SUP Race (3-4 miles) 17U, 18-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
OPEN Prone Stock Race (3-4 miles) 39U, 40+
MENS SUP Unlimited Distance Race (8 Miles) All
Open SUP Distance Race (6 Miles) 17U, 18-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
Prone Distance Race (8 miles) 39U, 40+
OC1 & Surfski Distance Race (8 miles) 49U, 50+
OC2 & Surfski2 Distance Race (8 miles) 49U, 50+
WOMENS PRO SUP 12'6 Combo (Tech/Distance) 17U, 18-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
Men's PRO SUP 14' Combo (Tech/Distance) 17U, 18-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

See the below hotel discounts and board storage information.

Exhibitor space and sponsorship's, contact Byron Kurt: byron@worldpaddleassociation.com

2017 WPA Paddle Championships

Event Schedule

PFD's are Mandatory!

Friday, June 2nd

9am-6pm:  Vendor booth set-up

12-6pm:     On water Demos/Clinics

4-8pm:       Registration/Check-in (Salt Life store)

5-6pm:       Introduction to SUP Paddling and racing- Jeramie Vaine

6-9pm:       Welcome Party at the Salt Life store- 1104 Broadway

Saturday, June 3rd

7-10am:      Registration/Check-in

8:30am:      Open Race Meeting

9am:           Open Race

10am:         Kids Race Meeting

10:30am:    Kids Race

11:30am:    Pro Race Meeting

12pm:         Pro-Elite SUP Race

1pm-5pm    On water Demos

7pm:           Awards Party

Sunday, June 4th

7-9am:        Registration/Check-in

9am:           Distance Race Meeting

9:30am:      OC/Surfski/Prone Distance Race

9:35am:      Open SUP Distance Race

10:45am:    Pro Race Meeting

11am:          Pro-Elite SUP Distance Race

3pm:           Awards


1- Hour Introduction to SUP Paddling and race clinic by Jeramie Vaine-  $30.00 pp

Veramie Vaine, Elite SUP competitor and WPA Class III certified instructor will be teaching the fundamentals of the stroke technique and the introduction to competing in races for beginning and intermediate paddlers.  This class will give the paddler the confidence to be able to have fun in races while learning the key components of the stroke and get additional tips so you can continue to become better paddler.  Sign up on the registration.

Event Hotel, Camping & Board Storage

Columbus Marriott (two blocks from event site)

800 Front Ave

Columbus, GA 31901

Please contact the Marriott directly to book your room:

706-324-1800, ask for Amy or Jessica and mention that your with the WPA event to get the preferred rate of $99.00 per night. 

Book soon, as the booking block will sell out!


Uptown Columbus is offering free camping one block from the event site.  Recommended for self contained vehicles as there is no power are water available.

To reserve your spot, please contact Becca Zajac, becca@uptowncolumbusga.com

Board Storage (200 yds from event site)

Board and craft storage will be available for all competitors from Friday, June 2nd to Monday, June 5th at 12pm.  The board storage will be closed and locked from 8pm to 7am each day.  Storage will be open from 7am to 8pm each day Friday to Sunday.  Storage is the responsibility of each person that stores any product or board.  We highly advise to ONLY store boards or vessels and remove all personal items like PFD's, paddles and other accessory items so they do not walk off in others hands.  Here is the storage address:

White Water Express (building next door, look for sign)

1000 Bay Ave

Columbus, GA 31901

This list is private.

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

Open/Technical Race map (Saturday)

Long Course 


Jun 3 to Jun 4, 2017


Columbus, GA