Surfing America announces comprehensive changes to current system
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 August, 2016 - Surfing America’s Board of Directors announced today a new, comprehensive plan for the growth of SUP and Paddleboarding in the United States.
The new program includes the following: Development of the first ever SUP and Paddleboard National Championships, creation of two regional qualifying events and requirements to become an elite member of the 2017 US SUP & Paddleboarding team.
As well, an official Surfing America Junior Development Team will also be created to embrace the rapid growth of SUP and Paddleboard for those under the age of 18. "This announcement, the first ever in our sport, represents a major step forward in designing a program that encourages more participation of athletes from across the country and places the team selection process in the hands of the paddlers.
Our international competition teams will be 100% selected based upon performance," says Executive Director Greg Cruse. Surfing America is announcing for 2017, the following locations and dates for the regional qualifiers and The National Championships.
The Junior Team will be selected at the 2017 US Championships and receive coaching and special training opportunities throughout the year. Details of the Jr team will be announced as we approach the 2017 US Championships.
Brody Welte, Head Coach USA of the SUP/Paddleboard team comments, “It is exciting to roll out the overall vision for SUP and Paddleboard development in the US. Not only are we going to select the international competitive team through exciting events, but we will develop the infrastructure to facilitate the growth of all levels of paddlers.
The combination of great events as well as training and athlete development will help us propel the sports of SUP and Paddleboarding into the future.”