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logo-suwtThe Stand Up World Series is the professional platform for the world’s best Stand Up Paddle Racers to determine the legitimate Men’s, Women’s and U16 World Champions. The Series spans the globe, and culminates in the World Championship Finals at Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Oahu in October. The World Challenger Series provides a 2nd tier level of event that helps support the development of Stand Up Paddling Worldwide, and the creation of Regional Cups that combine with full status World Series events in each major market.



Date Event Location Region Status
May 13th – 15th Japan→ Hayama Asia Complete
June 24th – 26th Germany→ Hamburg Europe Complete tbd
Sept. 1st – 28th USA→ San Francisco N. America Confirmed
Oct. 14th- 16th Hawaii→ Maui Hawaii Confirmed


Each Stand Up World Series event will consist of 2 racing formats:

  • Long Distance: Anywhere from 10km – 18km, and either downwind coast run or course race, subject to location and local conditions
  • Sprint Course: Heat elimination format sprint course featuring 300 – 500m sprints customized to suit the surrounding environment The overall result from long distance and sprint races combined will provide the qualification points and Final result from each event. Long distance and sprint races will be weighted equally.


Events are classified according to their prize purse, with the following event classifications:

  • World Series: US$25k
  • Prime Challenger: $20k
  • 5 Star: US$15k
  • 4 Star: US$10k
  • 3 Star: US$5k

World Series events will garner the most points, with the points calculated relative to the level of the event and final placings. Event points will be determined from athletes’ overall result, in both sprint and long distance. Points chart is included below.


  • On the World Series, it is open entry to all athletes, with their best 4 long distance & best 4 sprint racing results that will count towards their overall ranking at the end of the year.
  • The EU Cup consists of 3 events in 2015, with all races counting towards the overall EU Cup and European Championship Rankings:
  • All events will feature the Official World Series class (12’6), but also Open Classes for 14ft and 12ft & under, as well as U16 youth events


The World Qualifying Class will be a rudderless 12’6, and while all World Series and Challenger events will feature multiple classes, the qualifying Class for the official overall rankings will be 12’6 across the board, to create a uniform one board event and allow athletes to travel with their boards rather than face unsurmountable shipping charges and hassle to travel to events.

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